Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) / Occlusion Training - The New and More Efficient Workout

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Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) / Occlusion Training -  The New and More Efficient Workout

Most of us view our workouts as a break from our busy daily lives; a place where we can let go and work on ourselves.

At the same time, we want to see results faster and more efficiently – but how?

BFR training may certainly be the answer to many prayers as studies have now been carried out widely on an international scale leading sports scientists and highly respected Ph.D.’s to be more conclusive with regards to the benefits and overall potential of this new and upcoming way of training.

Meanwhile, the idea behind BFR training or occlusion training is actually not new but was first discovered in Japan back in the 1960’s by a man named Yoshiaki Sato, who later became the inventor of the KAATSU training principle. Often these three names are used interchangeably to describe this form of training, but there are some variations.

The main idea is that by restricting part of the blood flow from your extremity like your arm or leg back to your heart, it will cause a pooling of blood to occur in your muscles along with increased levels of lactide acid triggering a state of hypertrophy (muscle growth) by increasing the level of growth hormone from your brain.

The muscles react to the decrease in oxygen level caused by the restricted blood flow forcing them to work harder and fatiguing also the fast twitch (Type II) muscle fibers, which are the ones with the highest growth potential compared to the slow twitch (Type I).

The best part is that you should only do your sets using between 20-50% of your 1RM (meaning 20-50% of what you can lift one time only) in weights.

This means that your joints and ligaments - well, your whole body in the long run – will thank you for taking away large parts of the stress that traditional heavy lifting causes.

Therefore, BFR training is an awesome compliment to traditional training, but have also proven to be a very powerful tool in injury prevention and during rehabilitation.

In other words, BFR training is intelligent training where you trigger your body to naturally produce more out of less.

We can’t wait to be a part of your journey as you reach your physical goals and escape the plateau that you might find yourself on. 

 

Take it to the next level with,

The BfR Pro Team

 

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