Whether you like it or not, no one can deny the intimidating visual effect vascularity has on a fellow gym rat. So, what is it? Is it good? Can I make myself look for like that… or should I?! The truth is that there are two immediate reasons why having pronounced veins is a sign that you are in better shape than others. Firstly, it is a visual indicator that your muscles require more blood to fuel them than those without enhanced vascularity; implying that you are stronger. Secondly, it is a sure-fire way to see how low your body fat percentage is; your veins will only pop if the layers of fat under your skin are low enough to let them show.
So how do I get my veins to pop?! There are several different things we must consider. Even though it is something we can purposefully achieve, one important thing to remember is that genetics do play a role in what extent you can achieve the signature vein pops. Sadly, some people are born more vascular than others. Let’s not focus on what we cannot control and talk about what we CAN. Regardless of genetics and what our veins currently look like (or lack thereof) there are amazingly simple steps we can take to increase our vascularity. Let us take a look….
- Lose Fat – I know this sounds obvious. As I said before, everyone has a different body type. Some people naturally have more vascularity, so if you are not one of them then you need to use every facet you have to your advantage. The less fat you have under your skin, the more your veins will pop… so lose the fat!
- Get Swole – Again, this is an obvious one, but bigger muscles demand a higher blood flow. That’s the simple fact. There are two parts to this step. Yes, we want to build muscle mass in general, but we MUST go after the PUMP! If you are not familiar with the term, we are talking about ending your session with high intensity, controlled lifts with short rests in between sets. By shifting your focus to building muscle and achieving the pump, your veins will adapt to higher blood flows to your newly built muscle mass.
- A little Mo Cardio! – There are countless reasons not to skip cardio day. Additionally, if you’re looking for higher vascularity then keeping it in your routine is a MUST. Cardio will obviously help keep your caloric deficit high and keep the fat off. Consistent cardio will increase your capillary density and ultimately increase the blood flow to your muscles.
With all this being said, there are a few specific supplements and ingredients that will help your vascularity improve. This will come as a result of increased blood flow, relaxing/widening blood vessels, and improved circulation by having a direct effect on your Nitric Oxide levels in your body. By relaxing your blood vessels and arteries, the following supps will make your blood flow more effective for ‘Pump’.
One of the most effective ways to boost nitric oxide levels and get that look we want is with Hype Reloaded by Blackstone Labs. Packing a powerful PUMP punch with key ingredients like Citrulline Malate and Horney Goat weed which both have a efficacy level through the roof on vascularity!
When it comes to PUMP we have to mention, PUMP ADDICT Ultra Hardcore by Muscle Addiction. This high impact stim and N.O. boosting ingredient panel will have you burning through workouts and getting maximum results. L-Citrulline and Agmatine Sulfate also contribute to clear results but it is trademarked ingredient VAS06 that is the vascular hero in this high dose HIGH impact supplement.
Another excellent choice is Seismic Surge by Hard Rock Supplements. As well as being packed with everything your veins want, this PWO also contains L-Arginine Alphaketoglutarate and Agmatine Sulfate that high dose feed your muscles while you work out. This PWO is called the 6th gear for a reason.
Another supplement that increases MAJOR pump and vascularity is Plasmagen by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Plasmagen works by deactivating Arginese Enzymes that can negatively effect your NO levels and keep vascularity and PUMP successes. Feel the pump with this advanced and unique formula!