Blood Flow Restriction – Proximal Gains? – Part 8/?

May 5, 2023 0 By fitcuffs

In-display we got a bunch of short clips 9-10 weeks post hip arthroplasty.

The previous conventional split squats have progressed into some Bulgarian split squats and the wall squat exchanged for the hack squat.

As his rehab is still progressing fast, he experiences almost no restrictions in his very active daily life, and probably the most important parameter is his FTP set for spinning is sky-high by now.😉

Behind the curtains and when the camera is turned off, that is what you don’t see in this series is the utilization of conventional resistance training.

These exercises are primarily hip-specific exercises such as standing cable hip abductions, machine hip adduction, and the one-leg standing hip extension.

Currently, there is very little research on proximal-only exercises, so we spare Alex the struggle of doing BFR with these.

Thus, as mentioned in a previous post (March 16, 2023) trible extension exercises are of high prtiority and it seems that low-load multi-joint exercises can be augmented with BFR. But the jurisdiction and data on proximal exercises are very limited. Though, in the literature, it seems that the shoulder complex can benefit from proximal-only BFR exercises via different raises and rotational exercises.

On SoMe, the straight leg raise is often used post-knee surgery, and the rationale for fatiguing the multi-joint rectus femoris is obvious. Maybe even augmenting the deep hip flexors, but is it really more effective VS conventional training?

Please let me know your thoughts on proximal joint exercises and BFR, is there any merit in doing this?


Pavlou et al. (2023) The effects of upper body blood flow restriction training on muscles located proximal to the applied occlusive pressure- A systematic review with meta-analysis

Bowman et al. (2019) Proximal, Distal, and Contralateral Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training on the Lower Extremities: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Lambert et al. (2021) Blood Flow Restriction Training for the Shoulder – A Case for Proximal Benefit
Lambert et al. (2019) – Blood Flow Restriction for Strengthening of the Rotator Cuff and Injury Prevention
Lambert et al. (2023) Rotator cuff training with upper extremity blood flow restriction produces favorable adaptations in Division IA collegiate pitchers: a randomized trial
Zachary et al. (2017) The Effect of Practical Blood Flow Restriction Training on Body Composition and Muscular Strength in College-Aged Individuals
Yasuda et al. (2010) Effects of low-intensity bench press training with restricted arm muscle blood flow on chest muscle
Yamanaka et al. (2012) Occlusion training increases muscular strength in division IA football players.

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