How to Correctly Perform Pyramid Training

Pyramiding your weights is a great way to build muscle size and strength. Working up from relatively lightweight to a heavyweight over multiple sets ensures you stimulate your muscles with the right amount of volume to stimulate growth and at the right intensity to produce strength adaptations. It’s best used on compound barbell exercises, but it can be used with machines and dumbells as well. 

Unfortunately, most programs don’t properly explain how to perform a pyramid correctly.  I used Pyramid training when I was in high school bulking for football. I gained approximately 30 pounds of muscle during those years, despite performing them incorrectly. Like most people, I over-taxed myself on the early sets, and couldn’t progress in weight as well as I could have.

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2019 Strength Training Program (Free Download)

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2019 Strength Training Program (FREE DOWNLOAD)

This is my workout cycle for the next 15-weeks. I wanted to mix things up. I based the program on Brad Schoenfeld’s Max Muscle Plan (with some tweaks by yours truly). It is an excellent book; well researched with practical guidelines and suggestions. I will probably repeat it, with minor changes, two more times before the end of the year.

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***FREE DOWNLOAD PROMOTION*** January 1st to January 5th

Thank you for making The Fat Loss Habit one of the most successful self-published fitness books of 2018! In appreciation, we are offering a FREE Download Promotion that begins Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and ends Saturday, January 5, 2019.

During this promotion, you can Purchase the Audible Audiobook for just $7.49, after downloading the FREE Kindle version.

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A Few Articles About Getting Leaner, Fitter, & Stronger

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A few articles to get you started (PDF w Links)

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Why a high protein diet is so effective at promoting fat loss.

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How long should you rest between sets?

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If you read the latest Muscle & Fiction magazines you’ll say 60-90 seconds is the optimal rest interval between sets. This assertion is rarely backed-up with scientific research, and when it is, they will say it increases human growth hormone levels in the body temporarily, which is true, but I haven’t found any studies that correlate it with long-term increases in muscle mass. I have no doubt that many people achieve respectable results from this protocol, especially the enhanced lifters that fill the pages of the muscle magazines, but what is optimal for the natural lifter. What does the science say? Continue reading “How long should you rest between sets?”