My Experience With
Blood Flow Restriction Training
Throughout the years, we hear about the latest innovations in fitness that claim to change the way we’re going to work out forever. Although most of these trends don’t really catch on, there is always one that manages to break through and get identified as a game-changer.
The buzz right now that’s here to stay is called “blood flow restriction training.” It is one of the newest training tools to hit both the rehab and sports performance worlds and it’s also being recognized as a potent tool for all of us aging baby boomers.
Today’s NEW podcast episode dives deep into why BFR training is truly the future of fitness. This new 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.
I’ve been training with B-Strong’s blood flow restrition method for about a year. The cuffs were placed on the uppermost portion of each limb (in this case, my arms) Then with light weights, I performed a set of 30 repetitions of bicep curls with 5-lb weights. I did three sets, with a 45-second rest in-between each. Those light weights started to feel a lot heavier than just 5 pounds.
There’s a lot of research that supports the method, which is why Blood Flow Restriction or BFR is becoming more popular with athletes, physical therapists, trainers and even celebrities like Mark Wahlberg.
A quick overview… Blood Flow Restriction uses cuffs…something that looks like a blood pressure cuff… placed around the uppermost portion of the arms and legs to maintain arterial inflow to the muscle while preventing venous return (I’m wearing them in the picture above). The idea is that by restricting blood flow you trick the body into thinking it is working harder than it is and that produces some pretty amazing results.
While the idea has been around for decades, it’s only now that we’re seeing it becoming more mainstream…and largely because of our today’s guest, Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen. Jim runs the SG Performance Medicine Center in Park City. I’m extremely fortunate because the facility is just a couple miles from where I live. Read more about Dr. Stray-Gundersen’s background below.
Don’t miss this episode… it’s a real game-changer! LISTEN HERE