[quote]Ct. Rockula wrote:
So I’m reading Arnold’s “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding” (i know it’s old news) but i’m loving it! Downloaded it for my ipad and read it during down time at work, great stuff!
ANYWAY Arnold suggests flexing the muscles you are working, between sets. I ran a search on this site and there was another thread about this, and people generally agreed it is beneficial in that it helps get you a better pump.
Though there wasn’t much more discussion on it.
When i first read it in the book, i was thinking that it would be counterproductive because; don’t you want to use that short time between working sets to recoop and get ready to go ALL OUT for the next set? Would flexing, for example, your chest between DB Chest Flys be detrimental to your performance? Or is it indeed beneficial and recommended to do?
I have already picked up a lot of great stuff from the book, and i’m only on page 468 of 1746 (ipad version). I will put this flexing between sets method to use if the consensus on here is that it is beneficial. [/quote]
Hi, I disagree that flexing is the best thing you can do in between sets.
Do you really think that flexing a muscle is a better way to get strong and big than proper resting, cooling, and thinking about your last set: what you did well and what you did bad, besides preparing yourself to lift heavy iron in a few moments and have a fucking awesome set?
Wait…you cannot think about your last set while you flex?
You should also spend a lil time stretch the worked muscle too.[/quote]
-Both things can be done but not with the same quality as when concentrating on one. You only have some seconds or minutes before your next lift.
-Why? Because it feels good? You think you’re stretching the peri-muscular tissue and you will be able to be more muscular? Maybe you are right and stretching is more beneficial than I believe.
For the time my stretching is more of a pre-workout psychological preparation and a couple of Taekwondo kicks.