Thanks for weighing in CT, I’m a big fan of your contributions here at T-Nation!
I’m curious what would you say is the ideal rep range and tempo to shoot for??
In the history of mankind I don’t think that anybody has ever counted reps, much less tempo while pumping up. Furthermore if this is for a contest you will likely have access to almost nothing to pump up, maybe a few pairs of DB that’s it. Most of the pumping up is done with a partner and a towel or elastic bands.
And if it is a contest, I wont lie to you, it will be much harder than usual to get a pump, especially if this is your first one. Stress acts as a vasoconstrictor and reduces the pumping up effect. This is even more pronounced by dehydration.
My suggestion is not to overthink it. Just go at it slowly, squeeze the muscle and focus on the internal feeling of your muscle working, not on external stuff like tempo or reps.