Natural Muscle Building And The Pump
By Sean Nalewanyj
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Your back’s pressed tight against the bench as you wrap your hands around the heavy, steel bar. Un-racking the weight with the assistance of your training partner, you work that bar up and down with maximum intensity and squeeze your chest and triceps through each grueling rep.
You plow through 6 reps, re-rack, and stand up. The feeling in your chest is tight and firm as the muscles are engorged with blood. The appearance of your pecs strikes you when you glance in the mirror—they are vascular and full.
Powering through the remainder of your workout is a cinch, considering the new “pump” and how powerful and motivated it makes you feel. Nothing can match the feeling of a good pump while working out.
For the newbies at the gym, a pump develops during resistance training, when your blood gets trapped in your muscle tissues. Although this does a lot to swell up your muscles, making you feel stronger, does it really do a lot in stimulating natural muscle building?
When you get a pump at the gym, it’s not a bad thing, just a natural boost from intense weight training. However, keep in mind that the myth that a pump indicates a successful workout and helps in stimulating natural muscle building is absolutely baseless.
Don’t try and waste your time gauging a pump as a marker for a great workout. I’ve heard countless lifters share stories on their massive pumps and offer advice on how to get the best one possible.
“If you want a huge pump, you’ve got to try this!”. "
If you’ve been around for awhile, you must have overheard this in the gym. Stimulating natural muscle building has nothing to do with getting a great, big, and satisfying pump.
A pump is nothing more than the result of extra blood that is trapped inside your muscle tissue.
Check this out: If I used 10 pound dumbbells and did 300 reps of a bench press, I would totally achieve a killer pump. See, if muscle pumps did equate to natural muscle building, the key for stimulating natural muscle building would be super light weight and totally high rep programs.
It doesn’t take a lot of intellect or bodybuilding knowledge to know that this simply isn’t true. Would you like to find out how to judge if a workout is really stimulating natural muscle building?
Here it comes….
Check out last week’s workout records and compare the weights and reps to this week.
Have you improved? Did you change up anything by adding more weights or increasing the number of reps?
If the answer is yes, you’ve been successful in stimulating natural muscle building, even if you never got pumped.
When you are trying to gain muscle mass and build strength, your job is to train with total intensity on each set, then work to improve the results following week.
If you are able to do this in a consistent manner, you don’t need a pump to successfully stimulate natural muscle building. I hope all your doubts on stimulating natural muscle building and the effectiveness of the pump have been cleared up.
Unfortunately, the Internet is rampant with natural muscle building information that is often misleading and it’s hard to find a source to trust.
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