Blood Flow Restriction Training
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
When I first started my workouts in the ’80s, I was certified by Ace Fitness. They’re still the leading nonprofit exercise professional and health coach certification organization.
In their latest issue, Ace Fitness highlighted blood flow restriction training, in an article titled “Blood Flow Restriction Training: What You Need to Know.”
“What I love about BFR is that I’m able to lift with lighter weights, but still experience that extreme fatigue signal responsible for muscle growth created by heavier weights.”
– Kathy Smith, ACE Fitness
As you know, I’ve talked about blood flow restriction training (BFR) many times in the past. It is one of the newest training techniques to hit both the rehab and sports performance worlds and it’s also being recognized as a potent method for all of us aging baby boomers.
This technique helps improve muscle activation, increase strength while using lighter weights, recover more quickly from injuries, and reduce atrophy and loss of muscle mass as you age or from disuse.
A quick overview… Blood Flow Restriction uses bands…something that looks like a blood pressure band… placed around the uppermost portion of the arms and legs to maintain arterial inflow to the muscle while restricting venous return (I’m wearing them in the picture above). The idea is that by restricting blood flow (not occluding or preventing) you trick the body into thinking it is working harder than it is and that produces some pretty amazing results. …
• Triggers numerous metabolic effects, including an increase of human growth hormone which declines with age
• Produces game-changing injury recovery therapy results… a solution for rehabbing injuries faster than ever
• Develops strength without lifting heavy weights
There’s a lot of research that supports the method, which is why it’s exciting to see Ace Fitness and other organizations recognizing that BFR training is a method that’s here to stay.
Read the article for an in-depth description of how BFR training is changing the worlds of fitness, aging, and recovery…
On The Art of Living podcast, I spoke with the top doctor in the country on BFR training, Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen, M.D. about why it’s the future of fitness.
You definitely don’t want to miss it.