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The Muscle Pump: Potential Mechanisms and Applications for Enhancing Hypertrophic Adaptations

Schoenfeld, Brad J. PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT1; Contreras, Bret MA2

Section Editor(s): Sorace, Paul MS, RCEP, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1097/SSC.0000000000000021
One on One
Abstract

ABSTRACT: CELLULAR SWELLING, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “THE PUMP,” HAS BEEN SHOWN TO MEDIATE INCREASES IN MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS AND DECREASED PROTEIN DEGRADATION. THIS PAPER WILL EXPLORE THE POTENTIAL HYPERTROPHIC BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PUMP AND DISCUSS PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM DESIGN.

Author Information

1Department of Health Sciences, Program of Exercise Science, City University of New York, Lehman College, New York, New York; and

2Department of Sport Performance, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Paul Sorace, MS, RCEP, CSCS*D

Brad J. Schoenfeld is a lecturer in the exercise science program at CUNY's Lehman College and director of their human performance laboratory.

Bret Contreras is currently pursuing his PhD in Sports Science at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

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