The eternal question is whether BFR is safe? The simple answer is Yes, particularly with Fit Cuffs®
We recommend to either use our algorithmic pressure at the Fit Cuffs Training App “Calculate Pressure” or a percentage (40-80%) of Limb Occlusion Pressure (LOP) which is term used to control the amount of blood flow that is restricted. LOP can be assessed by the Bluetooth Device, hand-held dopplers or by high quality pulse oximeters.
As a rule of thumb, when unaccustomed to BFR in combination with low-load resistance training, avoid going to failure and use the recommended protocol of 30x15x15x15 reps, at about 20-30% 1RM, with 30-45 s. inter-set rest for only one exercise. This is recommended to avoid unintended muscle damage for your first session of BFR, as gradual exposure to higher pressures (70-80% LOP) and the repeated bout effect is the key for both progression and safety.
When Fit Cuffs is utilized with the proper precautions and safety measures, it is highly effective at augmenting the physiological adaptations to low-load resistance and aerobic training in all populations regardless of age or training status.
Though, there are rare cases where one should not use BFR i.e. absolute contraindications, but in reality, most contraindications are relative, that is why the accumulated amount of frailty for a person is vital.
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