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What Is a Compound Set in a Gym Workout?

Find out what a compound set is from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this Howcast gym workout video.


Hi guys. This is Max Happer again for Howcast, and what we are going to talk about today is what is a compound set. Now, we have spoken about super-sets, but what a compound set is, two separate exercises for the same muscle, done back-to-back. Now, just to differentiate, a super-set is two different exercises for opposing muscles, a compound set is two different exercises for the same exact muscle. You get it? So, that means if I'm trying to work my chest, I'm going to do a chest press, then right after that, for the same muscle, I'm going to go into some pec flies. Okay? So, that's just another way of getting to the deeper muscle fibers of the muscle you are working. One of my favorite compound sets is when I'm doing shoulders. I love to do an overhead press, then right after my overhead press I'll grab a lighter weight and I'll go into some lateral flies.

Those two exercises are going to be great at building your delt area, your anterior delt, medial, and rear delt at the same time. So remember, awesome exercise. Get out there, try the one I love, overhead presses and as soon as you are fatigued, go into a lighter weight and go with some lateral raise flies. All right? A compound set, remember, two separate exercises for the same body part.

Go out there, choose any exercise that you want for the same body part and do them back to back, and you will be doing a compound set. All right, guys? Have a good time, and be safe.

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