Q: I like the look of veins on my arms. Do you think doing high-rep TORQ training will help me get more vascularity?
A: How vascular you are is primarily genetic—and freaky veinage is usually only visible when you have low body fat, so diet plays a pretty big role as well.
BUT, doing higher reps, especially on continuous-tension-type moves, like concentration curls for biceps and pushdowns for triceps, can increase capillary proliferation—and perhaps create more gnarly vascularity…
There’s no question that a lot of vascularity makes you look leaner—because you are…
Also, you should train your forearms with continuous-tension moves, like wrist curls and reverse wrist curls. Use the TORQ and Super TORQ methods for a searing pump and burn—if you can stand the pain. Even 30 reps on continuous-tension exercises like these will have you screaming…
Keep the bar moving—do not rest at the top or bottom of the stroke. Try supersetting reverse wrist curls and wrist curls. TORQ would be 30-20-15 on each—all sets to failure—or close—no rest.
Vein streaked forearms hanging out of a short-sleeved shirt look pretty cool, we must admit.
On a personal note, we always start seeing more veins when we begin reducing rests between sets AND ramping up with longer-tension-time tactics in the spring—like drop sets, TORQ, XRX, STX, etc.
The question is, Do those tactics actually produce more veins, or do they just help us get leaner faster so vascularity appears? Hmm, does it really matter if we’re looking bigger, better, and leaner each day? Nope.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
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