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  • Fritter

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    Jan 13, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    I have noticed at the gym, there are guys who will do one set of one exercise, then move on to one set of another, and one set of another, and even sometimes one set of a fourth. Fianally they return to do a second set of the first exercise, a second set or the second excersise and so on. Is there any benefit to this type of workout, or are these people just pricks that like to take up half of the gym at once?
  • CDNinOZ

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    Jan 13, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    If they don't rest between the sets until they finished the three or four different exercises then they are doing a superset. It's a way to increase the intensity of the work out and saves time.
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    Jan 13, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Circuit training. Rather than resting between sets, you move on to a new exercise to focus on a different muscle group. Saves time (in theory, depending on how big your gym is and how far you have to go for the next station), and works out your whole body.

    If they moved on to a different exercise then the weights/machines they're not using at that minute are free. If they didn't bother to restack the weights they aren't using then, yes, they're dicks.
  • BookmarkNYC

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    Jan 14, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    Ermine said If they didn't bother to restack the weights they aren't using then, yes, they're dicks.


    Amen to that! I've seen someone trip and badly fall on some jackass' plate he left laying around.
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    Jan 14, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    Ermine said

    If they moved on to a different exercise then the weights/machines they're not using at that minute are free. If they didn't bother to restack the weights they aren't using then, yes, they're dicks.


    I HATE that.
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 14, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    Sounds like a superset or circuit training. Performing multiple exercises one set each, one after the other with little to no rest in between, then repeat. The main difference between supersets and circuit training is supersets usually emphasize specific muscle groups, while circuit training is suppose to be full-body workouts (there are some other differences in concepts, but that's the main one). Supersets is one of many different weight lifting concepts that could help push the body past a plateau, it's also a way to hopefully save time. Circuit training is basically cardio in weight training form (a combination of the two), constantly moving, keeping the heart rate up, and burn as much calories as possible. It is better than a plain cardio workout in terms of benefits, because not only are you burning calories, but you're stimulating your muscles as well.
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    Jan 14, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    Jessie_Lee saidSounds like a superset or circuit training. Performing multiple exercises one set each, one after the other with little to no rest in between, then repeat. The main difference between supersets and circuit training is supersets usually emphasize specific muscle groups, while circuit training is suppose to be full-body workouts (there are some other differences in concepts, but that's the main one). Supersets is one of many different weight lifting concepts that could help push the body past a plateau, it's also a way to hopefully save time. Circuit training is basically cardio in weight training form (a combination of the two), constantly moving, keeping the heart rate up, and burn as much calories as possible. It is better than a plain cardio workout in terms of benefits, because not only are you burning calories, but you're stimulating your muscles as well.


    I would hesitate on using the word's 'better then' in comparing circuit to cardio. It is another way of working out and has been around for 60 yrs or more and studied. I am sure some one will slap a conclusion from a exercise trail like HIIT and say see case closed what is your problem. There are tons of studies old and new on circuit and I don't know if all of those have been looked at to say if there are definitive results other then it is good for you.

    If you work out long enough over the years you will try almost everything and I have not found any of it detrimental! The key is to workout what ever you do and enjoy it. If you get bored move on and change up you can always come back to a particular routine.