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Definition of Pyramid Sets

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Updated April 09, 2014

Definition:

Pyramid sets are weight training sets in which the progression is from lighter weights with a greater number of repetitions in the first set, to heavier weights with fewer repetitions in subsequent sets.

A reverse pyramid is the opposite in which the heavier weights are used at the beginning and progressively lightened.

Examples:

The program called for one set of 15 repetitions for the first set, with a 20% increase in weight for each of the next two sets for 12 and 9 repetitions respectively.

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