Building Lean Muscle_ SuperSets vs. Traditional Workouts - Ep. 214 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST ROB DIONNE

Building Lean Muscle: SuperSets vs. Traditional Workouts – Ep. 214

Today we’re going head-on into the topic of how the build lean muscle – SuperSets vs. Traditional workouts.  

There’s a lot people get wrong about building muscle. Many think they have to go all out and women are afraid they’ll get “too bulky.” We’ll go over these myths and more so that you have a full understanding of how you can get and stay strong for life.

How To Build Muscle Mass

Specifically, we’ll go over:

  • How to put on muscle mass or weight if you’re an ectomorph and/or vegetarian/vegan (a question from our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook)
  • SuperSets: How to properly do them.
  • Traditional Lifting vs. SuperSets
  • Workout Splits – How to plan your weekly lifting workouts.
  • Steps to properly recover and what to do if you regress.
  • Various workout terminology you should know.
  • General full workout examples including warmup, lifts, and supersets to finish.
  • How to achieve hypertrophy to make the most out of your sets.
  • Proper range of motion while lifting.
  • How to figure out what your 1-rep max is.

You’ll also find out how to incorporate these types of exercises into your weekly plan:

  • Tabata
  • Time Under Tension
  • Drop Sets
  • Cardio



What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob

2:00 About today’s episode on how to work out if you want to build lean muscle

2:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 213 – Sugar Addiction: How To Overcome It with Sherry Strong

3:00 Question from our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook: How can I gain weight or muscle mass? As a vegetarian or regarding my diet?

12:00 Workouts: How to gain muscle mass when you exercise – SuperSets vs. Traditional

13:40 Examples of traditional lifting sets.

15:30 Differences between supersets vs. traditional lifting sets.

16:50 Paired sets and compound sets in a SuperSet.

17:20 How to succeed with a superset.

19:00 SuperSet options and various workouts.

21:20 Side effects of SuperSets

22:00 Why you should do SuperSets are the end of your workout and how to recover.

23:00 Whether or not SuperSets actually do help us burn more calories at once.

30:30 General workout example for you to follow with a warmup, lifts, and superset to finish.

33:30 Tabata workouts – what it is and how they’re beneficial.

 38:30 How to achieve hypertrophy to make the most out of your sets.

41:10 Rest periods: How long to do them for and what to expect.

44:10 Tempo – Time Under Tension during a workout plus average tempo.

45:50 Proper range of motion while lifting.

48:40 Cardio – How much is actually necessary when you want to focus on building muscle.

50:40 How to figure out what your 1-Rep max is and why you should do them on free weights and never machines.

57:30 Drop sets – what they are and how to incorporate them into your training. Plus, how often you should be doing them.

1:01:40 Workout splits – How to plan and build your week’s workout.

1:06:00 Final comments with Rob

1:08:30 Get lean and fit by revamping your nutrition with our  7 Day Paleo Reset

1:10:10 Open Sky Fitness Closing






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