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Get in Shape: Exercises That Help You Build Muscle Faster

Some of the fittest men at the gym reached their enviable physiques thanks to hard work, dedication, and setting aside four hours for pumping iron every day. For most people, that isn’t practical. But, if you start incorporating supersets into your routine, your workout can be effective and efficient.

Supersets are essentially a combination of two sets of two different exercises completed back-to-back, without rest in between. Give these five combinations a chance, and you’ll be a supersetter for life.

1. Squats and calf raises

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calf raises Calf raises combined with squats will give your legs a serious workout. | iStock.com

Start out with squats: With a barbell across your upper back, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor, keeping your upper body erect, then push back up to the starting position. Bodybuilding.com offers a great tutorial on squats, which demonstrates the proper technique. Repeat the move until you complete the set, then immediately move to the calf raise machine. Stand with the balls of your feet on the step, and lower your heels as far as you can. Push up through your toes as high as possible. After completing one superset, take a quick breather before going at it again.