Want to look like Superman? (Who wouldn’t?) Want to feel like Superman? (Sign me up!) Well if so, you have to do something “super”. What better thing to do than supersets!
Again, just as a reminder from my prior blog post on Superset Shoulder Workout, here is what supersets are:
What is a Superset?
A superset workout is a form of strength training in which you move from one exercise directly into another, without any breaks.
Supersets can be done in two very different ways.
- You can performs supersets on opposing muscle groups. For example, you do bench press (which activates the chest) and you immediately jump into a superset of back rows (which activates the lats).
- You can also perform supersets on the same muscle group. (This is the strategy we will talk about today.) For example, you do side lateral raises, immediately followed by front lateral raises.
Why Perform Supersets?
Because, like everyone, you are probably short for time. You may be traveling and trying to get in a quick workout so you don’t mess up your vacation or work schedule. Supersets allow you to get a workout done in approximately 30-40 minutes.
Now, unlike my shoulder superset workout where we only performed shoulder exercises, in this workout we are going to pair chest and biceps together.
Why Pair Chest and Biceps?
Well, most people would perform chest and triceps and the thought behind that is typically this: you are already working your triceps during chest exercises, so it would make sense to work triceps with chest.
I say no to that! If you want big, muscular arms, you want to work your triceps separately. Your triceps can take a lot of abuse, for that reason I like to work them our separately on a day where I do back exercises, so I perform a Back/Tricep split…
Working your chest and your biceps gets the blood pumping to the front of your body, in your chest and in your biceps. Working your back and triceps gets the blood pumping to the back of your body…
Also, since your biceps work a lot in back movements, it gives you the chance to hit your biceps twice in a week, one directly and one indirectly. The same goes for triceps, since they are used on chest movements.
That’s my logic, whether it really makes scientific sense or not, it works for me!
Just give me the workout and stop blabbing!
Without further wait, here is the Trip Fitness approved Chest and Bicep superset workout!
In this workout, you will perform supersets on multiple sets which include both chest and bicep workouts. This whole workout WILL NOT be performed as a circuit, only the specific sets.
Warm Up Superset: 3-4 supersets (Perform the chest exercise first, then move directly into the bicep exercise without rest)
- Chest Pec Dec Machine (Flies) – 10 repetitions
- Machine Bicep Preacher Curl – 10 repetitions
Major Working Set: 4 supersets (In this one, you will perform the workouts in a circuit, performing one exercise set followed immediately by the other exercise set until all exercise sets are complete. That is considered one superset. Perform them in exactly the order I recommend below.)
You can substitute flat bench press and flat dumbbell flies for incline every other week if you would like…
I usually pick the same weight dumbbells for the flies and curls. That way I can just sit up on the bench after performing flies and move immediately into curls.
For the push ups, use the bench and put your feet up on the bench in order to make the push ups even harder. If you are exhausted, keep your feet on the ground…
- Flat Barbell Bench Press – 8-10 repetitions
- Flat Dumbbell Flies – 10-12 repetitions
- Seated Dumbbell Curls – 10-12 repetitions
- Feet on Bench Push Ups – 10-15 repetitions (however many you can perform until failure)
That is considered to be one superset. Gather your super hero strength and go after three more sets… If you can!
Finishing Superset: 3-4 supersets (Learn how to do chest dips properly, they are a fantastic mass builder in your chest!)
In this finishing set, you will perform as many dips as you can, until failure and then move immediately into bicep curls.
- Chest Dips – As many repetitions as you can perform, until failure. For me this is usually 15-20…
- Cable Bicep Curl – 10-12 repetitions
Once you finish three to four supersets of this finishing workout, you can consider yourself a bona-fide superset badass!
This workout will probably be pretty hard for a beginner, and even intermediate people. I would recommend starting lighter than you normally would with weights.
Before you go, I want some feedback! Did you try this workout? Did you like it? How would you improve it? Please use my comment system below and leave me a message here on this post with your thoughts! I want to hear from you!