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In the words of the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is… The Pump. Let’s say you train your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that’s what we call The Pump. You muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it’s really tight – it’s like somebody blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic.” This quote is from Arnie’s inspirational movie from the 70’s “Pumping Iron” – if you haven’t seen it I suggest you immediately buy yourself a copy and get ready for a serious dose of motivation. An arguably even better dialogue from this movie where he compares the pump to sex but I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own.Let’s just say there’s a lot to be said for the pump that one can experience through the course of a serious resistance training workout. There are many supplements that you can buy to achieve this and in order to select the best pre workout for pump you will need to consider your individual training and fitness goals. However in my opinion, the best all round supplement that is suitable for just about everyone would have to be N.O.-Xplode.
N.O.-Xplode by BSN
No xplode by BSN supplements (Bio-engineered Supplements and Nutrition) has got everything you need in a pre workout, with a focus on helping you achieve maximum pump. In addition to the huge Nitric Oxide boosting component, it also contains ingredients to help with energy and motivation, fat burning, recovery and focus. If you only want to use one product to improve your resistance training performance and recovery, this would be a good choice. It is easily among the best pre workout supplements for maximizing pump.
The Mechanics of ‘the pump’
Technically speaking, pump is due to hyperaemia and can be considered to be a form of temporary hypertrophy. What does this actually mean? It means that your muscles appear bigger (hypertrophy) temporarily due to an increased supply of blood (hyperaemia). This can happen during heavy training when the amount of blood coming into the muscle is greater than the amount leaving the muscle. Lifting heavy weights creates this condition in two ways. Firstly, the muscle needs oxygen and nutrients in order to contract, especially when under a load. Secondly, the chemical processes that occur in the muscle in order for it to contract create waste products (lactic acid etc) which need to be removed.
Top Secret Nutrition Pre Workout Pump Igniter
Pump Igniter by Top Secret Nutrition is another one of the best pre workout supplements for pump. It is specifically designed to maximize pump and if reviews are anything to go by then it does a good job of it.
What Causes ‘the pump’
Lots of very hard work and lifting to failure will ensure a pump but in order to maximize it there are a host of products available to help with this. Most of these products market themselves as N.O. (nitric oxide) boosters. Increasing Nitric Oxide levels in the body facilitates Vasodilation which can be described as the widening or enlarging of the diameter of blood vessels. This helps boost performance of muscles by increasing blood flow which means more fuel can be transported to muscles and more waste can be removed from them, more quickly. With maximum vasodilation you can get more blood to your muscles thus being able to work them harder which will make your body pump even more blood there and eventually your muscles become engorged with blood and that is when you experience ‘the pump’. There are many products specifically for boosting N.O. however all pre workouts contain some N.O. boosters. Depending which pre workout you use you may or may not need an additional N.O. supplement. Bullnox for example has a huge pump component and you do not require any additional supplements to maximize pump. See my review of it here: Bullnox pre workout review
Pump HD pre workout
Pump HD by BPI sports is another great pre workout supplement with a particular focus on maximizing pump. This pre workout has a good energy boosting component without too much central nervous system stimulation, so you will be amped to train without getting that horrible jittery feeling. Definitely worth having in your cupboard!
Motivation from Pumping Iron