Do armbands affect weight training?

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    As the title says, I was wondering if wearing one of those iPod armbands affects strength or mass gains in the arm it's wrapped around? I would think that the band would impede blood circulation in the arm, but I can't exactly predict the consequences of decreased circulation. Any thoughts, ideas, or links on the subject?
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:33 AM GMT
    I don't believe they are tight enough to disrupt circulation.
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
    jeffy87 saidAs the title says, I was wondering if wearing one of those iPod armbands affects strength or mass gains in the arm it's wrapped around? I would think that the band would impede blood circulation in the arm, but I can't exactly predict the consequences of decreased circulation. Any thoughts, ideas, or links on the subject?


    I've seen several guys where the spot where they wore the band was smaller, from the compression.

    My arms are to big for them, anyway, and I have to use knee braces, if I'm going to do anything on my arms.

    The arm band definitely can impede growth on those guys that are serious lifters.

    Logan noticed that his arm was balanced one day. The cause...the dumb arm band. He quit using it and he's balanced now.
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    Jun 23, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    Jeffy87,

    I am a Athletic Training student at the University of Michigan. Blood is carried to the bicep and tricep muscles through the brachial arterial (artery), which is located deep within the brachio (arm). Your iPod armband will NOT disrupt blood flow or effect muscle gains in these muscles (unless you NEVER take the armband off). The armband may cause superficial vasoconstriction due to the pressure of the armband (constriction of arterials near the surface of the dermis(skin)) but because of the short period of time the armband is in contact with the skin, it shouldn't cause any long term damage.

    I hope this helps but if you have any additional questions feel free to contact me directly or email me to advise that you have posted a question and I will respond again here.

    Have a great day!


    Rick
    (RET101)
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    This is one of those case where theory versus results comes up with two different things.

    In several cases with asymmetry I've seen the armband thing.

    Believe it, or not.