The new design means that you can select the correct length cuff for you.
Cuff Lengths (Sizes):
- Small = 43cm or less
- Medium = 74cm
- Long = 84cm
- Extra Long = 104cm
All cuff widths = 10cm
Anatomical positions to measure limb circumference for cuff sizing:
- Thigh = top 1/3,
- Arm = mid position around bicep and
- Calf = greatest circumference around gastrocnemius
For one limb purchase the cuff and pump combo. Purchase another cuff to train two limbs simultaneously.
A new instructional video will be coming soon.
There are many variations to calculate pressure. I set my pressures at 50% of arterial occlusion and found this to be a more accurate method that is specific to the user. This is based upon calculating a theoretical arterial occlusion pressure. All you need is to be able to take blood pressure (I used an automated BP monitor) and a small tape measure. I have an easy to use excel spreadsheet for you to download to use and calculate your own pressure. Download here: BFR Cuff Pressure Calculations
If you want to research (eg Google Scholar) articles on this type of training, use the following search terms:
Ischemic, tourniquet, KAATSU, Strength, training
Download User Guide here.
Burgomaster KA et al. Resistance training with vascular occlusion: metabolic adaptations in human muscle. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2003: 35: 1203–1208.
Abe T et al. Skeletal muscle size and circulating IGF-1 are increased after two weeks of twice daily Kaatsu resistance training. Int J Kaatsu Training Res 2005a: 1: 7–14.
Kubo K et al. Effects of low-load resistance training with vascular occlusion on the mechanical properties of muscle and tendon. J Appl Biomech 2006: 22: 112–119
Yasuda T et al. Muscle fiber cross-sectional area is increased after two weeks of twice daily KAATSU-resistance training. Int J Kaatsu Training Res 2005: 1:65–70.
Wernbom M. et al. Ischemic strength training: a low-load alternative to heavy resistance exercise? Scand J Med Sci Sports 2008: 18: 401–416