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Blood Flow Restriction Resistance Training: Potential Benefits of Choking the Muscles

Koziris, Lymperis (Perry) PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Section Editor(s): Koziris, Perry PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 62–63
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000058
Research Digest

ABSTRACT: BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION CAN BE USED IN RESISTANCE EXERCISE TO AUGMENT PHYSIOLOGICAL CHALLENGES AND STIMULATE ADAPTATIONS WHEN HEAVY LOADS ARE CONTRAINDICATED. FEMALE ATHLETES USING ONLY 20% 1 REPETITION MAXIMUM SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED THEIR MUSCULAR ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, HYPERTROPHY, AND MOTONEURON RECRUITMENT EFFICIENCY, WHEN TRAINING WAS COUPLED WITH LOCAL OCCLUSION OR EVEN WITH BREATHING HYPOXIC AIR.

Institut National du Sport du Québec, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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COLUMN EDITOR: Perry Koziris, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Lymperis (Perry) Koziris is an exercise physiologist at the Institut National du Sport du Québec.

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