Weight Lifting: Pyramids and Tabata

In this semi-off season of running for me, I am trying to focus more on strength training, quick cardio, and taking some new classes at the gym! Last week, for example I took a “hardcore and sprint” class which literally had my core screaming for about 5 days…

Recently, I have been trying new things with weight lifting, as it is one of my least favorite types of exercise. I know how important it is, but I just get kind of bored doing lots of reps or standing around resting… Here are the two methods I have used previously, that I’ve gone back to this week:



See this article on BodyBuilding.com to learn all about pyramid sets.

Pyramids are my favorite because you get to lift heavier weights but don’t get burnt out on doing 3 sets of 15. booorrriinnngggg.

I usually do a pyramid of 12-10-8-6-8-10-12 reps and change the weight from 2.5 lbs to 5lbs. You can go all the way down to 2 reps and change the weight up however much you want. For example, today I did a dead lift dumbbell pyramid that looked like this:

weight          repetition
15                      12
20                      10
25                       8
30                       6
25                       8
20                      10
15                       12


I generally use tabata to do high intensity cardio, but it’s also really helpful for lifting. I like to do the standard 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 8 sets for a total of 4 minutes. Generally, when I do tabata for strength training I will alternate working sets using weights and without weights. For example, today I did a tabata with squats; the odd sets I used dumbells and the evens I just did body weight squats.


What are your favorite weight lifting/strength training methods or workouts?


One thought on “Weight Lifting: Pyramids and Tabata

  1. Pingback: Tabata Time « onlyhalfcrazy

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