Exercises for vascularity/hardness arms
02-28-2008 01:22 PM
Exercises for vascularity/hardness arms
Any specific exercises and number or sets/reps for vein popping hardness bis/tris?
02-28-2008 02:27 PM
i'm sure i'll be corrected if i'm wrong. but most of vascularity has to do with how lean you are and genetics. i have pretty vascular legs but terrible vascularity in my upper body even at 5% bodyfat. My brother on the other hand can be at 7-8% bodyfat and his vascularity will be ridiculous in his upper body. Also i'm in a PT class and my teacher had said that it also has to do with hydration levels and a lot of that just depends on your body and what you need the hydration levels to be at. how to calculate that? i have no idea. But for me i'm just kinda screwed to a certain extent because of genetics.
02-28-2008 06:21 PM
Higher reps will drive more blood volume to those working muscles, but visible vascularity has more to do with your physiology then which exercises you're performing. Like the post above me said, genetics plays a great role in visible vascularity, ie thin skin, low subcutaneous fat, natural vein/capillary diameter.
02-28-2008 07:30 PM
glycogen level effects my vasularity...one gatorade and some supercarb after low carbing for a few weeks, and my veins inflate.
02-28-2008 07:53 PM
Running with the Big Boys
There are several factors:
2. Glycogen Levels
02-28-2008 08:31 PM
I believe you get more vascular as you get bigger because bigger muscles need more blood and all that blood carries.Bigger forearms at a respectful bf% seem to be more vascular than smaller.lee priest has descent veins but Frank Mcgrath's veins are crazy,so that shows the genetic part,but i remember how excited i was when the big vein going down bi's started to show and forearms veins became more noticeable as i got bigger
02-28-2008 09:10 PM
You're officially Bishop TUT
Originally Posted by Rodja
02-29-2008 06:09 AM
all determined by genetics and conditioning. I have great genetics when it comes to vascularity, i mean i can be holding water or in the low teens in bf% and still show insane vascularity....and this is with tan skin. I mean look at Jay Cutler he is sub5% bf during contests and he still doesnt have much vascularity. Genetics. High reps will help as youll be pumping more blood, maybe try out some vasodilators or pump products. Hemodraulix is one im testing now and ive noticed even more vascularity during workouts. Like it was mentioned Sugar levels, glycogen, has an effect as well.
02-29-2008 06:44 AM
How do you like hemodraulix,anything special?
02-29-2008 06:51 AM
well id say the first week was pretty impressive! Boosts in strength, vascularity and pumps got there quick. Id like to say the effect has been leveling off a bit but it makes you real sweaty too. Its up there in the pump products ladder imo
02-29-2008 06:57 AM
I have been using xlevol and loving it, mathew reccomended hemodraulix to me.I'll prob try it eventually.
02-29-2008 02:01 PM
Thanks for the great information.
Is TUT the best method used for hardness?
I've never trained that way before so what kind of weight and reps should I be using? Heavy + Low reps, Medium + high reps, etc?
02-29-2008 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by diminuendo
I second this i am low carbing right now and my veins arent buldging as much as the do when im carbing. But am looking nice and lean
02-29-2008 07:02 PM
I also remember the veins in my calves starting to show more when they started to get bigger.I was reminded of this,this morning when working calves.Anyone else notice being more vascular as you get bigger or atleast the initial size gain,normal to muscular.I notice some skinny guys are vascular but not many,and not many big guys aren't atleast somewhat vascular.No one called me out or agreed,so call me out or agree.Do you have some size on you now kidracer,or are you "normal"
03-01-2008 02:37 PM
Ok guys.. I have some pics up but the quality sucks.
03-01-2008 05:57 PM
I think you need to get bigger and see what happens.By the way,put some high spf sunscreen on those tattoos when exposed to sun.Not alot of people realise the sun fades tattoos.
03-04-2008 12:40 AM
I'm straight on the size. I put on 30-35lbs in the last 5 months and have maintained my weight/strength through my cycle and pct.
I reached all the goals I had which was to keep slender and just add lean mass. I didn't want to get **** diesel- just not my thing.
As far as tattoos- they are photochopped to preserve my identity.
I started doing some TUT exercises for biceps and I can definitely feel it. It takes a lot more concentration than I thought!
03-04-2008 08:26 AM
I could tell the tattoos were distorted in some way,just leting you know the sun fades them,as i said not a lot of people know.I work outside in texas and gert covered from head to toe year round to keep mine out of the sun.I get alot of stares.I also weear all black with a hat and bandanna(tan lines are like night and day if i don't)so that adds to it.No offense but you don't quite have the bb look yet,you may not have the genes to be vascular,although i think you will be more vascular when you get bigger,and cut down if needed.Just my opinion,i know some pros aren't too vascular though,so who knows.
Edit:just looked at the pictures again,and your not far away from the bb look,looks like you might try to bring up your back,hard to tell but it looks like lats are lagging.My bf% is pretty close to yours and i'm some what vascular,so maybe you're doomed not to have what most normal people consider to be nasty
03-05-2008 01:17 AM
The teacher I had in a personal training seminar who is highly respected and qualified, told us that emphasizing TUT was a great to develop muscle hardness.
03-07-2008 03:36 AM
Tattoos were photochopped to conceal my identity. They are actually doing really well especially since I never show them off in the sun being that they are under a shirt most the time.
I appreciate the honest feedback. I'm wasn't going for the bb look actually. My lats are lacking but I did not want the huge cobra snake look. I want to be slender and have a nice model-ish look.. was going the sexy route more than the **** diesel route. My lats were a lot bigger last year before I completely stopped training though so I do know what you're saying about it giving me the bb look.
Fitness/health more than looking a certain way is more priority in my life. I figure as long as I'm working towards a healthy lifestyle and look pretty good then I can focus on other aspects of my life better.
As of right now I have stopped working out because I sprained my ankle. I will be out for a little while and will update my logs when I'm back on my feet. Sucks but I have to heal..
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