Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing. Have downloaded and saved these sources for full digestion. And yes, BFR certainly sounds weird (at first) … but then again, so does keto
About 6 months ago I’d switched from my long-standing habit (25+ yrs) of running 2 miles daily (treadmill) to instead simply doing 10 minutes of elliptical machine on alternate days (i.e., 3x) weekly that included HIIT cardio (included within that 10 min window: three 20 second full-out bursts, which increases my heart rate to about 90-95% of my supposed max).
It saves me so much time with seemingly same results (unclear if this is objective or subjective?). All I know is that, as a geezer in my early 60s, I’ve never felt more strength and energy, so it’s clearly all working well together.
But more on point of this thread: Along with this switchover to HIIT cardio, I’d also embarked on a regular bodyweight regimen. Alternating each day: upper, lower, core (rinse/repeat). Saw meaningful change in muscle tone, all the while losing 20 lbs (which also had a lot to do with keto).
And now - most recently - I’ve stumbled across BBS and related books. I’ve also geeked out on the supporting journal article sources. Based on this info, I’ve begun transforming my daily bodyweight cycle into a more “fatigue-oriented” approach - cognizant of the benefits of muscle inroading - while still applying a separate day for each upper, lower and core routine for different days…
… But now I’m beginning to wonder how important it really is to allow for several days of NO exercise (whatsoever) to promote a whole-body system recovery.
For example, having exhausted the leg muscles to meaningful fatigue, does working on the arms (or core) the following day, or even 2 days later, really get in the way of full repair/recovery of those legs from yesterday or the day before? If so, is this the case when starting out on BBS-style workouts, or does the risk of over-training creep in after the newbie stage has been completed?
A lot to learn here - especially being new to much of this stuff. I was just a runner for decades. Did occasional lifting at home, but never with a serious focus before. So I’m experimenting as I go.
And so, BFR sounds fascinating - but more like something to stash away on the back burner until I get some of the basics figured out