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Paired sets—like supersets, but without the “no rest between” stipulation—allow you to make your workout denser and do more total work. Of course, that’s not very helpful unless you pair the right exercises together. After all, the point of working out isn’t simply to do as much as possible in the gym; you’re trying to get stronger, right?

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That’s where “Grit sets,” which pair the movements you’re strong at with others that address your glaring weaknesses, come in. I can pretty much guarantee you’ve got one—or probably most—of the weaknesses listed here. In some cases, Grit sets may actually make your strong lift stronger!

Rest briefly between exercises, but no more than necessary. And don’t worry: None of the pairings will require you to hog equipment or be that jerk with multiple weights piled up around him!

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