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Pyramid Training

Pyramid Training

Pyramid training starts using a light weight and doing many repetitions. The weight increases with each set and the number of repetitions decreases correspondingly.


Different types of Pyramid Training:

Normal Pyramid
Repetitions
Strength
10 Repetitions
70 %
6 Repetitions
85 %
2 Repetitions
95 %
1 Repetitions
100 %

There is a relatively high risk of injury when doing the repetition with maximal strength; it is actually used to increase strength rather than to increase muscle mass.

“Truncated” Pyramid
Repetitions
Strength
12 Repetitions
60 %
10 Repetitions
70 %
8 Repetitions
80 %
6 Repetitions
85 %

The “truncated” pyramid stimulates the muscle fibres to swell more effectively than the normal pyramids.

Reversed “Truncated” Pyramids
Repetitions
Kraft
6 Repetitions
85 %
8 Repetitions
80 %
10 Repetitions
70 %
12 Repetitions
60 %

The training intensity is considerably higher in comparison to the “truncated” pyramid. It is only suitable for advanced athletes who have good training techniques.

Double Pyramid
Repetitions
Strength
12 Repetitions
60 %
10 Repetitions
70 %
8 Repetitions
80 %
6 Repetitions
85 %
6 Repetitions
85 %
8 Repetitions
80 %
10 Repetitions
70 %
12 Repetitions
60 %

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Pyramid Training: Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • Increase in strength and muscle growth.


Disadvantages

  • Pyramid training is very time-consuming because of the constant weight changing.


Who is pyramid training suitable for?

It is ideal for athletes who want to combine the advantages of maximal strength training with set training in other words those who want to combine a maximum build up in strength with muscle growth.

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