Do those floss bands for muscles really work?
THABO, SOWETO The tourniquet look may raise eyebrows at the gym; but you should squeeze your limbs and open your mind, Thabo, because they could very well work. The concept is blood flow restriction: wearing the bands during a workout causes blood to pool in the muscle, which leads to the build-up of metabolic compounds that may help boost muscle growth. Moreover, with bands you can use lighter loads to achieve the same results, says Dr Brad Schoenfeld, author of Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy. Tie the band off at the joint above the muscle. For arms, tie it beneath your deltoid; for legs, close to your groin.