Creating a Pump with IMPACT- Part 2
In part one of this series, we learned how the muscle pump occurs and why it’s as important a part of a bodybuilder’s size-building strategy as whey protein and muscle-building restoration. Now, let’s review the best pump-inducing ingredients and put these ingredients to work with a killer arm workout that’s guaranteed to add an impressive later of mass to most stubborn appendages.
Pump-friendly products have been around for decades. Some work ok, while others are, by comparison, largely ineffective and a waste of hard-earned money. What serious lifters have always wanted is a rapidly absorbed pre-workout muscle pump formula that enhances mental focus while concomitantly increasing maximum blood supply to the working muscles – all to the fullest possible extent.
IMPACT PUMP has only one purpose: to enhance blood flow to the muscles to produce the fullest possible pumps while increasing mental focus and the mind/muscle connection conducive to enhancing training efficiency and intensity. As such, it contains only the very best ingredients in clinically effective dosages.
Recognized as a key compound for training success, Nitric Oxide (NO) specifically regulates vascular tone and blood flow to produce the pumping sensation we all love, and the amino acid arginine remains the most powerful precursor to (NO) production.5 Citrulline Malate, on the other hand, raises blood arginine levels to a greater degree than arginine, thus significantly enhancing NO production.
Citrulline also reduces lactic acid and ammonia accumulation (to reduce fatigue) while increasing ATP production (to enhance energy levels).9
Agmatine Sulfate optimizes workout performance on many levels. Firstly, it increases the activity of Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS), an enzyme which regulates the production of Nitric Oxide (NO).7 Therefore, massive pumps can be achieved due to greater circulating levels of NO brought about by higher levels of NOS.5 Agmatine Sulfate also functions as a nootropic, to aid mental clarity, stress and cognition, thus bolstering focus when seeking to dominate the iron.
Athletes have in recent years taken to using Glycerol Powder pre-event to achieve the super hydrated state required for optimal performance. While any degree of dehydration can have a major debilitating effect on performance (resulting in muscular weakness and fatigue), proper hydration remains one of the best ways to maximize every aspect of physiological functioning – including a muscle’s ability pump up.15 So effective is glycerol in absorbing water into the cells of the body that supplementing with it may encourage more fluid retention that when drinking water alone.
The conditionally essential amino acid Taurine performs a number of important functions in the body. Specifically for hard training bodybuilders, it improves hydration status while enhancing electrolyte balance within muscle cells (thus improving muscular contraction and reducing muscle fatigue).10, 19
As well, it’s known to remove fatigue-producing waste products from muscles to extend workout performance and intensity while protecting these cells from training-related damage and oxidative stress.1, 6
A muscle-specific antioxidant with potent free-radical-scavenging properties, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) also doubles as a precursor to the production of glutathione, one of the body’s most important antioxidants for decreasing muscle damage.11
Also of particular importance to bodybuilders, NAC increases the efficiency of the sodium/potassium pumps which governs muscular contraction, muscular endurance, and fatigue reduction. It does this by reducing the free-radical production which adversely affects this important apparatus. Thus nerve signals to the working muscles are strengthened and fatigue is delayed.17
As with Agmatine Sulfate, NAC enhances the activity of Nitric Oxide Synthase to increase circulating blood levels of that all-important pump-precursor, Nitric Oxide, thereby boosting its accumulation in the muscles.
Finally, NAC bolsters the pump by increasing blood volume via an increase in Erythropoietin (EPO). A glycoprotein that elevates haemoglobin levels by increasing red blood cell proliferation, greater EPO levels also ensure that sufficient oxygen is transported to muscle cells and muscular endurance is, in turn, increased.3
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Among the most potent of nootropics (cognition enhancers), Lion’s Mane Mushroom has become a go-to compound for bodybuilders wanting to greatly improve focus, mental alertness, and overall training aggression.8, 18 Additionally, Lion’s Mane has been shown to improve mood, alleviate depression and enhance the growth of new neurons, all important when seeking to become mentally charged up prior to hitting the iron.
Another top-tier nootropic, Alpha-GPC (Alpha-Glycerophosphocholine) is extremely effective in boosting mood while enhancing feelings of wellbeing and cognition.2, 14 Directly improving brain function at the cellular level, Alpha-GPC strengthens the inner membranes of cells, replenishing their phospholipid outer coating and thusly improving intercellular communication.12, 13 As a bonus for bodybuilders, Alpha-GPC also helps to increase Growth Hormone (GH) production to optimize performance and enhance muscle growth.4
WHY PUMP WITH IMPACT?
Improving the body’s capacity to shuttle blood into muscle tissue is one thing, but without the mental energy and focus needed to fully activate a particular muscle grouping, there is simply no requirement for the amount of blood needed to create the benefits to be derived from a killer pump.
Therefore, besides encouraging maximum blood engorgement within the muscles it’s essential that any good pre-workout pump product improve a lifter’s ability to sustain the all-important mind/muscle connection that enables full muscle fiber recruitment. With IMPACT PUMP, intense mental focus and an ability to mentally overcome the training-related pain that may limit less prepared lifters is achieved.
In addition, as a pre-workout, the stimulant-free IMPACT PUMP promotes feelings of alertness and mental energy without the jitters. While stimulant-heavy pre-workouts will always have their place in the pantheon of top-level training products, they may not be ideally suited to enhancing the pump.
Indeed, taken before a workout, stimulants such as caffeine may increase the intracellular signaling compound cAMP (Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate) within muscle cells. This, in turn, may encourage the cells to break down fuel substrates rather than store them, which may interfere with glucose uptake, thus resulting in a less pronounced pump.16
Rather than hitting the lifter with a complete raft of ingredients – some effective, some less so – IMPACT PUMP features a smaller number of only the very best, scientifically-validated pump-inducing compounds, the potency of which must be experienced to be believed.
Finally, even a super-potent array of very best ingredients will amount to very little if they are not efficiently absorbed and utilized. IMPACT PUMP contains an advanced absorption blend comprised of Cinnulin PF and Bioperine, both known for their bioenhancement (nutrient absorption) properties.
VIEN-POPPING ARM WORKOUT
- Not for the faint of heart or underprepared, these workouts are to be completed once a week for 12 weeks (Mondays and Thursdays). After the 12 weeks, resume your normal arm training for six weeks before again embarking upon this workout for a further 12 weeks.
Ensure optimal hydration before, during and after this workout (at least 2.5 liters of water, total).
- Always take IMPACT PUMP prior to each workout to ensure an explosive pump and ample training energy.
- Standing barbell curl supersetted with rope press-downs: 3 sets of 15 per movement
- Incline dumbbell curl drop set: 3 sets of 3 triple-drops per set (12 reps per set)
- One-arm dumbbell kickbacks supersetted with one-arm preacher curls: 3 sets of 12 per movement (complete one set of kickbacks before quickly transitioning to the curls with one arm before repeating this sequence with the other arm).
- Reverse bar curls: 3 sets of 12
- Zottman curls supersetted with triceps dips: 3 sets of 15 per movement
- Hammer curl drop set: 3 sets of 3 triple-drops per set (12 reps per set)
- Bar curl 21s: 3 sets
- One arm dumbbell overhead triceps extension supersetted with straight bar reverse-grip press-downs: 3 sets of 15
MAINTAINING THE PUMP
In summary, hitting the gym without an ardent desire to pump a target muscle to growth-inducing proportions is as pointless as aiming to fully recover from a killer training session on two hours’ sleep each night. In both cases, though you may have the right intentions, you’ll be producing very little if anything in the way of solid muscle gains.
As with most things bodybuilding related, if you are going to commit, you must go all-in. In the interests of stretching a muscle to full capacity and signaling maximum size and strength, this means achieving and sustaining, as much of a muscle pump as possible during each and every workout.
Unfortunately, under normal circumstances, the procuring of a pump can be hit or miss. Regardless of how many carbohydrate grams you have on board and how well hydrated you may be, the kind of pump that directly stimulates ongoing gains in lean muscle mass may not occur beyond a certain training stage – and this where we may need some additional assistance.
Only by priming the pump with a key selection of cell volumizing ingredients and cutting edge compounds known for their ability to increase focus and mental energy can true cell-swelling occur.
In this state, you’ll look better, feel better and, most important of all, be setting the stage for some of the most impressive muscle gains of your lifting career.
If you’ve read this far you now know how crucial the pump is in building a spectacular physique. Now all that’s left to do it fuel up on IMPACT PUMP and get ready to experience your best workouts ever.
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