Since we launched BfR Professional using the world’s largest crowdfunding platform called Kickstarter to distribute our premium product for blood flow restriction (BFR)/occlusion/kaatsu training, we’ve been asked quite a few times about why you can’t just use a rope or regular elastic band?
Of course, it all comes down to preferences, but we have tried a lot of different alternatives ourselves over the past two years and the design and comfort of the strap/band/cuff matters!
Below are some of the things we have taken into consideration as we designed the BfR Pro ARMS for ourselves and you…
As BFR training becomes increasingly popular within fitness and for rehabilitation more products will naturally hit the market, but the quality of them varies greatly. Most of the current products comes in a “one-size fits all” mentality which may be fine for you.
However, we decided to focus on offering a product in different sizes to match the needs of the individual which makes it not only more comfortable to wear but also a lot nicer to look at from an aesthetic point of view without half of the band flapping around your arm as you work out.
To find the correct size remember to measure the area below your shoulder but above your biceps and triceps – not the area around the middle of your biceps where the circumference is naturally larger.
Question: “I’m borderline between two different sizes, so which one should I choose?” We always recommend the largest size since it is better to apply a lower pressure than too hard of a pressure which can have a negative effect on your muscle building and in worst cases cause an injury.
One of the major challenges using knee wraps or other one-size occlusion bands can be to even strap it on without the assistance of a buddy since the product is so long and unhandy.
Often this can cause an uneven pressure to be applied which may decrease the actual physiological effect of your training.
We solved this by designing a product that you can strap on and release with one hand making it even more simple to use leaving you to focus on finding and applying the right pressure for you.
In doubt about how to apply the correct pressure? Read this post with 4 tips that can help you.
Anti-slip technology – Don't worry, we got you
The white anti-slip stripes embedded in the specialized elastic band support the single-handed fitting as it grabs on to your skin once you tighten the strap the first time around your arm.
This eases the use and comfort of conducting BFR training which should push you and take your training to the next level, but avoid the hassle of even strapping on the product.
Width – Wider is not always better
Unlike most other products available for occlusion training on your upper-body, we decided to make our strap with a width of 3 cm. According to the latest scientific research done on the practical application of BFR training, it is recommended that the straps used on your upper-body extremities (meaning your arms) should be between 3-5 cm wide.
After hours of testing ourselves in the gym and outside doing functional training, we found that applying a wider strap was less comfortable and often annoyed, especially your biceps, during sets.
To see our product BfR Pro ARMS in action visit our 3 min long Kickstarter campaign video here.
All the best,
Team BfR Professional
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