The workout pump, that mysterious effect that causes us all to catch ourself staring a few extra seconds in the mirror admiring our engorged muscles. But what causes this glorious effect that gives us a few extra looks (even if they are just from our own reflection in the mirror)? How do you get pumped? Here’s what you need to know.
What is it?
The work out “pump” is actually the rushing of blood to your working muscles. During high intensity exercise blood from other areas of the body, such as the intestines, is pushed to saturate the working muscle groups. This mad rush provides extra oxygen and nutrients to the working muscle cells. Though, during this intense rush your muscles actually let in blood faster than it can rid of waste product, such as lactic acid. This causes the “overloading” of your muscles with fluid. This is where a majority of the pump comes from.
Why is it important? (other than making you look awesome!)
Muscles that are continually subjected to muscle overloading (aka the workout pump) will grow. Muscle growth occurs from the flooding of necessary blood and nutrients to the muscle to begin the repair process. Increased blood flow also creates new capillaries (blood cells) to form and better handle large amounts of blood volume. This allows for the stretching of the fascial layer (area between skin and muscle) to make room for muscle growth.
How do you get it?
The workout pump is a pretty badass process your body goes through during intense exercise. High levels of lactic acid signals hormone and Nitric Oxide to be released. This release causes the local capillaries (blood vessels) in the muscle to dilate, this is known as vasodilation. Dilation of these capillaries allows more blood to flow into the muscle causing the desired overload and pump. Studies by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggest that Nitric Oxide supplements may promote vasodilation and increase blood flow during exercise. This vasodilation enables more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to your muscles. This increase promotes recovery and waste removal during exercise that may promote endurance. * Nitric Oxide has also been shown to suppress the build up of lactic acids during exercise – keeping away the workout burn, again increasing endurance, and possibly extending your workout time.
To maximize Nitric Oxide release, try taking Dilate by ANS Performance. Add it to your favorite pre-workout energy drink, such as Eruption Effervescent Energy, to boost workout performance and get that beautiful pump *
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.