There was a day not so long ago when we didn’t know we need protein to fuel muscle growth. Popeye thought spinach would work. We didn’t know that progressive overload followed by adequate recovery is the best conventional lifting protocol for muscle growth. Today, every gymgoer who seeks a better physique knows protein, progressive overload and adequate recovery are the three cornerstones of an effective gym programme.
The time has come to add the fourth cornerstone – occlusion training. Why? Because years of scientific research tell us that it is the only legal shortcut to bigger muscles. Because if you don’t practice occlusion training, you’re not maximizing your potential. Because you don’t want to be left behind.
What’s the difference between occlusion and Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training? There is none. They mean exactly the same thing.
Occlusion means obstructing or blocking the flow of something. Occlusion training is training while partially blocking blood flow out of the muscle, without blocking blood flow into the muscle. Visualise it. Water flows into the sink faster than it drains out. Water pools in the sink. The same thing happens in the muscle. Blood pools in the muscle and you get pumped. In fact, you get pumped like never before.
Occlusion Training Benefits
Now comes the science. You don’t need to remember this part, so feel free to skip to the next paragraph if you’re not the academic type. All you need to know is that it works and you’re missing out. Blood pooling in the muscle creates a hypoxic (low oxygen) environment in the muscle. That fools your body into thinking the muscle is working harder than it really is. Your body starts overproducing hormones and other metabolites that accelerate muscle repair and growth. Your body also recruits more muscle fibres faster and puts them to work.
As a result, you get bigger and stronger faster. You recover from your workout faster. Your muscular and cardiovascular endurance improve faster. Don’t believe us? See what the experts say or read the science for yourself.