The pump… It is the holy grail of bodybuilding. It is that most addictive of sensations that keeps gym rats hooked for life. It is euphoric and invigorating, an intense swelling of the muscle caused by a training-induced cascade of blood… It is a rebirth experienced on each worthwhile trip to the gym. The pump is instant gratification… An automatic reward for all of the blood, sweat and tears you spill on the gym floor. The pump is instantaneous growth… It is the immediate invigoration of dormant muscle fibers.
There are days, however, where no matter what you do, the pump is seemingly unattainable… Set after wasted set, you toil in vain. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. You yearn to be pumped and swole and instead you are beaten and weary. On other days, the pump is fleeting. As quickly as it arrives, it is gone… Leaving both your ego and your muscle bellies deflated. The disappointment in your inability to achieve and sustain the cherished pump is not merely due to the pleasure of a superficial physical response, but in the fact that an opportunity for new growth has been squandered. The pump ain’t just for shits and giggles-it is crucial to getting big.