A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE WAY TO TRAIN SOLDIERS AND QUICKLY IMPROVE:
• BASELINE FITNESS—Prepare soldiers to meet basic requirements with less damage
• COMBAT READINESS
• MISSION PERFORMANCE
• INJURY RECOVERY—Back to the battlefield in half the time
• ADAPTIVE TRAINING
• NOT ONLY MAINTAIN BUT IMPROVE STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENT WITH NO EQUIPMENT
• DEPLOYMENT ENVIRONMENT FITNESS
PREPARING AND IMPROVING SOLDIERS FROM BASELINE FITNESS TO AUSTERE BATTLEFIELD SITUATIONS
B Strong Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) is a low cost, easy to deploy, modality of exercise that does not cause muscle damage and significantly reduces training time, while it increases recovery and results. Anabolic and endurance gains are achieved in less than half the time as traditional training. B Strong BFR is safe and effective, easy to use, affordable.
B STRONG BFR - BACKED BY SCIENCE, ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE
Not only maintain fitness during deployment, but improve strength and endurance with BFR portable units, compact, easily deployed B Strong BFR is designed for use anywhere and anytime requiring nothing to augment the system. B Strong enhances training and performance while accelerating recovery from injury. The rigorous training necessary to attain top physical fitness, strength, and endurance typically requires training potentially damaging to the soldier. B Strong BFR changes the equation. The mechanism of B Strong BFR is to use light weight, or no weight at all, while still achieving the same fatigue in the working muscle by partially restricting blood flow with the B Strong BFR Bands, for about 20 minutes. Therefore, the soldier elicits a robust systemic and hormonal response, as if working out with heavy weights for an hour - but with no damage to the muscle. All science-based and tested.
STUDY PROVES B STRONG TRAINING TO BE EFFECTIVE
1st Reconnaissance Battalion volunteered to add 20 B Strong workouts to their normal routine over a four-week period. A detailed four-week workout plan was distributed to the volunteers. Performance and body composition testing was conducted in the days before and three or four days after the four-week workout period.
Testing included 1 rep maximal squat lift, number of pull-ups, a timed 880 yd road run (Maneuver to Contact), number of 30 lbs. Ammunition Can Lifts in 2 minutes and a timed standard Maneuver under Fire. In addition, body composition was determined from height, weight, 7 skinfolds and various body girths.
RESULTS POST 4-WEEK B STRONG BFR TRAINING
The Marines improved strength by 10% and increased muscle by 5%. Body Composition improved by an 8% decrease in subcutaneous fat and a 5% increase in lean body mass (LBM) (see graphic above).
A paradigm shift in the way to train soldiers, avoid injury and quickly improve ACFT score
The benefits of proper B STRONG training cannot be over emphasized.
B STRONG BFR training is an exercise technique that safely manipulates the body's circulatory system, and when combined with exercise, produces rapid gains in strength and fitness using light loads in a very short period of time. Its use triggers a natural hormonal response in the body generating Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which has been noted to produce an anti-aging effect, and contribute to the building of stronger bones, increase lean muscle mass, and reduce body fat. The efficiency of BFR Training creates a paradigm shift in fitness! Now, weight training with half the weights in half the time can illicit remarkable whole body results.
HOW BFR TRAINING WORKS
What you commonly hear referred to as “No Pain/No Gain” refers to the traditional weight training model — ultimately tearing muscle to build new muscle and increase strength.
WHAT THAT MEANS
For an individual to achieve muscle fatigue from a traditional training session, he/she would have to lift heavy weights or push oneself for a long period of time to illicit the growth hormonal response needed to make strength gains or overall improvement.
When following B STRONG banded protocols, lifting lighter weights ‘tricks’ the muscle to fatigue, the athlete (young or old/fit or unfit) gets the desired physiologic response quickly and tear muscle, inducing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to all tissues and working muscles of the body. This strong yet non-damaging muscle fatigue triggers a natural, robust, hormonal cascade which in turn produces hypertrophy and strength gains on par with traditional weightlifting. The hormones circulating in the blood stream benefit all areas of the body that were working not only the banded limbs, which we refer to as the "systemic effect."
B STRONG Training is not limited to weight-bearing exercises. B STRONG fitness protocol including walking, running, cycling, swimming sport-specific bands can be used in any* training or skills/drills training and most fitness classes where heavy weights are not involved.
B STRONG BFR TRAINING—THEORY & APPLICATION WITHIN THE MILITARY
B Strong Blood Flow Restriction Training is a fitness enhancing training method that taps into the body’s natural response systems to stress and recovery. Developed by Jim Stray-Gundersen M.D., the B Strong BFR Training System represents a radical, scientifically backed, paradigm shift in the way we train for fitness, performance and recovery from exercise/injury. Discover how you can exercise smarter, improve overall strength and fitness in less time, and optimize training results – all while using relatively light, easy loads, and/or low intensity cardiorespiratory exercise. The benefits of B Strong BFR training apply to all fitness levels within the military. B Strong elastic BFR Training Bands can be used for any training activity – regardless of fitness level or training goals.
Become a B Strong BFR Training System practitioner and learn by doing. Leave with training blocks and protocols that you can put to use immediately to elevate fitness and performance goals to deploy. Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to implement BFR training and understand why the B Strong BFR Training Bands allow you to train safely and effectively.
B Strong BFR Training is a game changer!
This 8-hour course includes the B Strong BFR Training Manual, authored by Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen.
Course approved for NSCA 0.8 CEUs; NASM 0.8 CEUs
BENEFITS OF BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION (BFR) TRAINING
The benefits of BFR training lead to better health and wellness for the entire population – young and old alike. It can be done anywhere, anytime, regardless of your starting fitness level and remarkable improvement is possible.
B STRONG Training Systems is the safest BFR technology on the market. B STRONG bands are designed for safety. Their patented air-baffle inflating design ensures the bands cannot occlude blood flow. Without this unique design/safety feature, restricting blood flow can be an extremely dangerous. The B Strong Training System is the only BFR tool designed by an Olympic physician and MD with expertise in the cardiovascular and circulatory systems, and decades of experience in athlete and overall human performance. The B Strong Training System was designed to be safe for everyone from age 8 to 103 and all fitness levels to improve overall health and performance.
Gain all the benefits of traditional training without incurring the damage. Get stronger, leaner, improve performance, recover faster. The B STRONG Training System uses a safe, natural and physiological manipulation of your body’s circulatory system to produce quick and significant gains in strength and fitness! In other words, your brain is tricked into thinking you are working hard, lifting extremely heavy weights in response to the restricted blood flow to the banded muscle. Your brain turns on a cascade hormonal response to support the “overworked” muscle initiating muscle hypertrophy (growth) without ever actually overworking the muscle. And the benefits are systemic – not just the banded muscle is impacted, with B Strong Training the entire body and all working muscles benefit. You gain all the benefits, leaner stronger muscle growth without ever actually tearing or over straining the working muscle. The benefits are immediate and measurable, in half the time of traditional workouts.
After years of studying BFR devices in use in throughout Asia in the 1990’s, Dr. Stray-Gundersen defined the mechanism and physiological response that elicits the immediate benefits of BFR training, and developed and patented the B STRONG Training System to simplify BFR Training for all. The initial devices used in Asia cost thousands of dollars, were cumbersome and were not safe to use without trained supervision.The devices did not allow for unimpeded activity, as you were tethered to a pressure device. Recently, the availability of BFR tourniquets, elastic wraps and cuffs common in the bodybuilding world and available inexpensively online, are extremely dangerous and can cause permanent damage to muscle and tendons (and much worse) and should not be used. The B Strong Training System was specifically designed to bring an affordable, safe and easy to use BFR device to market for all to use for measurable improvements to overall health and fitness levels.
"I NOT ONLY MAINTAINED BUT IMPROVED MY STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE IN AN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENT."
- Special Operations Soldier
THE DOCTOR SAYS:
"I have had a career-long focus on legally Maximizing Human Performance at the highest level of sport for over 30 years. In this capacity working with Olympians, World Champions, Professional and Amateur teams, I have come across many potentially performance enhancing modalities — I have never experienced such a game-changing catalyst for maximizing athletic performance and overall fitness as Blood Flow Restrictive (BFR) Training. As a sports scientist and sports medicine physician, my partner Sean Whalen and I developed the B STRONG BFR Training System for all ages and disciplines to benefit safely from Blood Flow Restrictive Training, with an eye to an affordable, comfortable, safe and effective, new training modality."
Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD has helped pioneer the use of blood flow restriction training in North America and Europe and with his partner created B Strong BFR Training System. Stray-Gundersen lectures and certifies professionals and consumers in BFR training. Board Certified in General Surgery, Jim’s background is both academic and athletic. His “day job” has been as research faculty in Cardiology and Orthopedics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and he has worked for 35+ years in Olympic and Professional Sports.