Product Review: Gym Gear – BFR Bands (blood flow restriction) bands
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I got exactly what you see here, but my legs are red. I was hoping the legs had a easy on off buckle like the arms. I’m not sure how to wrap the legs. I hope there are directions!
The package is heavy and the arm wraps seemed to be very well made but I only looked at them for a second.
Unfortunately, yesterday was biceps. I’ll have to google if they are good for triceps as well.
Super Saiyan says use occlusion training on arms they use machine curl biceps and rope push down triceps at the end of the workout every 4-6 weeks they say this isn’t something you want to do every workout.
They are using a Mark Bell slingshot band. I believe this one
Which is not a good idea! It is not designed for that! You cannot adjust the bands to make sure the blood traveling into the muscle is still going on and the blood leaving is slowed down.
Don’t use products the way they aren’t intended! And if they are not in good shape, throw them out! I have seen too many people get hurt from ripped lifting straps because they keep them too long! If they start to rip throw them out!
The same goes for these bands! They are designed to be the thickness they are if they start to rip, they are no longer that wide and can cause injury!
These bands are no joke! You have to know exactly what you are doing! Listen to the directions! If there’s pain or numb hands (pins and needles) it’s too tight! You are essentially putting a tourniquet on your arm!
Leaving it on too long, causing neurovascular damage and tissue death. Generally, permanent nerve, muscle and blood vessel damage can occur after about two hours. Placing it too far away from the wound, or on the wrong type of wound (i.e. wounds at a joint) Fabricating a tourniquet from an inappropriate material.
You don’t want your limbs amputated because you are an idiot! So pay close attention to the directions!
Once you learn what you are doing and aren’t a beginner in the gym:
This seems like a great way to help me build leg strength and muscles with my military knee injury! You are supposed to lift 30% of your one rep max until failure.
So, light weight, high reps = success! That’s a dream come true for anyone with a joint injury!
I can’t wait to try it!
**Update** January 10th 2018
I tried the bands on my arms last night and I’m not sure if I tightened them enough.
I did feel tightness in the muscle especially at the top by the band site. At the end of my workout, I did 4 sets of one arm machine curl and 4 sets of triceps press down. After removing the bands the muscle was still tight at the band site for 15 mins after.
Today my triceps are actually sore, so I believe they did help!
stay tuned for legs tomorrow! This I can’t wait for!
**Update** January 11th 2018
WOW! I just did 4 sets of 15 leg extensions with 70lbs and I feel like I did a full leg workout! Next time I will save it till my last exercise instead of my first! Lol
Ok back to working out!
in case you are wondering which numbers I used because the leg straps have easy to line up numbers, my quads are too big to line up the numbers. So it was 10 and blank Lol I was about 2-3″ away from the 1.
hmm ok new update same day! I gave my legs a 15 min break to return to normal and now I am lifting more than I have since I came back six weeks ago! Maybe the bands increased the blood flow in the quads after releasing it?