Maximum Muscle Growth
Blood flow restriction training creates an environment in your muscles conducive to growth. There are two chemical messengers in particular which either tell your muscles to grow or shrink. The first is mTor or mammalian target of rapamycin, mTor tells your muscles to GROW. The other is myostatin, this villain tells your muscles to shrink. Studies show blood flow restriction training increases mTor and lowers myostatin.
How You Can Get Bigger Gains from Lower Weights.
Another benefit of BFR training is that it lets you achieve higher levels of muscle activation while using lighter weights. Muscle activation is what happens when you push your muscles close to failure - an essential aspect of bodybuilding.
You’re really “tricking” your muscles into thinking they’re lifting heavier weights when you restrict blood flow.
This study found that pBFR (practical blood flow restriction training) can stimulate muscle hypertrophy or growth to the same degree to that of high-intensity resistance training.
In English this means the same effect happening in your muscles when you take them to failure gets prolonged by BFR training. That’s how you can get bigger gains while lifting less weight.
The best part about this is you’re not putting as much stress on your tendons, ligaments and joints either. So you won’t suffer from arthritis, bad knees, shoulders, or elbow joints down the road.
BFR Bands are perfect If you’re recovering from injuries, if your gym doesn’t have proper equipment (like a sucky hotel gym or a home gym), or if you’re just tired and you don’t feel like lifting heavy weights but you still want an effective workout.
“What’s the Difference between BFR PRO Bands and Classic Bands?”
The main difference between BFR PRO Bands and Classic Bands is that PRO Bands are 2 inches wider. This helps you control the exact amount of blood flow to your arms and legs, giving you greater control over your pump. The width difference also makes them much more comfortable to wear as well.
Is Blood Flow Restriction Training Risky?
This is a common question because on the surface it can sound like a dangerous idea.
The answer is no, research shows BFR training is not risky. There are two types of occlusion, arterial and venous. Arterial occlusion is cutting off the blood flow to your muscles and venous is cutting off the blood from leaving your muscles.
PRO BFR Bands use venous occlusion only to restrict the blood from leaving your muscles, not entering them. This makes them a better choice than knee wraps or any other kind of wrap.
Besides, studies show you can completely cut off blood flow for up to 2 hours without any real damage. The goal of BFR training is not to completely cut off blood flow however. You will know right away if your BFR PRO Bands are on too tight.
Bottom line: Using BFR Bands will not make your arms turn black and fall off from loss of oxygen.