Blood Flow Restriction and Cycling continued


We previously addressed the application of BFR training and low intensity intervals on the bike. What happens when we keep the intensity low and perform steady state exercise? This second paper in our series by Abe et al, demonstrated improvements in VO2, time to exhaustion, and muscle volume with low intensity BFR cycling compared to a work-matched control. Read the details of the study below to learn how PBFR coupled with low intensity cycling can be applied clinically.

Effects of low-intensity cycle training


With restricted leg blood flow on thigh muscle volume and VO2max in young men.

This study aimed to assess improvements in VO2 Max, muscle size, and strength via low-intensity with or without vascular occlusion. The subjects were randomized into two groups, a BFR and a free-flow control group.

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