Within the last few years the muscle and fitness industry has been turned on its head in one respect, with a growing trend in high repetition training. There are several very compelling reasons as to why high repetition benefits athletes; in particular those wanting to gain lean muscle mass! One of those reasons is increased blood volumisation. If you can imagine every repetition acts as a pump, whereby more blood is forced into the working muscle which then equates to a higher level of blood within that muscle. Ok that is simple enough to understand, but why is this such a big deal? Why is it that today athletes recognise this as such a significant part of promoting muscle growth? Here are 3 reasons why blood volumisation has grown to be such an important factor in regards to stimulating muscular hypertrophy!
This is probably the most talked about benefit of pumping large volumes of blood into the muscle you’re working in the gym. If you can imagine the fascia as a very thick rubber band with a very limited level of flexibility, and it is this tissue which houses your slow and fast twitch muscle fibres. After a degree of muscular development has taken place, the fascia becomes very stubborn and will not stretch any further. As a result, it can become what seems an impossible task to add anymore size within any given muscle group. This is why focussing on overwhelming the target muscle group with increased levels of blood can really benefit you. It helps stretch out the fascia, thinning out the tissue over time. Sticking with the thick elastic band analogy, if you constantly stretch it then let it go, stretch it again, and then let it go over time it becomes more elastic. Increased elasticity equates to more movement, more movement in this context equals more room for the development of new muscle fibres. As I mentioned earlier, this is perhaps one of the most significant reasons to incorporate high repetition training within your programme.
Increased nutrient uptake
To allow your muscle fibres to repair properly you must promote effective nutrient assimilation within the muscle, and the same can be said to develop new muscle tissue. Blood acts as the transportation system within the body, and one of the key components it transports are muscle friendly nutrients. Logically, by increasing the level of blood within the working muscle you are going to also increase the rate of nutrient assimilation within the muscle cell.
Immediately after an intense workout your muscles are catabolic and are in need of nutrients. The fact that after a high repetition workout the level of blood within the muscle is high, the speed at which your muscles can synthesise the nutrients should be increased. This is a very good reason as to why blood volumisation can benefit anybody looking to gain muscle size!
As we touched on with the previous point, blood runs through our transport network and carries various components around the body. One of those things are red blood cells, and it is red blood cells which are full of oxygen. As the muscles fatigue during exercise it is oxygen which helps remove the lactic acid, enabling you to train harder for longer.
From the points above, it is easy to see why blood volumisation is a very significant factor in modern day muscle building. High repetition training is growing in popularity by the day, with state of the art workout systems such as Y3T and DTP prevailing! To conclude, these are just 3 more very good reasons as to why high repetition is so important if muscle mass is on the agenda!