There is a widespread objective by millions of gym members on this planet to obtain “The Pump.”
There is something very satisfying seeing and feeling your muscles gorged with blood.
With pump training you feel and look more aesthetic, strong and powerful.
Along with the visual, I’m convinced that in a biological sense that “The Pump” is also a mood enhancer and creates a sense of well-being and accomplishment.
Supplement companies earn billions per year based upon this concept in the form of pre-workout formulas that actually intensify the pump even more.
I do see value in this type of training for presentation purposes (bodybuilding) and sometimes like to finish my own training with a blood flushing set.
But, I think most trainees would be better served “taking the low road” and doing the majority of their strength work in the lower rep ranges.
Function and form are not necessarily isolated concepts.
In fact it is my belief that form can actually follow function if dietary conditions are right.
Through all these years of training and experimenting, I have always had my best progress in power and aesthetics when I focused on adding strength in the lower rep ranges to whatever exercise(s) I was currently concentrating on.
Hard, dense, strong, useful and permanent muscle is built in the lower rep ranges (4×6, 5×5, 6×4, 8×3—even 12×2.)
This type of strength training along with a diet designed to obtain a low body-fat percentage can be a magical combination in both strength and aesthetics.