Catch A Pump.

February 9, 2012

Let’s talk about curls for a moment.  Let me ask you a question: if you are performing a set of alternating dumbbell curls, and you’re not looking at your biceps, then how are you supposed to know that your bicep is growing?  YOU GOTTA CONCENTRATE ON YOUR CURLS!  That’s why concentration curls are such a good exercise because it forces you to look at your biceps mid-set.  So, no matter what type of curl that you’re doing, look at your bicep and watch it grow.  That’s using your mind right there.

Let him work.

Serious mode.

I was up at 4:45 this morning.  I have a client at 5:30 and an extra half hour at 6:30.  What did I do with that half hour?  I used it as an opportunity to CATCH A PUMP.  If you’ve been reading my site for a while, then you know that I am a strong proponent of the double day workout.  They’re ACTUALLY TEACHING this in my exercise science classes.  Let me shoot a piece of science at you.  You’re body begins the un-training process within 6 hours after a workout.  How do we combat this? More workouts.  Makes sense to me, right?  But what would be the benefit of catching an early morning pump for the Olympic weightlifter.  Not much.  BUT.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired and achy, there’s no way I’m going to bust out some snatches and cleans at 6:30 in the morning, especially with only a half hour to spare.  They would look like the equivalent of a limp handshake.  So knowing this, I do what comes naturally and get swoll.  I load up a bar with 40kg.  and perform a medley of muscle snatches, military presses, bent rows, curls, stretch out my shoulders and work out the kinks with no real goal in mind other than to catch a pump.  I hit some reps, take breaks when I need to, pace around a little bit and do it again.  I don’t even count reps.  ALL I’m doing is just moving around for 15 minutes or so, barely enough to break a sweat.  Then I go home and eat breakfast and start my day.

I’m an exercise science student, and the thing that exercise science students do best is make up possible explanations as to why things happen.

So here we go.  Magically, I will feel less sore, my mood will be elevated, my muscles will be less tight, and joints less achy.  When it actually comes time to wreck shit later in the day, it takes less time to warm up, I’m more “physiologically aroused,” and my lifts will look slightly better in general.  So why do we think that is?

In any case, I would barely classify the 15 minutes I spend on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as a workout (that’s what my Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are for), but I would encourage you to try a double day.  It doesn’t even have to be much, get in the gym, warm-up, stretch, move around with an empty barbell and then leave.  See if you feel better when it comes time to work out later in the day.


3 Responses to “Catch A Pump.”

  1. Terri with a heart over the "i" said

    Woah, your “flag” attempt was pretty damn close.

    Not tanning / waxing / oiling up after your pump session is a missed opportunity though, imagine going to work looking like that blond guy doing curls.

  2. Justin said

    That’s pretty much the “Repeated Bout Effect” in the literature. Doing some contractions to get some blood flow to the area — definitely helps with recovery and GETTING AROUSED.

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