Train with light weights and achieve maximum results with BFR Bands!
Blood Flow Restriction Training, also known as Occlusion training or KAATSU training, has gathered lots of popularity in recent years. Previously it was mainly used during the recovery of injuries, but fitness professionals all over the world have discovered it's also an incredibly valuable addition for everyone wanting to gain strength and muscle mass.
What are the benefits of BFR Bands?
BFR Bands are used to wrap around you limbs (either arms or legs) to restrict the blood flow towards this area. This way the blood does get into the muscle, but isn't able to get out properly. This gives us several unique advantages:
- Because of the high accumulation of blood BFR Training causes an incredible pump
- The restriction of blood flow causes low-oxygen blood. Because of this more Type-II fibers have to be activated which are normally only used during heavy weight training
- Because of the restricted blood flow lots of metabolites like lactic acid build up. This process is called metabolic stress, a mechanism for muscle hypertrophy
- Training with light weights keep muscle damage to a minimum. This means there is little impact on your recovery time
Who can benefit from BFR Bands?
Simple: everyone can benefit from the use of BFR bands. The unique mechanism for muscle hypertrophy makes it an incredibly safe and effective training method. Your joints and tendons get spared while your muscles get worked on maximally. This makes it very safe and applicable to every workout.
Obviously BFR Bands provide extra benefit when you're experiencing injuries that force you to lift lighter. This way you still get the maximum out of every workout.
Isn't blood flow restriction dangerous?
This is an obvious question which we encounter regularly. For BFR Training it's important you never tighten the bands too tight. The goal is to restrict your blood flow, not close it off completely! When the pain after a set becomes unbearable or your arm/leg becomes purple that's a sign they're too tight.
A good guideline in terms of tightness is 7 on a scale of 10. This means it's tight from the get go, but not awkwardly tight. At the end of your sets the pump should be so brutal that it hurts, but in a good way.
variants of the BFR Bands
BFR Bands are available in 2 variants:
- with a length of 60 centimeter, suited for restriction of the upper arms (and calves)
- with a length of 90 centimeter, suited for restriction of the upper legs
The bands are made of sturdy polyester and elastane and get secured with a tight closure so the bands won't get loose during an exercise.