The pump is something which is known as when the body fills up with blood, and expanding like a balloon. Arnold Schwarzenegger once described it equal (or even better) than the one of the deepest highest sensations known to man, ejaculation. However, the severity and length of the pump are determined by numerous factors…
Myofibrillar Hypertrophy (high reps)
So first we come to myofibrillar hypertrophy (tongue twister, eh?). This time of hypertrophy involves the use of light weights for higher reps, typically 12-20 with short rest intervals, or sometimes, none at all! This produces an inflation of the muscles, and can sometimes come under the ‘chasing the pump’ category. Typically these kind of pumps are easier to get for even a newbie to bodybuilding.
Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy (low reps)
Secondly we come to sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, which is strength training. This form of training predominantly centres around the variables of lower reps (4-6), heavy weight, and long rest intervals (3-7 min.). This kind of training, can, at first, seem counterproductive. To walk into a gym and sit around for 5 minutes in between sets, as a pose to burning out and sweating buckets on the floor. However, with strength training, you can begin to lift heavy, and the heavier weights you lift, the bigger you will be (with correct form of course), there is no doubt about it at all.
So… Which one to choose?!
I am afraid this final answer is goal dependent, and is something you, the viewer must answer. However, I can leave you with some parting words
“Doing two or more things at the same time splits our consciousness in two or more ways”
Simply put, no one said you can’t do both…
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