Weight Training Jargon: Supersets VS. Burnouts

If you are at all interested in the health and fitness realm, then you’re aware of how convenient it is to become enveloped in protein ball recipes on pinterest or blogilates workouts on youtube.

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Once you catch the fitness bug, it becomes crack. The difference is the results it creates are long lasting and all beneficial for you.

Since I have been expanding my fitness horizons, I have come across some pretty daunting words in my workouts.

I have always been an avid group ex fan, but I never paid attention to how many terms they use throughout teaching which I honestly do not know the meaning to.

Since most people are visual learners, listening goes out the window…especially in the case of a high volume, high impact class where the only sound you hear is the beat of the music.

Hulking it.

Hulking it.

While I have been attempting to train for a fitness photo shoot, I have had to step up my fitness game. No more “just cardio” days, no more “but one bite couldn’t hurt”, and absolutely no more going soft in my workouts.

Weight training has always been a part of my exercise regiment, but never to the extent to which I have taken it within the past two months.

I train 3-4 times per week with weights and incorporate a variety of different kinds of exercises in order to experience more definition on my body.

Two words I would like to introduce to you that have become my very close exercise friends: Supersets & Burnouts


Many bodybuilders and seasoned resistance training veterans are more than familiar with these words. I thought I was as well, until I heard about 4 different definitions of each from 4 different people.

To clarify, I consulted bodybuilding.com and found that supersets in weight training are defined as:

two exercises performed in a row without stopping (example: one set of bicep curls, one set of triceps)

Some exercisers prefer to superset two different body parts, like an upper and lower, while others choose to work the same muscle with a different exercise. (example: tricep dips, tricep kickbacks)

Super sets are significant to include within an exercise regiment because they build your endurance and allow for extra fat to be burned in a shorter interval.


Burnouts, on the other hand are performing the same move on the same muscle group until exhaustion. This would be like doing 100 push-ups in a row without stopping. (props to you if you can) 😉

When using weights to perform burnouts, it’s recommended to use a lighter weight as you won’t tire as quickly as if you had a heavier.

Do you have any weight lifting jargon questions? Have you ever done a workout that included supersets or burnouts?

Peace, love, & learning!


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