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dshea Rookie 3 posts since
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Aug 20, 2007 3:25 PM

Cycling through sets

Is it better to cycle through 1 set of each activity before doing subsequent sets or is it better to do multiple sets before going on to the next activity?

  • JohnWMpls Rookie 2 posts since
    Oct 24, 2007
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    1. Oct 25, 2007 7:39 AM (in response to dshea)
    Re: Cycling through sets


    The answer to your question depends on what you are trying to achieve through your weight-training regimen.Are you trying to get bigger and stronger? Or are you trying get leaner?



    If your goal is size and strength then its of my opinion that you should focus on one exercise at a time before moving onto the next exercise in your routine. This allows you to focus more on what exercise you are doing and it also allows you take a slightly longer rest time which will in turn allow you to push out more reps and more weight.



    If you are trying to lean up and burn calories while getting stronger then pick two or three exercises and cycle through them. I workout over my lunch breaks so I have to do this in order to get enough reps and sets in. So also use this approach when you are short on time but still want to get as tough of a workout. Here is an example of one superset that I use on my Arms day that always kills me:



    Close Grip Bench Press - 1 set



    Barbell Bicep Curl - 1 Set



    Hanging Leg Raise - 1 Set



    Rest & Repeat superset 3-4 times then move on to new superset of different exercises. Keep in mind that if this is your approach do not take any rest between exercises. Take a short rest between supersets only.



    I hope this helps!



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