What is the best way to start B Strong Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training?
The best way to start using the B Strong Training System is to measure your limb girths, order a system, fill out the information and download the app. The guidance app will take you from there, track your progress, and prescribe appropriate pressures to keep your sessions safe and effective!
Where do I place the B Strong BFR bands?
B Strong BFR bands are only placed in two locations.
For arms, the BFR bands are placed high up, above the bicep and below the deltoid. The bands are designed thin enough to get above the bicep so that when the bicep contracts, the bands allow some expansion of the muscle. If you experience any kind of pain, it is likely because the bands are placed too low.
For legs, the BFR bands are placed as high up on the quad as is comfortable.
For both arms and legs, the white valve should be pointing inward toward the opposite side of your body and if there is a gap between the two ends of the bladder, this should be rotated so it is on the outside surface of the limb.
According to leading BFR expert Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD, the reason BFR bands are only placed in these two locations is that it allows B Strong to restrict flow to the maximum amount of muscle mass. B Strong produces a systemic effect, which means your whole body will benefit from the exercise if you are doing exercises that engage core and trunk muscles. So, if you are looking to improve calf or ankle function, you don't put the bands around the calf, as this leaves out the large quad and hamstring muscles and will produce a minimal systemic effect.
Is there a recommended period of time to wear B Strong BFR training bands?
There is no optimal time to use B Strong. However, you may enjoy your B Strong blood flow restriction training session more if you establish a regular schedule. It is not recommended to do B Strong right after a large meal and for some, doing B Strong or any exercise just before bedtime may impact their ability to fall asleep.
How long will it take to see the effects of BFR training?
By using B Strong BFR bands along with the guidance app, you should see a marked improvement on the order of 10% strength gains in as little as 10-15 sessions if done 3-5x per week, 1x per day. Our application is designed to keep you safe and work your way toward the pressures that are appropriate for you, as each individual is different. B Strong is much more than just BFR bands. We bring you the expertise in an easy-to-implement fashion so you can simply Pump up ‘n Go™.
What types of exercises can you do with B Strong BFR training system?
You can do any exercise you can imagine with your B Strong Training System™. The most important point is to follow the guidance of the app. In the app, you should follow the B Strong regimen for sets and repetitions to achieve muscle failure.
Any light weight or partial body weight exercises can be performed with the B Strong Training System™. Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD, BFR expert and co-founder of B Strong, recommends starting with the basic exercises described in the app, then gradually incorporating exercises most specific to the activities relevant to your lifestyle. Examples include cyclists “B-ing” Strong on a stationary bike with BFR bands on their legs or baseball players throwing with BFR bands on their arms.