Specializing in performance enhancement and physical therapy, Nick is an adjunct professor of Kinesiology and Strength and Conditioning at Concordia University and Lehman College.
Outside of teaching, Nick is the co-founder and owner of the BFR Pros, one of the world’s top BFR Course providers. Through his work, Nick has become one of the foremost authorities on Blood Flow Restriction and runs BFR training workshops worldwide.
The BFR Pros’ mission is to make the world a better place by helping people get back to the activities they love as quickly as possible and experience the joy of pain-free movement™.
The Importance of Strength and Muscle Mass Strength and muscle mass are extremely important to longevity and sports performance. Studies have shown that the amount of fat-free mass (which includes your muscles as well as other non-fat structures like bone) is a predictor of all-cause morbidity (disease) and mortality (death!). Increasing and/or maintaining a high level of muscle tissue is beneficial for overall health. Higher levels of muscle mass also closely correlate to higher levels of strength and athletic performance, highlighting the importance of muscle mass for both health and performance purposes.
Traditional resistance-training guidelines for gaining strength and muscle mass involve lifting weights greater than 70% of the 1-rep maximum. For example, if an individual’s maximum bench press is 100 lbs, in order to improve strength and muscle mass of the arms and chest, these guidelines would suggest lifting at 70 lbs or greater during workouts.
Blood Flow Restriction Training Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a new therapy tool that has been proven safe and beneficial for optimizing muscle mass and strength. BFR involves the application of a cuff-like tourniquet placed over the closest part of the arm or leg