A great muscle pump while you're working out is a sure sign you are training hard enough to stimulate new muscle growth! When you lift weights, extra blood is shunted into your working muscles to cope with the increased demands for oxygen and other energy-producing compounds. Your arteries carry blood into your muscles, however, as your muscles contract intensely, the veins taking blood out of your muscles are compressed which causes a back up of blood - resulting in the "the Pump".
The typical sets and reps of a high-intensity bodybuilding style training program will usually generate a strong pump. The muscle swelling of a good pump not only feels great, but research has shown that this cell swelling acts as a stimulus to increased protein synthesis! At a cellular level, cell swelling is thought to kick off a protective mechanism that activates mTOR, one of the key regulators of muscle growth. Anything you can do to increase your pump can have a marked effect on more muscle growth.
Exercise protocols recommended for maximum stimulation and muscle growth include higher rep workouts (2 - 3 sets of 15 - 20 reps with a 60 - 90 second rest) or medium rep sets with a shorter rest period (5 - 10 sets of 8 - 12 reps with a 30 - 60 second rest).
One of the key regulators of muscle pump and blood flow is a compound called Nitric Oxide or NO. Nitric Oxide is made in many tissues throughout the body and acts as a signalling molecule. One of it's main roles is to relax the linings of blood vessels (called Vasodilation) which causes the vessel diameter to increase and therefore allow greater blood flow. Human and animal studies have shown that increasing NO production can result in better blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased athletic performance.
Studies have also shown that a number of foods and food derived compounds can naturally increase NO production, and hence performance.
MAX'S VASO-D PUMP'D is our advanced blood flow and muscle pump formula designed to maximise blood and metabolite delivery to working muscles during hard training. It works by increasing Nitric Oxide levels that help expand blood vessels to allow greater blood flow. The result - bigger pumps, more energy and faster gains!
VASO D PUMP'D contains the following ingredients:
Agmatine Sulfate (500mg) Agmatine is a metabolite of L-Arginine. Agmatine operates directly on endothelial cells lining blood vessels to produce NO causing strong Vasodilation. Agmatine has also been shown to stimulate the release of Luteinizing Hormone (LH is a precursor to testosterone) and Growth Hormone (GH).
Glycerol Monostearate (500mg) GMS is a natural compound that increases the concentration of fluid in your blood and cells - known as Hyperhydration. Not only does GMS give you a great pump but studies show a marked increase in endurance and training output, particularly in hot weather. GMS has also been shown in multiple studies to increase power and muscle torque due to the mechanical advantage afforded by the increased intra and extracellular fluid.
Betaine Anhydrous (500mg) Betaine has a similar action to GMS, it helps to hydrate cells to increase muscle pump and exercise performance. Longer-term studies (6 weeks) with Betaine also show significant gains in power and lean mass.
Alpha GPC (L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine - 400mg) Alpha GPC is a phospholipid molecule used to build brain cell membranes. It is also a precursor for the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Alpha GPC has shown significant benefits to athletic performance by helping to maintain reaction time following exhaustive exercise. It has been shown to increase Growth Hormone release, strength, and muscle contraction force after just 6 days of supplementation.
CDP Choline (300mg) Like Apla GPC, CDP Choline (cytidine diphosphate choline, or citicoline) is a precursor to acetylcholine, which is a key neurotransmitter and neuromodulator that helps regulate motivation, attention and even arousal. It has also been shown to improve reaction times, memory and lower cortisol. CDP Choline has a strong neural protective and recovery effect and is used to help manage and repair brain injury.
Cocoteanol (75mg) This new compound combines Cocoa flavonols including Theobromine with Camelia Sinensis Extract (green tea). Theobromine is an alkaloid that is structurally similar to caffeine and produces a strong cognitive benefit without the normal side effects of caffeine including jitters and sleeplessness. Theobromine is also a proven vasodilator and has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. Green Tea Extract contains high levels of EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) and the amino acid L-Theanine. EGCG has been shown in studies to significantly boost cognitive performance, mood and energy. L-Theanine increases mental alertness and reduces the perception of fatigue.
Serving Size: 3 Capsules
Servings per container: 40
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How To Take VASO-D PUMP’D
1 Serving Pre-Workout
Take 1 serving (3 Capsules) 30-60 minutes before training with water. Do not consume on an empty stomach. For maximum results combine with MAX'S ATP LOAD'D.
Who Should Take VASO-D PUMP’D
MAX’S VASO-D PUMP'D is recommended for trainers who want to attack each workout with maximum intensity. It will help to maximize muscle pumps, power and endurance.
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