When we think about fitness products paired with smartphone apps, the first thought that comes to mind is if this product will pair properly with the app on the smartphone. Thankfully, I can confidently say that SAGA fitness has done an excellent job designing its smart Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) cuffs.
If you’re preparing for competitions like the Crossfit Open, martial art tournaments, or would like to gain an edge in your training, this product is a must-try.
Let’s discuss the different components of this product and how it helped me improve my training efficiency.
Excellent Quality and User Feedback
The cuffs themselves are made of high-quality material. You can feel it as soon as you put it on your arms or legs.
The cuff inflates to match the settings you enter into the app, and you can hear it.
From a user experience point of view, it's a great way to give the user feedback that the cuffs adapt to the athlete’s desired settings. I mean, the fact that you can feel the cuffs tighten around your limbs is one thing, but how else would you be able to tell if it has stopped inflating?
I tried using the cuffs while working on my pull-ups and bar muscle-ups. The results were phenomenal. I was able to increase my reps after ten days of training. However, please keep in mind that you should research BFR training before using them.
The app will give you recommendations by their suggested settings, but I’m sure you can agree that we should try to make every training session count. You should also check out the infographic below from Brad Schoenfeld, author of Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy. Great summary of what BFR can and can't do for you (click image to go to source).
Easy-to-use App and an Intuitive User Interface
Designing an application takes a good amount of work.
But designing an intuitive and easy-to-use application takes work and attention to detail.
The design of the user interface is plain and minimalistic. This design allows the athlete/exerciser to accomplish tasks on the app intuitively.
When I received the shipment package, it came with only the cuffs, USB charger, and Erin's note, the General Manager of SAGA fitness. There were no instructions.
However, please don’t let this deter you from ordering the product.
It shows just how easy and intuitive the whole product is.
It was a seamless process to download the app, set up a profile, and finally, use the cuffs in training. Having an instruction manual would not make it any easier.
If You Love Pushing Boundaries
This is a product I would recommend for serious exercisers and athletes.
If you love pushing the boundaries of your limits, you will most likely enjoy this product as much as I do.
Picture this; I went from doing one bar muscle up to doing five in a row in a matter of 10 days.
But, I am by no means saying that this is guaranteed to happen for everyone who decides to purchase a set of BFR cuffs from the SAGA fitness website.
What I will say is that you will see noticeable results if you train consistently, educate yourself on BFR training, and finally, introduce these BFR cuffs to your training.
After all, I’m sure we can all agree that a weapon or device is only as good as the individual who wields it.