Stripping Sets

Stripping Sets How To

Stripping Sets is the act of dropping weight 10 – 50% after hitting failure in any given set and “stripping off” the weight in order to push through as many more reps as you can. You can repeat as much as you can handle.


Do this on the last set of an exercise. Start off with loading up the weight with small plates, 5 / 10 pound weights, then do as many reps as you can.

Aim for 8-10 or until you cant do another one, take off a 5 or 10 pound plate, do a few more until you cant do it anymore, and repeat, repeat, repeat… until you have gone to complete exhaustion. You will defenitely feel the burn on strip sets like this!

Exercises to try Stripping Sets

While this method works with almost any exercise these have been a few of my favorites and can attest to good results with the following

  • Leg Extensions
  • Triceps Cable Push-downs
  • Machine Loaded Preacher Curls
  • Seated Calf Raises
  • Lat Pull Downs

The best part of this method is, for example, ,while you are training with leg extensions, you will get down to only 25 pounds left and you can only get 4 reps! This technique really works and is one of my favorite ones. Be sure to try it  at your next gym session.