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Thread: [Discussion] - Is pump a good indicator of an effective hypertrophic workout?

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    [Discussion] - Is pump a good indicator of an effective hypertrophic workout?




    For the purposes of this discussion we will be looking at this from a bodybuilding/hypertrophy standpoint as strength training may use slightly different physiological processes and a slightly different approach. (For beginners who may not know, "hypertrophy" refers to the enlargement of muscle fibers. So when you hear hypertrophy, just think "muscle growth").


    In bodybuilding you often hear the term "chasing the pump". Some refer to this as a good thing and some refer to it as a bad thing. "Don't just go chasing the pump" is something I hear a lot lately.


    I want to discuss these questions:

    1.) How much truth is there to this "don't chase the pump" rhetoric?

    2.) Can you have an effective hypertrophic workout, but with no noticeable pump at all?

    3.) Can you have a workout which induces a good pump, but is NOT effective for hypertrophy?



    Please discuss, and if anyone has any studies you could link on this that would be a big bonus.

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    I've addressed this. It's a no. It's not a NEED but a want. Hypertrophy and or strength will happen without a sense of a pump.

    It also kinda defines the difference between the swollen, bloated looking muscle vs a hard grainey look. The first, which MIGHT benefit from chasing the pump, is helped by the dilation of the smaller blood vessels. The second by thickening of muscle fibres.

    Of course none of these things happens in isolation. Even a strength athlete like me will get a pump and a muscle pumper will get stronger

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    pump is a really good indicator of a training session IMO

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    bros no pump means you had a bad workout

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    Short answer is no

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    no pump = workout is shit

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    Pumps are important if you want to grow
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    pump is the most crucial thing you gotta get

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    no pumps
    no good training session

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    get a pump to grow

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