I havent posted that much lately due to major time constraints, but i figured I'd start this thread with a bunch of random tips and facts that i've learnt/come accross. It will include little tricks using science that will help you achieve your physique goals faster and more efficiently!
This will NOT be a Q & A thread, like CWU's and Tim's threads are, so please refrain from asking general questions, and post whoring. If you have general questions, starting a topic about it in the training or nutrition forum would be the best.
With that said, here's the first tip
1. At some point in our lives, im sure most of us have somehow purposely cut off blood flow to an area to make it look bigger and more vascular (ie. tassels around the biceps like the Ultimate Warrior,squeezing your forearm, etc. But..... recent research shows that actually training with this restricted blood flow actually increases the hypertrophic response to exercise!!
We all know that exercises that have a high load (squats and deadlifts) promote muscle growth, while isolation exercises pretty much suck, in comparison. But, a study found that just plain WALKING, 1 KM/day for 3 weeks, caused significant thigh hypertrophy with a restricted blood flow condition (Kaatsu walking, google it). This is just one of a few new studies that have came out demonstrating the increased muscle growth with restricted blood flow.
The exact molecular mechanisms involved arent fully established, and i wont bore you with what is theorized, but it definately works. But the take home point is that maybe at the end of a workout for a body part such as arms, forearms, or legs, restricting the blood flow should definately cause more muscle growth.
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