On my mind #5 – occlusion training, marketing and patience

I share my “On My Mind” posts every Friday. It features a collection of ideas from books I’ve read, tools I’m using, articles I’ve written or read – really anything I dig up that’ll help you maximize your performance and your health.

What’s new in the gym

I’ve long experimented with occlusion training, opting for cheap medical tourniquets. While the price is right, they don’t offer the ability to tune pressures as is likely required to complete the technique safely across a variety of individuals.

After reading a recent post on blood-flow restriction tools by Zach Long DPT, I found that I can achieve the standardization I crave without breaking the bank (roughly $75.00 USD). The Occlusion Cuff offers the ability to standardize pressure like you’ll find in the literature, greatly increasing the safety of the technique.

The Occlusion Cuff

Does occlusion training mean more muscle?

In this post from the archives I question how most are marketing the benefits of occlusion training. While many focus on the comparable muscle growth between low-intensity occluded training to high intensity, this isn’t that surprising since numerous studies have shown comparable training across training intensities. Read this post to find out what happens when occluded training is compared to low-intensity training to failure, it may just change your perspective on the utility of occluded training for muscle hypertrophy.

Apps I’m using

Since my early days using dual monitors, I’ve come to love the productivity gain of a huge monitor and the ability to have more than one window open and visible at the same time.

Being able to rapidly position windows while just tapping a few keys is huge part of my workflow, accomplished with the Mac app Spectacle.

Best thing – it’s free, although they do ask for a donation if you find it useful.

What I’m tweeting: Market positioning vs proficiency

I had a different start to physio school, having studied exercise and worked in the industry for almost 12 years before, which gives me a unique position when it comes to the current “fight” over the provision of exercise within the health system.

It’s no surprise to me that professions are jockeying for market position over one of the most potent treatments for the plethora of chronic diseases we now face. My main concern is that many are focused more on market positioning than actual proficiency in the provision of exercise across various populations.

I’ve had the advantage of working with a collection of individuals that I consider to be true experts in the fields of physiotherapy and exercise science. I don’t think any of them have even stopped to consider their status as experts in the field, let alone label themselves as such.

What I’m watching

Patience is a virtue, and something I struggle with. Watching this clip from Gary Vaynerchuk keeps things in perspective for me.

That’s it for this post, have a great weekend everyone!


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