Dr. Jeremy Loenneke On Blood Flow Restriction Applied to Muscle Size, Strength and Recovery

If working out and optimizing your workout routine is an important part of your life, then today’s episode about the science of blood flow restriction may offer some fascinating insights and inspiration for you. My guest Dr. Jeremy Loenneke is one of the leading researchers on practical blood flow restriction training, also known as BFR, or occlusion training. Jeremy is going to share his knowledge about the benefits of blood flow restriction, how to apply it during training and the effects on size, strength and recovery of muscles.

Jeremy Loenneke has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, a Master’s in nutrition and exercise.

He is currently the director of the Kevser Ermin Applied Physiology Laboratory and his research group’s primary focus is on skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise with and without the application of blood flow restriction. Jeremy is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Physiological Society.

In this episode with Jeremy Loenneke, you’ll discover:

-Jeremy’s path to bodybuilding…02:30

-An overview of blood flow restriction (BFR) from the Godfather himself…03:45

-The physiology of blood flow restriction…04:50

-The history of BFR to the present day practice…06:30

-Safety tips for BFR…08:30

-There is a growing body of evidence that BFR could be a good modality for recovery…11:30

-The initial seed of fascination for Jeremy that led to his doctoral studies in the field…12:30

-The importance of muscular health for longevity…14:20

-Fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers defined…16:20

-Strength vs. hypertrophy…17:35

-Great muscular strength is often related to muscle size, but not always…19:05

-Practical tips to integrate BFR into your workout…20:35

-Differences in BFR training for athletes vs. the layperson…26:00

-An expert’s take on the 5 year projection for BFR training…27:20

-Jeremy’s hopes for BFR testing he could do in his lab…29:20

-Exercise and training are practices which impacted Jeremy’s life in unexpected and circuitous ways…31:00

Resources mentioned:

Kevser Ermin Applied Physiology Laboratory

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