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Don’t drop that weight quite yet. Try doing the next set (that’s gym lingo for a series of repetitions, or repeated exercises like lifts, squats, or sit-ups) right after finishing the first. Skipping the break between sets could actually make exercise more effective. This practice is known as supersetting (Superman’s lesser-known cousin).

Supersetting can be done by either completing consecutive sets of the same exercise without a rest in between, or by switching between sets of different exercises without resting. Why is supersetting so great? Repeating the same exercises without a break increases muscle fatigue, which helps build muscle. Plus, switching to a different exercise without taking a breather ups aerobic effort and calorie burn.

The Takeaway: Cut out break-time between rests to make a workout more effective in less time.

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Supersetting’s just one way to get in and out of the gym in less time. We have 19 more where that came from.

Fun Fact

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