The pump explained! Find out why the pump may be the most underrated and important aspect of your training!
Nothing compares to the feeling you get when your muscles are pumped. A good pump can be inspirational. To watch your muscles explode in size as they challenge the very seams that tie your clothing together can be the motivation you need to train even harder. A good pump can also be reassuring. It signifies that all your hard work in the gym is paying off. And then there’s the improved self-confidence that a good pump can bring. How can you not hold your head higher, stand taller, and feel better about yourself when you look like a monster in the gym? Still the benefits of a pump go even further. In fact, a pump is also responsible for what makes an increase in muscle size and strength possible. Read on to find out how.
What Is the Pump?
The pump is the result of blood rushing into the muscle faster than the circulatory system can remove it. Blood, which is the body’s primary transport medium, brings all the nutrients (e.g., amino acids, creatine, glucose, and hormones) and oxygen needed to support energy production, growth, and recovery within the muscle. Blood also removes the byproducts of metabolism (e.g., carbon dioxide and lactic acid), which fatigue the muscles and inhibit performance. Therefore, the pump improves muscle function, performance, and maintenance.
What Causes the Pump?
During short, intense activities (e.g., weight training), the body uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as an energy source to contract the muscles. Unfortunately, this ATP supply is limited. Once the body depletes its supply of ATP, muscular fatigue sets in, and performance starts to decline. That’s not good. That’s why the body must continuously replenish its ATP supply, even while it’s being drained. It does this by way of three energy systems: the phosphocreatine system, the glycolytic system, and cellular respiration.
The third system is dependent on blood flow to deliver oxygen to the muscles. This mechanism is very important, as research has shown that muscle tissue can’t work in the absence of blood. Therefore, if blood flow is inhibited, fatigue will quickly set in. Now, under training conditions, the body compensates for an increase in ATP demand by opening up the blood “floodgates” (a process called vasodilation) to the muscle. This is done in an attempt to alleviate any decline in muscle function and performance, while simultaneously aiding in recovery by increasing nutrient delivery. Upon vasodilation, the muscles become engorged with blood, which creates–yep, you guessed it–the pump.
The Nitric Oxide Connection
Nitric Oxide plays a vital role in causing vasodilation. This tiny molecule, which is created from arginine (an amino acid) and controlled by a family of enzymes called Nitric Oxide synthase (NOS), is produced within the flat endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels. Studies have shown that Nitric Oxide acts as a signaling molecule, which causes the relaxation of the endothelial cells and the subsequent dilation of the blood vessels for increased blood flow. Now that’s a mouthful, but the take-home message is that Nitric Oxide plays such an important role in vasodilation that some of the NOS enzymes are located in the blood vessels themselves. However, regardless of how efficient the body is at creating Nitric Oxide, it still has some obstacles to overcome.
Nitric Oxide production is limited by the available supply of arginine and NOS enzymes. Unfortunately, arginine serves many purposes within the body besides being a precursor to Nitric Oxide, and there are only so many NOS enzymes present, so enzyme activity may be limited. As you can see, this can hamper Nitric Oxide production, but the MuscleTech researchers have provided a solution in the form of PUMP-TECH[TM].
PUMP-TECH Causes Jacked-Up Pumps!
PUMP-TECH is an advanced pump-stimulating supplement that increases blood flow to the muscles by exploiting the mechanisms involved in Nitric Oxide production. So how does PUMP-TECH do this? Easy. It works through the combination of two advanced ingredient matrices–AAKG-TECH[TM] and VASO-TECH[TM]. AAKG-TECH[TM] is a proprietary blend of two forms of arginine (arginine alpha-ketoglutarate and arginine hydrochloride). On the other hand, VASO-TECH[TM] contains ingredients that not only help recycle byproducts of Nitric Oxide production back into arginine, but also improve the functionality of the NOS enzymes. Good news for all of you who want to amplify your Nitric Oxide levels and intensify your pumps! Want even better news? The PUMP-TECH[TM] formula is time-released.
As previously mentioned, there are only so many NOS enzymes available, and flooding your body with too many Nitric Oxide precursors may be too much for them to effectively handle. Therefore. MuscleTech researchers included a time-release mechanism developed by the pharmaceutical industry to allow PUMP-TECH[TM] to deliver its patent-pending formula over a prolonged period of time. The result? Jacked-up pumps that last hours instead of minutes! Therefore, with PUMP-TECH. the benefits of a pump aren’t short term–they’re long term.
Get the PUMP![TM]
With PUMP-TECH, you can harness and manipulate the power of increased Nitric Oxide levels and get the wicked long-lasting pumps you desire. Moreover, you’ll be supporting ideal conditions for an increase in muscle size, gains in strength, and improved recovery. So add PUMP-TECH[TM] to your training and nutrition program, and don’t just get a good pump. Get an out-of-control pump that needs to be experienced to believe!
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