What is BFR?
BFR uses a pneumatic tourniquet cuff applied to the most proximal region of the upper and lower extremities to maintain arterial flow while restricting venous return in order to enhance hypertrophy and strength of working muscles during exercise.
What is the Benefit?
BFR has been proven to diminish muscle atrophy resulting from decreased use, non-weight bearing injuries or surgeries. BFR training appear to increase muscular size better than regular resistance training. It can increase muscle strength and hypertrophy using 30% loads by improving muscle activation and increasing growth hormone responses.
What to Expect?
An appropriate cuff width will be applied to facilitate an individualized cuff pressure to the involved limb prior to exercise. Once the pressure is set, an exercise can take up to 5 – 10 minutes to complete. A total of 75 reps per each exercise broken down into sets of 30 x 15 x 15 x 15, with 30 second rests in between each set, in order to optimally enhance muscle strength and hypertrophy changes. BFR can be performed 2 – 4 times per week.