[WOTM, 02/2014] Let Sweat Waterfall Down With The Fat-Incinerating, Superset Workout
Six unique supersets — one fat-incinerating workout.
Bust out of the static 3×12 mold and crank the intensity up 16 notches. February’s WOTM — The Fat-Incinerating, Superset Workout — leverages a calculated combination of nonstop, dynamic movements to stimulate new growth and tap into stubborn fat stores.
Outside of the burpee-heavy warm up (sorry about that), the workout is exclusively constructed from high-powered, vigorous supersets. 16 to be precise.
Given the turbocharged intensity and negligible rest between each set, it’s an incredibly effective way to quickly boost CV conditioning — specifically aerobic capacity, aka VO2Max — and muscular endurance (what’s known as lactate threshold). And if you’re stuck in the center of a torturous, abyss-like plateau, the stark change in lifting cadence can be a potent catalyst to trigger fresh new growth.
It’s nothing like anything you’ve ever experienced. Your heart rate will SURGE; your muscles will be BURNING in searing, caustic agony; calories will spontaneously combust; and sweat will waterfall down your body like Knowshon Moreno’s tears.
Unleash the floodgates — most of which will be pure, liquid fat. Get PUMPED.
The Fat-Incinerating, Superset Workout
For all exercises, choose a weight that’s challenging, but that also allows you to complete the ENTIRE set of reps prescribed. It’s okay if it takes 1-2 workouts and a little trial/error to nail down. You should reduce the weight as you move to the second exercise in every superset.
Rest 1 minute in between supersets.
*Click each exercise name for a full pop-out video demo. A printable version is available here.
Protocol: 3 sets — 10 reps
Target Muscle(s): Legs, Chest
Yep, burpees are your warm up. If you thought this would be easy, you were WAY off. There’s no turning back now — hop in (or rather, up).
Start in standing position, squat down, and kick your legs out into full push-up position. Do 1 push up, jump forward into a low squat position, and explosively jump upwards into the air.
Return to the ground, squat down, kick your feet out, and repeat the rest of the movement for 10 total reps — each burpee should be one fluid motion.
Protocol: 3 sets — 12 reps (barbell squats); 12 reps (wide stance squats)
Target Muscle(s): Legs, Butt, Core
Complete 12 reps of the barbell squat immediately followed by 12 wide stance barbell squats.
For the wide stance barbell squats — reduce the weight by roughly 25%, step out into a wide stance (1 step sideways), and turn your feet out diagonally (pointing at 10 and 2 on a clock). The movement is the same as a regular squat, but you should feel a deeper stretch across your butt and hamstrings on the way down.
For both exercises, make sure your thighs lower down so that they’re parallel to the floor. GET LOW.
Protocol: 3 sets — 10 reps/arm (snatch); 12 reps (push press)
Target Muscle(s): Shoulders, Triceps, Core
Complete 10 reps/arm of the dumbbell snatch immediately followed by 12 dumbbell push presses.
- For the dumbbell snatch — start in a low, wide squat position with a dumbbell in between your feet. With your chest puffed out, abs tight, and lower back pinched, powerfully contract your glutes and pull the dumbbell overhead with your shoulder. Under control, lower the weight back to the ground, stick out your butt, and immediately complete the next rep. Complete 10 with the right arm and repeat for the left.
- For the push press — grab 2 dumbbells and hold the weights with a neutral grip (palms facing in). Dip your knees slightly, explode upwards, and press the dumbbells up overhead. Keep your core tight and don’t bend backwards.
Protocol: 3 sets — 12 reps (dumbbell chest press); 12 reps (dumbbell flies)
Target Muscle(s): Chest, Triceps
Complete 12 reps of the flat dumbbell chest press immediately followed by 12 dumbbell flies back-to-back in superset fashion; drop down to lighter dumbbells for each set of flies.
For both exercises, lower your arms until they’re slightly below chest height to get maximal range of motion.
Protocol: 3 sets — 12 reps (t-bar row); 10 reps/arm (renegade dumbbell rows)
Target Muscle(s): Back, Biceps, Core
Complete 12 reps of the t-bar row immediately followed by 10 renegade dumbbell rows per arm.
- For the t-bar row — place a loaded barbell in between your legs. You can either use a narrow-grip cable attachment and place it under the bar, or directly hold the bar with a stagnated grip. Drop your torso down to 45°, tighten your core, and maintain strong posture — keep your lower back stiff and don’t let it arch. Contract your lats and pull the bar up into your chest. Hold the contraction for 1s and slowly release the bar back down to the ground.
- For the dumbbell renegade row — assume push up position with two dumbbells (neutral grip). While keeping your core tight and back flat (45º angle), powerfully row your right arm up until it’s slightly above your torso. Don’t rotate your body. Hold the contraction for 1s, return to the floor, and repeat for the opposite arm.
6. The Lower Abs Trifecta
Protocol: 2 sets — 15 reps (pulse ups); 10 reps (reverse crunches); 30 seconds (ab V hold)
Primary Muscles: Abs (Lower Abs)
The Lower Abs Trifecta (LAT) is a strategic superset that hypertargets and blasts the lower abs. It involves three exercises — Pulse Ups, Reverse Crunches, and Ab V Holds — performed back-to-back. Check out our full walkthrough guide here if you’re unfamiliar with any of the 3 exercises.
Here’s a summary of how it works:
- 1. Find an open floor space or grab a flat bench — that’s all you’ll need to start.
- 2. Complete 15 Ab Pulse Ups. Once this gets too easy, hold a dumbbell in between your feet as you pulse upwards.
- 3. Without resting, immediately do 10 Reverse Crunches. Again, once this gets too easy, hold a dumbbell in between your feet as you crunch inward.
- 4. Without resting, immediately do an Ab V Hold for 30 seconds.
- 5. Rest 1 minute.
- 6. Repeat steps 1-5, for a total of 2 LATs
Protocol: 2 sets — 12 reps (shoulder press); 12 reps (lateral raise)
Target Muscle(s): Shoulders
1. Complete 12 reps of the seated dumbbell shoulder press. Maintain a tight core, draw your shoulders back, and lower your arms until they’re slightly below parallel.
2. Immediately grab a lighter set of dumbbells and complete 12 lateral raises. Keep your arms straight and raise the dumbbells out to the side; it should form a big “T” with your body.
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