The results I achieved were quite clear. I experienced less body fat and increased leg strength which improved my in-sport performance. Very positive return on investment!
I have competed in numerous triathlons including the Ironman, as well as a mix of endurance events in cycling, paddle sports and cross country skiing. At 62 years of age I find that strength has been an element of my conditioning that is beginning to elude me. My winter fitness has been at a much higher level, due to skate skiing and more time to spend in the gym. However over the last few years I could tell my upper body strength was diminishing.
ENTER “B STRONG”
While going through VO2 and lactic acid threshold testing at one of the USO development centers I saw a set of B STRONG blood flow restriction cuffs. My curiosity brought me to the point of buying a set. I used them over the winter in three different ways. Following the protocol and fitness test I began to use them while skiing hill intervals for 20 min segments. I also used them while working out on a Concept 2 Skierg machine and most important when time was short and I only had 20 min or so to squeeze in a workout.
The gains I experience came mostly from the light lifting in a short window of training and the work on the Skierg. The results I achieved were evident in my skiing hilly terrain. I experienced less upper body fatigue and improved leg strength resulted in better control when skiing down hill.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE…
I’m planning to use them this spring, specifically for cycling. I plan put in around 3000 miles this year on the road bike with a trip to France during the Tour de France to bike 4 of the classic Climbs in the French Alps.
I’m quite satisfied that my purchase of the B STRONG cuffs was prudent and has had a positive return on investment.