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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    pyramiding for strength?

    I can't remember whether it's ascending or descending pyraminding for strength gains.

    ascending -heavy weight low reps then decrease weight and increase reps.
    descending - low weight high reps then increase weight and decrease reps.

    Thaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles1975 View Post
    I can't remember whether it's ascending or descending pyraminding for strength gains.

    ascending -heavy weight low reps then decrease weight and increase reps.
    descending - low weight high reps then increase weight and decrease reps.

    Thaks.
    I would go with the 'ascending' option if you are looking for strength gains. What I typically do is a series of progressive low volume warmups and then a max-effort heavy set followed by 1-2 lighter sets.

    Some programs such as the 5-3-1 (popular strength program) also follow a similar protocol with lower intensity working sets building up to a 1-5 RM, followed by accessory work.
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    I always though pyramiding meant (and what usually is done)
    ie. doing 135 lbs X 12, 225 lbs x 10, 315 lbs x 8, 405 lbs x 6.

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