What is an Exercise Pyramid?

Pyramid training involves a steady increase (or decrease) in repetitions throughout a circuit. Pyramid training can be used for fat loss, strength, muscle definition, and endurance.


A Descending Reps Pyramid of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 would look like this:


5 Squats 5 Push-Ups 5 Sit-Ups


Then,

4 Squats

4 Push-Ups

4 Sit-Ups


Followed by,

3 Squats

3 Push-Ups

3 Sit-Ups


And so on until you do 1 Rep of each.


As you fatigue, the number of reps lower. This is helpful mentally - you can continue pushing hard, knowing you have fewer reps each time.


That said, a Pyramid for an advanced exerciser might include climbing back up in reps.


For example,

10, 8, 6, 4, 2 Reps

followed by

2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Reps


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If you want a simple workout that packs a punch, pyramid 2-3 exercises and give it a go!


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