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Strength Chat #27: Dr. Mario Novo

**NOTE – Kabuki Strength Lab will be hosting a BFR seminar by Owens Recovery Science on July 29th!

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

We’re thrilled about this week’s episode, as it’s by far one of the most technical and nerdy ones we’ve done so far! This week’s guest is none other than Dr. Mario Novo, DPT, PT, BFR-R, Cert-DN. He is a results-driven sport orthopedic physical therapist, clinical educator, and university professor who specializes in strength/conditioning and blood flow restriction rehabilitation (BFR-R).

In this episode of Strength Chat we discuss in detail the intricacies of BFR training and it’s application to strength sports and athletes in general. If you’ve wanted to understand more about this topic or just get a technical, yet easy-to-understand introduction to BFR – this is the episode you need to listen to!

  • Introduction and background of the guest [00:45]
  • Mario shares how he started off in the physical therapy profession [01:50]
  • Tendency of current PT’s to stick to an antiquated training model [04:34]
  • Training and dealing with injuries which result in acute pain during muscle contraction [05:50]
  • Understanding blood flow restrictions and using it in performance training [08:17]
  • Mario shares how the concepts of BFR were initially adopted at the Centre of intrepid [10:26]
  • Discussing how BFR is vastly different from a simple knee wrap and results in continued arterial flow and helps recover [15:09]
  • Mario shares how discovering the benefits of using tourniquet ultimately formed the basis for BFR [19:13]
  • Analyzing the results of hypoxic training [23:19]
  • Encouraging results of early studies which spiked the interest of muscle physiologists [24:27]
  • Discussing the muscle contractions which results in a byproduct of Lactic acid and ultimately results in recovery [25:34]
  • Discussing how Mendelian theories resulted in understanding the concepts of protein synthesis [26:57]
  • Find out how muscle contraction leads to the activation of Insulin Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1) which ultimately leads to recovery [28:13]
  • Should BFR be used on off days? [31:45]
  • Mario shares how BFR training works wonders for endurance athletes in recovery mode [34:07]
  • Analyzing results of implementing BFR training in strength and power training [34:34]
  • Mark explains the Central fatigue theory and attempts to analyze why BFR works so well [36:19]
  • Discussing the Backflow theory to understanding BFR training [38:18]
  • We discuss the effect where whole blood lactate results in tissue regeneration and and collagen synthesis [39:31]
  • Is it a good idea to opt for a pre workout collagen injection? [41:32]
  • Find out why, according to contrary belief, taking protein after a workout is not beneficial [42:05]
  • Should you consider using a knee wrap around your leg? [43:07]
  • Mark shares details about his certification course [45:44]
  • Sharing instances of BFR training working for individuals who are in rehab [47:12]
  • Discussing how the formation of lactate acid prevents scarring [48:18]
  • Learn about the effects of Myostatin [48:54]
  • Top BFR prescriptions for recovery and power [50:55]
  • Mark shares results of a study carried out on a para military group which highlights the benefits of BFR training [54:37]
  • Are there any risks associate with using BFR training? [55:47]
  • Learn the low effects of BFR training on blood pressure is such a big benefit [56:11]
  • Mark shares his contact details [58:23]
  • Get a free e-book by signing up on Mark’s website [59:33]