I came across this article:
That states that pyramid sets are bad for strength gains and are more geared towards putting on mass. It instead says - in so many words - that 5x5 sets are better for strength and will not add mass (or not as much as pyramid sets)
I'm looking to gain strength but not add too much mass. I'm aware that to add mass at all I'd need to be at a calorie surplus, and currently I'm not, but I do have a question about the workout itself.
I've watched some videos and it seems that weight is increased at every set, so wouldn't that in essence be pyramid sets? OR is the pyramid where you progressively go down in reps as you go up in weight?
Should my 5th set be the max I do currently on a pyramid set? Lets say if I'm doing bicep curls with a bar, my current max is 70lbs which I can do for 6 reps, should I start at 30lbs do 5 reps, then go 40, 50, 60, 70? 5 reps each?
Another question is how many different exercises per body part should I do? currently I do 2 or 3 depending on the muscle group, can I still do the same using 5x5?
Thanks in advance guys, I'm new around here but learning lots everyday. I appreciate all the input.