When I finish my low rep workout (like HTH) my pump is nothing compared to my hi rep workouts.
PS:sorry about my english… :([/quote]
The pump doesn’t matter.
The only thing that matters is progress. Are you getting stronger? Are you getting bigger? If yes, then don’t screw with anything.
People are so fixated on the pump that it amuses me.
You want to do pump sets? Go ahead… but understand that:
- They are unlikely to stimulate much growth
- They will burn a lot of glycogen (fuel) which lengthens the recovery process
- Lactate accumulation can be stressful on the CNS which will also lengthen the recovery process
It’s about PERFORMANCE and PROGRESS. Ask your muscles to perform maximally and they will progress.
That having been said, high reps are not totally worthless.
They can increase capilarisation (formation of new capillaries to the muscle, enhancing blood flow and thus nutrients transport, over time).
They can help with tendon recovery.
Lactate has been linked to an increase in levels of growth hormone.
I personally would not use pump sets often I REALLY see them mostly as something psychological than helps increase the confidence that weak-minded individuals have in a program.
But if you are going to use them, don’t be excessive, and don’t go to total failure.