Blood Flow Restriction Training – What/How/When

Occlusion training or Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is being used more and more by physiotherapists, exercise physiologist or other trained allied health professionals to assist with improving muscle hypertrophy in a range of general and clinical populations. It works by using compression at the proximal limb to limit blood flow out of the muscle. Research has shown BFRT to increase muscular strength and hypertrophy using loads less than half of what is recommended by the ACSM for general hypertrophy training (60% of 1RM). It is proposed that occlusion training works by altering the traditional ratio of mechanical loading and metabolic stress to give similar outcomes without high mechanical loads – perfect in a rehab setting.
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