Muscle Pump Effect
Hi friends 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend! It was so incredibly nice to relax and not worry about doing schoolwork! Woo hoo for only 1 class today! I fly home early tomorrow and the one part of the trip I’m worried about is flying with Zoey. She’s going to be in a carrier and will have to go under the seat in front of me. Hopefully the sedative the vet gave me will work and keep her calm! Fingers crossed.
Speaking of Zoey…she somehow managed to open this drawer and crawl in it even though it was barely open:
And she had a bit of hard time getting out afterward haha.
Oh she is so entertaining :).
I am super excited to go home tomorrow! I haven’t been home since the end of August and it will be so nice to see family and friends again! Plus, Chris will be home and I’ll get to spend more time with him :).
One person I’m looking forward to seeing is my cousin Whitney. I was in her wedding in 2010 and when I came back to school this fall she found out she was pregnant!! It’s been so sad not being able to see her through some of her pregnancy. I’m so excited to be able to catch up with her this week!
So yesterday while I was lifting at the gym, I noticed that my arms were looking a little “puffy” after I had completed a few exercises. Basically my arms looked slightly swollen and felt full and tight.
Well, did you know that your muscles actually do experience something called “the pump” after you have lifted them? Essentially what happens is when you contract your muscles and you are sufficiently working them, blood will rush to them. The blood rushes to your muscles in order to help flush out the lactic acid that builds up (this is what causes that burning sensation) and to deliver oxygen and nutrients to help rebuild and repair them.
When a muscle is forcefully contracting it essentially squeezes inward and backs up the blood flow. In order to compensate, your blood pressure will raise and forces plasma into the spaces of the muscle cells. This trapped plasma is what causes that “pump effect”. The appearance of the pump effect can last for about a half hour to an hour after a workout.
There isn’t really a benefit to any of this occurring, other than that bodybuilders will sometimes utilize this effect to make them appear more buff before a competition. Also, if you are unable to achieve the pump it could be a sign of overtraining. I just think it’s really cool to learn about the body and why things happen. Plus when I was lifting and noticed that my arms were looking a bit larger than normal I wanted to figure out why haha.
It’s pretty cool what our bodies do during exercise isn’t it? I think so 🙂
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I hope you all have a great day!
What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?
Have you ever heard of the muscle pump effect? Have you ever noticed it when working out?