Chasing the “Pump” – Quick Comment #1

Today, as any other workout, we entered the gym and started performing our workout. Within 10 minutes a reasonably sized guy walked over to us to try and teach us something about lifting.  After first informing us that he had been watching us train for 6 weeks (which is a little creepy if we’re honest), he let us know that we hadn’t got any stronger. Obviously a “natural lifter” he then proceeded to give us a short lecture on what we should be doing in the gym.

His lecture basically followed these main points:

  1. There is no point having a long rest when using a heavy weight.
  2. Military Press should never be performed without a belt.
  3. You should always be chasing the “Pump”.
  4. In order to get stronger you should lift lighter weight for more reps.

These were his opinions. These are our facts.

  1. Unless somebody is taking steroids or incredibly new to lifting, you should be having long rest periods (3-5 minutes) when lifting a heavy weight so that your body has time to recover from the last set. There is no point taking a 60 second rest and failing the set.
  2. A belt may be advisable (depending on form and back strength) when using very heavy weight (90kg+) otherwise it is perfectly fine without. Again, just watch your form.
  3. The “Pump” will do very little to add mass to your frame. When trying to get strong, this is a silly thing to aim for.
  4. This goes against every scientific journal ever written. Just plain wrong. This will help you get better at lifting a weight 8-12 times, but won’t increase your overall strength.
  5. If a somebody comes up to you and tells you this. Direct them to this website.

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