[quote]Professor X wrote:
Increase in lean body mass will help, but best way to get vascular is to get your BF levels down even lower.[/quote]
…but let’s not downplay the significance of muscle size as far as vascularity. I have a pretty big vein running across my left shoulder that was nowhere to be found when I was much smaller and even leaner.
Veins grow in size to accommodate larger muscles that need the greater blood supply. You won’t see any garden hose sized veins on people who weigh all of 150lbs…unless they are very short.
If you are a beginner or “skinny fat” the number of your body fat percentage isn’t what is keeping you from seeing veins in and of itself. The lack of muscles that need it may be as well.[/quote]
Absolutely. If you want larger veins, get bigger first.
ProF X and David are right on the money, and i have to agree 100%. I started working out about 2 years ago - couldn’t find a vein in my arm to save my life. Now 2 years down the road 3" increase in arms and I got new veins all over the place - the vascularity (bulging veins) has to have something to work with. As the muscles grow - the veins increase in proportion to the demanded blood supply. Get bigger muscles and those veins will grow too - THEN a reduction in BF% will cause them to pop. [/quote]
as far as the gist of this claim, you both are right on, but technically, the arteries supply the blood to the muscle, and that is NOT what you are seeing in the mirror, it is your veins.
the veins grow in response to all the stress heavy and hard work do to the muscle, in that the veins mobilize(carry away) all the anabolic waste products(garbage) produced when you work that muscle hard.