Im sure most people get a mixture of both, as do I. However when I do cardio before my workout I get very red and stay that way through lifting until I exit the gym. My skin gets puffy and red and I cant get a pump (veins bulging ect).
When I dont do cardio, I am more likely to get a pump and look better in the gym haha. Its strange because it should seem that while doing healthy cardio, one would look more "healthy".
However, my lifting buddy who is asian (I am white) always gets terrific vascularity and never gets that red even after doing cardio. He is by no means in better shape than me, although he certainly looks like it.
So in summary...
- what determines how red and puffy you get as opposed to vascularity and relatively paler skin
- What determines when you will get a pump
- Why are some people different than others
- Does it have anything to do with the shape that you are in?