Blood Flow Restriction Training:
A way to stimulate Growth Hormone!
It’s a fact. Nothing can replace Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Replacement Therapy. Modern-day therapies designed to boost growth hormone levels are safe and efficient. Our clinics are proud to offer these cutting-edge treatments at a reasonable price. We have decades of experience in the field of hormone replacement and we stand behind our treatments.
But we don’t stop with hormone replacement therapies
That’s right. As effective as our treatments are, we believe in a comprehensive, holistic approach to enable you to receive the maximum benefit from our treatments. Our hormone boosting regimens included detailed nutritional advice, stress-reduction, tips to help you get to sleep and stay asleep, nutritional supplements, and physical fitness.
The world of fitness has never been more exciting. There are countless exercise routines for strength and muscle building, endurance, flexibility, balance, and movement. Admittedly it is challenging to stay current with the recent trends, but fitness is an indispensable part of our business, and that includes examining every new development in the fitness world...like Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR).
What is Blood Flow Restriction Training?
BFR is strapping a band or pressure cuff around the upper portion of an arm or leg in order to obstruct blood flow from the working muscle. This results in blood being able to enter the muscle by arterial flow; this restriction will partially block the blood from leaving the muscle. This condition causes a bulging of the muscle you are training a long with a build-up of lactic acid and growth hormone.
“Exercise with BFR Bands stimulates Human Growth Hormone (HGH) release, which directly and indirectly leads to muscle growth. That is the simple, non-technical explanation,” according to Dr. Mike DeBord, an expert on BFR Bands and President of B3 Sciences, Inc. He further added that “Light weight exercise with BFR Bands produces a quick muscle fatigue that results in a metabolic change, or lactic acid build up in the muscle. The fatigued muscle sends a signal to the brain that a metabolic change has occurred. The Pituitary Gland, in response, releases a rush of GH. The body responds to this GH release by secreting other hormones. This cascade of hormones stimulates adaptation in the muscles and also creates amazing health benefits for the rest of the body.”
Here is a brief anatomy lesson on why BFR can boost your efforts in the gym by delivering more results with less wasted time. Arteries deliver oxygenated blood from the heart to the body. Veins complete the cycle by returning deoxygenated blood from the body right back to the heart.
The aim of BFR training is to inhibit the veins returning part of the cycle while permitting the arteries to keep blood flowing to the muscle. A good analogy is inflating a balloon but not allowing it to explode.
The effects of this restriction are an increase in muscle size due to metabolic stress on the muscle since it is unable to get the oxygen it needs to eliminate waste materials. Metabolic stress is a critical element of muscle growth.
Dr. Brad Schoenfeld, the author of the book Science and Development of Muscular Hypertrophy states that “The prevailing body of literature shows that BFR training stimulates anabolic signaling and muscle protein synthesis and markedly increases muscle growth despite using loads often considered too low to promote significant hypertrophy.” He added that “it has been speculated that metabolic stress is the driving force behind BFR-induced muscle hypertrophy.”
How to add BFR Training to your workout routine
While it is possible to use any type of strap to restrict blood flow, it is highly recommended to obtain bands that are specifically designed for this type of training. BFR bands are numbered similar to a tape measure, which allows you to experiment and find that sweet spot: not too tight to cause numbness, and not too loose to be effective.
The mechanics of BFR bands are simple: for upper bodywork wrap the bands just below the shoulder; for lower bodywork just below the hips.
Here are a few do’s and dont’s of BFR training to consider
- DO remember that when the bands are applied you need to use lighter weights than normal.
- DON’T leave the bands on for extended periods of time. 10-15 minutes should be sufficient.
- DO consider using the bands at the end of your regular training. This is similar to bodybuilders finishing up a session with a lighter weight with more reps (aka a “burnout set”).
- DON’T make the bands too tight. If you are feeling any numbness do not hesitate to loosen the bands since numbness may be a sign of cutting off blood flow from both the veins and arteries, which will not only make the effort useless but may even lower muscle growth!
- DO remember that it is not just the arms and legs that benefit from BFR training; studies have concluded that the torso benefits as well.
- DON’T think that BFR training is a stand-alone system. While it is okay to occasionally use only BFR for a workout if you are pressed for time, nothing can replace your regular routine. BFR intensifies your regular training, but it does not replace it.
- DO remember to experiment with band tightness. Like any new routine or exercise you add, give it time and realize that it may take time for you to get it just right. Trial and error is the key. Listen to your body and don’t be in a hurry to get it perfect all at once.
- DON’T become discouraged when you begin to tire a lot quicker than normal when you are using the bands. This is due to the oxygen-deprived muscle being forced to work harder – and that’s a good thing.
- DO plenty of research and try different BFR routines. Your only limit is your imagination, so don’t be afraid to try any combination of exercises you may like.
- DON’T forget to get the green light from your doctor before diving into BFR training.
HGH Replacement Therapy + BFR training = a winning combination
As mentioned earlier, our growth hormone restoration treatment regimens are holistic and comprehensive. Our advanced, state-of-the-art hormone treatments will deliver amazing results without any other changes in your nutrition or fitness routines.
But when the table is set – with the sound, robust, impregnable foundation of healthy nutrition, deep, restorative sleep, stress-relief, supplements, proper hydration, and the right fitness program – our hormone regimens will deliver skyrocketing benefits…benefits like:
- Blowtorch ugly, unhealthy fat
- Skyrocket your energy levels
- Reduce stress
- Protect your heart
- Improve your health and quality of life
- Stop insomnia
- Boost self-confidence
- See your libido come roaring back
- Develop laser-like mental focus
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve bone density
- Lower blood pressure
- Ramp up your metabolism
- And more...much, much more...too numerous to list on one page
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