Lactic Acid Build Up and Muscle Growth

by Don W.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL USA)

Question: Optimal Muscle Growth - Lactic Acid Build Up...


For optimal muscle growth - should a trainer strive to keep blood/pump in a trained region as long as possible OR remove the lactic acid build up ASAP by immediately working another remote body group, like Bob Gadja's old Peripheral Heart Action system.

Example: I always do Biceps then triceps - sometimes even superset the two - with the intent of keeping the blood and nutrients in the worked area as long as possible.

But - perhaps I should be doing, for instance, all biceps sets and next calves. I have never had a definitive answer to this question. Surely in this enlightened age there is a clear-cut answer?

Answer: Dedicating attention to one region, then clearing the lactic acid by then working an entire different area will benefit you, like your bicep and calves example.

So for example, you could do chest, and then while chest is resting, you could then do abs.

So as one area is resting, you can then work a different area.

It's better this way so that you don't exhaust one muscle. If the chest muscle is exposed to back to back exercises the entire workout session, you'll find yourself not being able to lift as much due to the exhausted muscle.

It'd be better to alternate between a couple different body parts so that while one is resting, another is being worked and vice versa.

This will keep you strong throughout the entire workout, clearing lactic acid from exhausted muscles, allowing you to perform at your best.

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by: Anonymous

Question: I understand and agree with the answer, but - it does not directly relate to my biggest concern, i.e. - should I keep the blood concentrated in the worked area as long as possible OR is it better to concentrate the nutrients (and, for that matter) the lactic acid buildup as long as practical in the worked area?

Answer:
"Should I keep the blood concentrated in the worked area as long as possible?"

Short answer, no.

"Example: I always do Biceps then triceps - sometimes even superset the two - with the intent of keeping the blood and nutrients in the worked area as long as possible."

You don't have to do that...

"But - perhaps I should be doing, for instance, all biceps sets and next calves. I have never had a definitive answer to this question. Surely in this enlightened age there is a clear-cut answer?"

Yes, all biceps sets, then calves. Right on. That's a better approach.

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