…How’s that for an eye-catching post title? 😉
I’m not a vain person at all but I will tell you one thing: I love looking in the mirror after lifting weights or swimming. My muscles look SO defined that it kinda makes me want to wear something that shows my arms off. As deluded as it sounds, it turns out that it’s not in my head at all. Contrary to popular belief, it is indeed possible to improve your physique nearly immediately and there’s actually a term for it: “The Pump”.
The ‘Pump’ refers to the tight, blood-congested feeling in a muscle after a weight training exercise. Muscle pump is caused by a rapid influx of blood into the muscles to remove fatigue toxins and replace supplies of fuel and oxygen. As a result the muscle may seem full and tight (i.e. “pumped”) for a short while after. If you want to lose fat or gain strength, the Pump has no benefit for you. If you want to boost your ego and look more toned/ripped, drop and give me 30 :)!
On that note, here’s the workout I did this morning which left me ‘pumped’…both physically and mentally. It incorporated a good mix of cardio, free weights, and body weight:
The “Boost Your Ego” Workout
- Superset 1: 30 squats & 20 bench dips – –> 2 sets, both body weight
20 minutes cross trainer (if you’re running low on time, 5-10 minutes should suffice)
2 sets of 12-15:
- Superset 2: Lateral Pulldowns & Barbell Upright Rows
- Superset 3: Tricep extensions & Dumbell Shrugs
- Superset 4: Overhead Press & Bicep Curls
- Front Raises
1 mile sprint on the treadmill
- Knee press-ups– 2 sets of 15
- Crunches – 2 sets of 20
- Plank: regular and then once on both sides–> hold for 45 seconds each