About this project
The BfR Pro ARMS is a simple addition to your sports kit that straps onto your arm during your workout to restrict the blood flow. With the right pressure you can train faster and get enhanced results – fewer kilos needed, just more reps – and still develop the muscle definition you’re aiming for.
Each BfR Pro ARMS has single-hand fitting and release with anti-slip stripes for easier fitting and adjustment to the right pressure.
How the BfR Pro ARMS benefits you
The story so far
We’ve spent a year testing different prototypes, different materials and different suppliers to get the formula right.
It looks really simple – but don’t be fooled by that! The choice of elastic and the production techniques not only ensure a durable product, but one that works efficiently – and safely – using blood flow restriction (occlusion) to improve the outcome of your workouts, with less effort.
It’s not rocket science – far from it – that is the point! But it gets the job done – this is what some of our team of product testers say.
How to use the BfR Pro ARMS
The science behind BFR trainingThe concept of BFR training or occlusion training is not new, it was first discovered in Japan back in the 1960s by a man named Yoshiaki Sato, who later became the inventor of the KAATSU training principle. Often BFR, occlusion, and KAATSU training methods are used interchangeably to describe this form of training, but there are some variations.
The concept is that by restricting part of the blood flow from your extremity like your arm or leg, it will cause a pooling of blood to occur in your muscles along with increased levels of lactic acid forcing your muscle cells to grow and triggers a state of hypertrophy (muscle growth) by increasing the level of growth hormone from your brain.
The muscles react to the decrease in oxygen level caused by the restricted blood flow forcing them to work harder and fatiguing the fast twitch (Type II) muscle fibres, which are the ones with the highest growth potential compared to the slow twitch (Type I).
The best part is that you should only do your sets using between 20-50% of your 1RM (i.e. 20-50% of what you can lift one time only) in weights.
How to perform BFR training?
To perform practical BFR training the pressure applied by your BfR Pro ARMS will need to be adjusted. We recommend following these tips based on up-to-date scientific research.
The alternative to the BfR Pro ARMS is to use air pressure controlled equipment such as the patented KAATSU machinery. However, this very expensive equipment is not easily accessible or affordable for most people.
The story of BfR Professional
BfR Professional was founded by Martin and Lars. They have been working hard on this project with a shared passion for fitness and keeping in shape; you’ll find them in the gym most days.
They have experienced first-hand how tough it is to keep lifting heavy weights in order to get the best results from training. The heavyweight approach takes a toll not only on your body, but also on your motivation to stick to your training regime.
One day Martin found an article online describing this new and innovative form of training called BFR or occlusion training, which he then wanted to try out with Lars. However, they couldn’t find any equipment that was available to perform BFR training.
That was when the lightbulb went on! They could not be the only people who wanted to use this kind of training, so they decided to create the product to fulfil that need.
Now the research and testing has been done it’s time to get it off the launch pad – and that’s where you can help.
Find your size
The BfR Pro ARMS is only the first step. The support from the Kickstarter community will enable us to deliver on our promised deliveries in the beginning of 2017, but also boost our development of a product specifically designed for performing BFR training on your whole leg.
We’re aiming to build a whole product range within the niche of BFR/occlusion training gear, so people from around the world can train faster and more efficiently and improve their physique.
Questions we’re asked
Does BFR training only work on the restricted area (locally) or can it have indirect effects on the rest of your body?
BFR training has a significant and direct effect on the restricted area, i.e. arm or leg. However, when strapping the BfR Pro ARMS around your arm and doing a chest or back workout, it will help fatigue your triceps and biceps quicker, which means that your primary target muscle groups in that workout (chest and back) will take over and become even more stimulated. In other words, it can assist you in working out the actual target muscle more effectively and thereby having an indirect effect on muscle growth and strength building.
Is performing blood flow restriction (BFR) dangerous?
As with any form of physical activity and supplement consumption you should consult your own doctor, if you are in doubt whether or not this is appropriate for you. Read more below under ‘Guidance’ about this matter.
Numerous academic studies over a long period of time have found BFR training to be beneficial for muscle and strength building for athletes of all kinds (amateurs and pros). The decrease in kilos necessary for maximum output allows many to improve their physical shape, despite smaller injuries or other weaknesses.
Risks and challenges
Our main priorities are quality products and happy customers and, while we don’t claim to be perfect, we are dedicated and persistent. If something isn’t working, we’ll work on it until it is.
Based on our personal product development and testing of our product over the past year, we are confident that we can deliver on our promise.
Based on this, we have estimated what we believe to be a realistic time frame for delivering on the products and quantities described for each rewards.
The product is simple to use, but is in fact not that simple to produce. However, we have quality control setup both on-site in the factory and at our end to ensure the highest quality possible is achieved before shipping the products to our backers primarily – and then the worldwide market.
We have three main areas of focus:
1. Communication - we undertake to keep you, our backers, updated throughout the campaign. This will include information on the progress of Kickstarter campaign and production and this will be posted on Kickstarter and via our social media channels. This transparency will keep our backers involved at all times.
2. Guidance – we want to help to bring awareness of the use of blood flow restriction (BFR)/occlusion training and how to perform this training method effectively as a complementary method to traditional training.
Many people have asked us about any side-effects and dangers of this training method. Our answers are based on up-to-date scientific research within the field, where many well-respected professors and PhDs have now carried out extensive research. The outcomes of their studies supports the beneficial effects of BFR training. However, people who have experienced heart diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, severe aortic stenosis, and hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and also people with a history of stroke or other blood coagulation problems and hypertension should not engage in performing BFR training without consulting a doctor.
The use of any products from BfR Professional is at the risk of the user and no responsibility is taken by BfR Professional for any injuries or harm caused directly or indirectly from this use. Only use the product as instructed in the user manual on extremities being your arm or leg and within the time frame outlined of maximum 15-20 minutes of continuous applied pressure.
3. Foreign production – the use of foreign production can create challenges. However, we have visited our foreign production partner, who has specialized in working with international customers and we are confident that this company can deliver on our promised delivery deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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