Is it normal to not feel pumps when power lifting?
Im assuming that it is not usually associated with it. But it's been awhile since I truly dropped down into the 4-8 rep range (as in I can't do more than 6 reps and not just doing 4-8 but still being able to keep on).
anyways so I was doing bench today and did 8, 6, and 6 reps. not really a pump, didn't feel like I do after I do a 12-15 reps set pump or lactic acid build up.
The sensation of the "pump" is not been clearly defined in literature as to a specific cause. There are multiple explanations which haven't been proven. Temperature, pH changes, H+ accumulation along with other ions, and increased blood flow. Lactate in my opinion does not cause the burn (pain) etc. and is a normal metabolic substrate.
It is normal for me not to feel that sensation when I follow a powerlifting protocol with lower rep schemes unless I'm doing extended dynamic (speed) work with low rest.