Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) is one of the most effective tools to hit the rehabilitation and performance world in the last decade. With impressive research and case studies coming out all of the time we felt compelled to share the good news. Check it out:
Benefit one: bigger muscles. That’s right, by using BFR with lightweight resistance exercises you can actually build bigger muscles. How is that possible? BFR allows us to hack your bodies hormonal system and protein synthesis pathways by taking advantage of its innate desire to maintain homeostasis. The training done with BFR creates a large amount of metabolic stress that stimulates the release of growth hormone and kicks the protein synthesis pathway into serious overdrive. Research shows the BFR stimulates a 170% increase in Growth Hormone compared to traditional exercise!
Benefit two: Faster results. Because you are stimulating muscle building without breaking it down first, the hypertrophy happens rapidly, generally within 2-4 weeks. With traditional high intensity, resistance exercise you are breaking muscle down during training sessions leading to slower hypertrophy gains, generally around 8-12 weeks.
Benefit three: Get stronger. Research shows that traditional lightweight resistance training leads to no strength adaptations at all, but with BFR you can expect significant strength gains at a fraction of the weight normally needed. Even bodyweight exercises used with BFR can lead to impressive strength gains.
When BFR is a homerun
BFR is a homerun tool when we have to scale the amount of weight that we give to the patient or athlete. This includes the post-surgical patient and patients that have overload injuries. Traditionally these two types of patients are only able to perform bodyweight exercises or light resistance training like theraband exercises. The problem is that these low loads do not allow the athlete to create hypertrophy or strength gains.
A post-surgical knee or shoulder patient traditionally could expect to atrophy and lose much of their pre-surgery muscle size and density. The surgery does not allow the athlete to put enough resistance on the injured limb to maintain muscle size. With BFR we can now create hypertrophy in the post-surgical limb almost immediately after surgery with very simple and low-level exercises.
Overload injuries are extremely common. Here are just a few examples:
Tennis or golfers elbow
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