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What People Should Know About Giant Sets

Updated on August 29, 2015

Giant Sets

When it comes to working out, many people train with regular sets or traditional sets. For example, they will do 3-5 sets of an exercise and they will take a rest interval of around 30-60 seconds in between sets. There other other set systems asides traditional sets, with one of them being giant sets. If you want to learn more about giant sets, and tips on how to use them, then you have come to the right place.

What Are Giant Sets

As previously mentioned, regular sets involve doing one set at a time of an exercise and taking a rest between those sets. However, giant sets involves very little to no rest between sets, and instead of sticking with just one exercise, you choose 4-6+ exercises to do. The exercises you choose to do will be done one after another. When the last repetition of the last exercise is finished, that is one full giant set you did and then you can take a little rest before doing a second giant set.

Tips On Using Giant Sets

There are a few tips you should take into consideration if you use this set system, with one of them being that you should use the sets for one body-part. For example, if you are planning on training your chest and shoulders at the gym, then train your chest with giant sets. After your chest exercise is finished, then you can train your shoulders using giant sets.

Another tip to keep in mind is that this set system is extremely intense and if you are used to training with heavy weights, then you need to take a step back and be prepared to train with light or moderate weight. Even if you use light weight while training with this set system, it will end up feeling heavier as you progress throughout your workout. You might be tempted to train with heavy weight, but your best bet is to stick with light weight.

Also, you should know around how many total giant sets you should be doing and that depends on a few factors. Generally speaking, 4-5 giant sets in total for large body-parts should be enough, while 2-3 in total should be enough for smaller muscle groups. As you become more experience with training with these sets, the better of an idea you will have of how many you should be doing in total.

Who Should Train With Giant Sets

By now you may be wondering who should use this set system, and the answer is anyone who is looking to make their workouts more intense. Those who are looking to get ripped and tone up will also want to consider training with this set system. Just remember, this is an intense way of working out, so if you are a complete newbie to working out, you might want to wait a while before training with these kinds of sets.


Now that you know a few things about these kinds of sets, you can decide whether or not you want to give them a try. If you do decide to train with them, remember to do each exercise properly and don't sacrifice your form. If you feel up to it, then you might want to consider training with giant sets soon.


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      Siddharth Ramsundar 2 years ago from Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India

      Sorry! Can't lift those with my Pinky fingers!!!