In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen talks with me about blood flow restriction (BFR) and its practical application for sports, rehabilitation and health conditions. BFR training has broad effects–and benefits– across your biology.
“In 20 minutes, you can get more or less a full body workout and that’s all you need on a daily basis,” he says. “It’s not just about building big muscles, it’s about essentially upgrading all the systems that are involved in exercise.”
Dr. Jim is co-founder and chief medical officer of B Strong, the founder of the S-G Performance Medicine Center, and the Sports Science Advisor for the US Ski and Snowboard Association.
As a physician, researcher and professor, he’s treated thousands of patients and authored thousands of articles over a career spanning more than 40 years. He has extensive experience in the area of sports physiology and has worked with Olympic athletes in various disciplines.
“The lessons that are learned from elite sport can be translated into helping the everyday population live healthier and better lives,” he says.
We go all in on his study and research of altitude training, local and systemic hypoxia, growth hormones, and metabolic crisis–and what all of this has to do with BFR.
Considered a world-renowned expert in blood flow restriction training, Dr. Jim believes that BFR will revolutionize training and rehabilitation everywhere. Listen on to find out how.
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Follow Along with the Transcript
- Jim’s journey to blood flow restriction training – 3:50
- Dave asks what was learned in that training and how has your view of altitude changed over the decades? 07:20
- What is the correlation between going slow at high altitudes that can help race performance? 10:00
- The affects of blood doping 11:45
- Living high for 3-4 weeks is an effective way of increasing your red cell mass which helps your sea level performance increase 13:14
- Is there a more accessible way to get these benefits without having to go to high altitudes? 17:00
- Lessons learned from elite sports can be translated into helping the everyday population live healthier lives 23:29
- Blood flow restriction training explained 26:35
- Why is there a physiological change with BLR but not from general hypoxia when used for the same amount of time? 33:30
- An injury can heal twice as fast 36:00
- Study being done with patients suffering from loss of muscle and how BFR can be beneficial before surgery 39:00
- How does the BLR compare for cardiovascular fitness vs. healing and muscle gain? 45:00
- Defining VEGF and HIF-1 alpha 46:30
- Is there any data on people using BFR to help with chronic fatigue or Lyme disease? 48:25
- What does the B Strong system do for the endothelium? 52:00
- What is the possible average life expectancy? 59:40
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