Do those floss bands for mus­cles re­ally work?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - ASK MH -

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.

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