Intense Strength Supersets // Full Body Unilateral Workout

Intense Strength Supersets // Full Body Unilateral Workout is an awesome total body strength workout from Heather Robertson. Heather has tons of awesome and effective workouts but this is another one of her superior workouts–the best of the best. I love how she employed unilateral training in this workout. In several of the exercises it causes a bit of instability which recruits your core muscles to help you stabilize. This is also a cardio + strength workout and even the cardio exercises double as strength work to finish burning out the muscles you’ve just worked. I loved this workout. It worked me hard! It was very metabolic, too. I burned 353 calories and spent a total of 12 minutes in my peak heart rate zone. Another major winner from Heather!

This workout contains 4 circuits. Each circuit contains 2 strength exercises (hence the “superset” in the title) and one cardio exercise. Every exercises focuses on one side of the body, including the cardio exercises. The exercises are all done interval style: 40 seconds of work followed by 20 seconds of recovery. There is a timer in the lower right hand corner of the screen counting down your intervals and recoveries. During the recoveries Heather previews the next exercise.

Intense Strength Supersets // Full Body Unilateral Workout is 46:45 minutes; 2:40 minute warm up and 2:30 minute stretch. Equipment: dumbbells and a fitness mat. Heather notes below the video that she is using 10 and 20 pound dumbbells; however it looked like she used a wider range of dumbbells (possibly also a 5 and a 15 pound dumbbell). The weights listed below are what I used.

Circuit 1:

  1. Lunge & drive (hold one DB in both hands goblet style, reverse lunge and at top of lunge, raise knee) (one 25# DB)
  2. Kneeling press (in kneeling lunge, do a single arm Arnold press) (one 16.5# DB)
  3. Repeat #1 & 2
  4. Cross jack (holding one DB in one hand, stand with legs wide, hinge forward reaching DB to opposite foot, as you straighten, jack legs while doing one single arm overhead press) (one 10# DB)
  5. Repeat #1-4 on other side of body

Circuit 2:

  1. Curtsy & kick (hold one DB in both hands goblet style, do one curtsy/cross-back lunge and at top of lunge, lift leg out straight to side) (one 25# DB)
  2. Kickstand row (single arm/leg deadrow, in split stance w/ back leg in kickstand, holding one DB in same side hand as front leg, hinge forward into a single leg deadlift, hold at bottom of deadlift and do one single arm row) (one 30# DB)
  3. Repeat #1 & 2
  4. Side lunge hop (no DB, side lunge and as you raise out of side lunge, raise knee and hop)
  5. Repeat #1-4 on other side of body

30 second rest

Circuit 3:

  1. Stand up & press (start in high kneeling on mat holding one DB in one hand behind head, step forward into kneeling lunge with one foot (same side that is holding DB), step the other foot forward and stand, when standing raise DB overhead, lower DB back behind head (single arm overhead tricep extension) and step one foot back into kneeling lunge then step other foot back so you are back in starting position of high kneeling) (one 10# DB)
  2. Bridge fly (lay on back with both knees bent, one foot is on floor close to glutes and the other leg is raised, you are holding one DB in one hand (same side as foot that is on floor), raise hips and hold single leg bridge isometrically while doing a single arm chest fly) (one 16.5# DB)
  3. Repeat #1 & 2
  4. Shuffle jab (boxer shuffle to side while doing a single arm weighted side punch) (one 5# DB)
  5. Repeat #1-4 on other side of body

Circuit 4:

  1. Toe touch (lay on mat with legs extended straight, one arm is holding one DB and it is extended overhead on mat, keeping arm straight, lift DB while also lifting opposite (straight) leg, tap DB to foot then lower back to start) (one 10# DB)
  2. Squat, curl & press (holding one DB in one hand, step out and lower into squat, hold squat while doing a single arm hammer curl, when DB is at shoulder, stand stepping feet together and doing a single arm overhead press) (one 16.5# DB)
  3. Repeat #1 & 2
  4. Pop lunge (no DB, hop back into reverse lunge then hop feet together)
  5. Repeat #1-4 on other side of body

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5 thoughts on “Intense Strength Supersets // Full Body Unilateral Workout

  1. This looks like another winner! I’ve added it to my to-do list for next week …

    Today I did day 13 of Epic III which was glutes/hams. It was knee friendly, so no lunges but She just tacks on extra hip raises and deadlifts to make up for it. I used my heavy Cathe band and 50lb for the first section of hip lifts and then 30lb dumbbells for deadlifts and a single 30lb for the 1 legged raises. I should have dropped to 25lb for the single leg because I had to tack on extra rest time between every set to make the 30s work and even at that I struggled.

    I had extra time so I tacked on a 15 min HiiT from Heather and then 10 min pull-ups from Caroline. That one I added as an excuse to pull out my neglected fit tower. ☺️ I forgot how hard pull-ups are on your forearms!

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    1. I do miss pull ups using the Fit Tower. I always mean to incorporate more workouts that use the Fit Tower that way–Cathe’s Fit Tower workouts and Mark Lauren workouts, but I never seem to get around to it. I actually had the intention of doing them once a week at one point but it never happened. There are just too many other workouts I want to do. I can’t ever seem to squeeze in everything I want to do. So frustrating really. When I did Mark Lauren’s 90 Day Challenge I got so strong–when I started the program, the pull ups really made my grip and forearms ache but by the end, no pain. Its such a great program. Too bad it wasn’t more enjoyable!

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      1. Yeah, they were tougher than I had remembered!

        I think I remember you mentioning that challenge, that at the end you were just kind of pushing through to finish it. I was kind of like that with STS … although if I could make a barbell setup work with my current workout area I might go back to it and insert that DVD in the mix instead of dumbbells.

        I should have mentioned with the Caroline leg workout that I think you’d really enjoy it. The single leg lifts she does with her heel on a chair. That made it kind of difficult to keep the weight in place but oh boy was it effective. 😪

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      2. This was every bit the winner you said it would be. It was fun to do, too! I tacked on a quick 10 min cardio ab segment from madfit to hit my abs a little harder.

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