Monday, December 28, 2015

KAATSU ... After My Knee Popped

"My knee popped," recalled Josh Saunders, then a Goal Keeper with US MLS team, Real Salt Lake. "When I came down, I knew the injury was bad, but I had no idea what was to come." Saunders fears were confirmed - a torn left ACL, a bad, common football injury. However, Saunders injury became more than the typical case - it became life threatening. Two weeks after surgery, Saunders not only contracted a serious bone infection, caused by the bacterium streptococcus, but also a candida fungus.

"It was no longer about my return to football," Saunders said. "It was about surviving."

Now, the New York City FC goalkeeper says he is lucky to be alive and to still have his leg. Saunders credits his complete recovery to US Olympic Ski Team doctor and Sport Scientist, Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, and his cutting edge recovery, fitness, and strength protocols - the Anti Gravity Treadmill and KAATSU Blood Flow Moderation Training.

Saunders was looking for anything to get him back in the goal. He had lost significant weight, and more importantly, muscle mass. Saunders met Dr. Stray-Gundersen who elevated his fitness and built his strength with KAATSU, very quickly.

"I had never heard of KAATSU or BFM Training before, but Stray-Gundersen showed me results from his top skiers, and I was all for it. He applied 30 minute KAATSU sessions, 5 days per week and in a matter of a few sessions, I had significant increases in strength, and my quad size increased," said Saunders. "I got that same fatigue feeling in my muscles, with no heavy weights. It was amazing."

KAATSU was invented by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato in 1966. He experimented for 7 years before he formalised his protocols and built up a following. He was recognized by the Japanese Olympic Committee in 1992 and has since started to work with the Chinese.

But Dr. Sato does not speak English and never traveled overseas so KAATSU remained hidden within Japan.

"I heard about KAATSU from Harvard researchers who had visited Japan," recalls Dr. Stray-Gundersen. "But we never looked into KAATSU until one of our medalists went down with a severe injury a month before the 20114 Olympics.

We rehabilitated him using KAATSU exclusively, and he raced in 28 days, and we became believers,
" emphasized Stray-Gundersen.

MLS Defender, Kuami Watson-Siriboe, another ACL tear victim, started the same KAATSU program. The effects were shockingly immediate. "I quickly recovered doing KAATSU 3-point exercises and the KAATSU Cycle," says Watson-Siriboe.

"In all applications, we always assess capillary refill and responses throughout recovery - same as Dr. Sato has done since the 1970s," said Dr. Stray-Gundersen.

"The KAATSU equipment allows me to identify the optimal pressure each time which is critical in safety and effectiveness as we fill normally unused capillaries and engage more muscle fibers - we want to achieve the 'fatigue' in the muscle so that the physiological cascade to provide GH, occurs. Simply put, you cannot get beneficial results, if you do not use proper protocols, equipment, and safety checks required with blood flow moderation training used with KAATSU. As always, the athlete safety and recovery is our first concern and KAATSU researched system sets the standard," said Dr. Stray-Gundersen.

Saunders said, "I couldn't believe the results at first, but I had faith in Dr. Stray-Gundersen and KAATSU, and I just wanted to get back on track and as fast as the skiers did. I am now stronger, faster and quicker than I was before my injury."

That he did - Josh Saunders NYFC Player of the Month May 2015.

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Japanese Pro Golf Legend Teruo Sugihara

4 years ago today, Japanese golf professional Teruo Sugihara (Japanese: 杉原輝雄) sadly passed away at the age of 74. The KAATSU Specialist community and his family and friends remember Sugihara fondly as he was one of the first professional athletes in Japan to transform his career later in life.

Sugihara won 63 tournaments over the course of his career and played professionally even after his diagnosis of prostate cancer in 1997.

There were many valuable lessons in his career that he has shared with the younger generations of players.

In 2006, at age 68, he became the oldest player to make the cut in a top-tier Japanese tour event. His final appearance came at the 2010 Mizuno Open, the same year that he authored a book called KAATSU Golf together with KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato.

Sugihara-san used KAATSU to improve his health and his game. His book, KAATSU Golf, describes how he used KAATSU to:

* strengthen his upper body
* improve his swing
* enhance his mobility during his swing
* increase his grip strength
* improve his leg strength with squats and practice swings
* enhance his overall strength and club head speed

To purchase this DVD book in its original Japanese language, visit Amazon Japan here.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

KAATSU In The News - Outside Magazine























For the full article in Outside Magazine by Devon Jackson ( You Should Probably Try This Japanese Blood-Flow Routine. Footballers of both kinds have caught on. Here’s what you need to know.), click here.

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KAATSU In The News - Military Times























For the full article in the Military Times (Kaatsu training is blowing fitness researchers' minds) by Jon Anderson, click here.

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KAATSU In The News - Wall Street Journal Japan + WSJ Video























For the full article (Kaatsu Inventor Also Sees Healing Potential) that was published in the December 22nd 2015 issue, click here.

For a video story on KAATSU by Eleanor Warnock (Could the Kaatsu Workout Be the Most Efficient Exercise?), visit here.

In Spanish: El entrenamiento Kaatsu, ¿el mas eficiente de la historia?.

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KAATSU In The News - Wall Street Journal























For the full article (Can You Work Out Less, Get More Results? Kaatsu training is drawing more adherents with promises of more gain, less pain) by Eleanor Warnock and Rachel Backman that was published in the December 22nd 2015 issue, click here.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Simultaneously Doing KAATSU With Multiple Users




























Some KAATSU Specialists lead classes or groups of KAATSU users where they must simultaneously do KAATSU among multiple users.

This is how they do it:

1. Teach athletes to put on the KAATSU Air Bands: Teach athletes to properly put KAATSU Air Bands on their own arms and legs at their proper Base SKU. This enables their coach or trainer to quickly inflate the KAATSU Air Bands to each athletes’ Optimal SKU.

  2. Require athletes to know their proper Base SKU and Optimal SKU: athletes should always know their proper Base SKU and Optimal SKU, especially how it can fluctuate from day to day. This enables the coach to quickly check their Base SKU and to inflate to their Optimal SKU.

  3. Require athletes to always check their CRT: athletes must always follow and understand KAATSU safety protocols.

4. Use a KAATSU Master: with more than 10 athletes simultaneously doing KAATSU, the use of a KAATSU Master makes the coach’s work much easier (compared to using a KAATSU Nano) and doing KAATSU among multiple users becomes more efficient because inflation time is significantly reduced.

5. Encourage athletes to purchase their own KAATSU Air Bands: if the team or clinic or organization purchases a KAATSU Master or KAATSU Nano, the athletes can purchase and manage their own KAATSU Air Bands.

  6. If KAATSU Air Bands are shared among athletes: athletes can be separated into 2 groups: those who use the KAATSU Arm Bands and those who use the KAATSU Leg Bands. Therefore, one set of Air Bands are be used simultaneously by 2 athletes.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

The Radical Reconditioning Of Baby Boomers






























As 75.8 million American Baby Boomers either transition from the end of their careers or are in full or partial retirement, many of them have spent their most recent years raising children, financing college educations, paying for weddings, and culminating their careers. These pressures have played havoc with their fitness levels.

Previously over-stressed, overworked, and under-exercised, the Baby Boomers are now facing much more free time. But with their higher body fat percentages, lowered muscle mass, and lessened aerobic capacities, getting back into shape is not easy. A change of lifestyle and a change in mindset are required. But this is easier said than done.

KAATSU, a revolutionary form of blood flow moderation training developed in Japan, is used daily by hundreds of thousands of individuals over the age of 50 in Japan. "KAATSU can present an easy-to-implement catalyst for individuals over the age of 50 to return to their former selves," says Paul Grzymkowski, the former president of Gold's Gym Franchising and now an avid fan of KAATSU. "10,000 Baby Boomers in America will celebrate their 65th birthday every day for the next 2 decades (3,650,000 new Baby Boomers per year). This is a huge market for every fitness professional to consider."

A 65-year-old man or women sees the rest of their life much differently than they did at the age of 25 or 35. The quality of life is their focus, but it is at this time that their muscles have faded and various ailments have begun.

"We must recondition the 26% of the total U.S. population in innovative ways, using modalities that are self-sustaining and much more low-impact than what we used to do in our youth or even mid-age," added Grzymkowski. "Heavy barbells and dumbbells are not necessary ideal equipment to serve as a catalyst to whipping Baby Boomers into shape. Aerobics, spinning, and elliptical machines are also not for everyone. We have to look for something even more revolutionary."

Grzymkowski, a 67-year-old veteran of the fitness industry, has spent his lifetime around barbells, dumbbells, and spinning bikes. But he has substituted the iron of his youth for the pneumatic bands used by his counterparts in Japan. "I have not changed - I love feeling pumped when I exercise. When I feel my biceps bulge or my quads burn, it recalls my strength of former years. But I am doing this and changing my body shape without heavy weights. I am doing it with pneumatic bands and the KAATSU equipment that are used so effectively by senior citizens in Japan and elite athletes around the world. When I do use weights during my KAATSU workout I tend to use light dumbbells or weight plates of no more than 5-pounds."

KAATSU is a Japanese word that means 'additional pressure' in English.

KAATSU is done with pneumatic bands that are inflated to safe levels by a mobile electronic touch panel device. The bands are a proven means to safely modify the blood flow in the limbs during exercise. This modification leads to pooling of blood in the muscles that leads to significant human growth hormone secretion and a literal tricking of the brain into thinking the body into building muscle.

KAATSU athletes of all ages – from 14 to 104 - and abilities, including Olympians and professional athletes, perform simple exercises to generate a muscle pump: hand clenches and bicep curls with or without light weights or heel raises or leg curls while standing up.

Photos shows 66-year-old marathon swimmer and author Diana Nyad and 67-year-old Paul Grzymkowski working out with KAATSU.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 KAATSU International Symposium - Agenda and Speakers


































The first KAATSU International Symposium held outside of Japan will be conducted at the Joseph B Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massaschusetts on Thursday-Friday, November 5th and 6th.

The agenda and speakers are as follows:

KAATSU International Symposium - Day One, Thursday November 5th

9:00 am – Welcome by Peter T. Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

9:15 am – Opening Speech by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI, Inventor of KAATSU Training and Founder of KAATSU Japan Co., Ltd. and KAATSU International University of Sri Lanka
The History of and Inspiration behind KAATSU + Q&A

9:45 am – Keynote Speech by James Stray-Gundersen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, KAATSU Global, and Sports Science Director, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association
Vascular, Muscular and Autonomic Changes in Response to KAATSU + Q&A

10:30 am – Guest Lecture by Professor Toshiaki Nakajima, M.D., Heart Center, Dokkyo Medical University Hospital
KAATSU Medical Applications in Japan + Q&A

11:00 am – Presentation by Peter Lansbury, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
KAATSU Potential with Neurological Diseases + Q&A

11:30 am – Presentation via Skype by Robert Heiduk, Sports Scientist, Universität Bonn
KAATSU in Germany + Q&A

1:00 pm – Presentation by John Murray, formerly of Stanford University and Golden State Warriors and Murray Athletic Development
Practical Applications of KAATSU in a Physical Therapy Clinic + Q&A

1:30 pm – Presentation by Dr. Michael Kessler, D.C., C.C.S.P.
Assessing the Use of KAATSU to Improve Vascular Health + Q&A

2:00 pm – Presentation by Chris Morgan, 2008 Olympic Swim Coach, formerly of Stanford & Harvard
KAATSU Aqua for Age-group, Collegiate, Elite and Senior Swimmers + Q&A

2:30 pm – Presentation by Paul Grzymkowski, former president of Gold’s Gym International
Applications of KAATSU in Fitness Chains + Q&A

3:00 pm – KAATSU Specialist Training by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI and James Stray-Gundersen, M.D. with Susan Friedman
Key Points of KAATSU Training & Practical Applications of KAATSU in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Anti-Aging Wellness, and Sports Performance + Q&A

KAATSU International Symposium – Day Two, Friday November 6th

9:00 am – Welcome by Peter T. Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

9:15 am – KAATSU In Sports – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Steven Munatones, President, KAATSU Global
Panelist: Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI
Panelist: James Stray-Gundersen, M.D.
Panelist: Chris Morgan

10:00 am – KAATSU In Medicine – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Steven Munatones, President, KAATSU Global
Panelist: James Stray-Gundersen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, KAATSU Global
Panelist: Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI
Panelist: Professor Toshiaki Nakajima, M.D.

10:45 am – KAATSU In Therapy – Panel Discussion

Moderator: James Stray-Gundersen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, KAATSU Global
Panelist: Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI
Panelist: John Murray
Panelist: Dr. David Swensen, D.C., Chiropractic Physician, Melrose Family Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre

11:30 am – KAATSU Specialist Training by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, Ph.D., M.D., FNAI and James Stray-Gundersen, M.D. with Susan Friedman
Key Points of KAATSU Training & Practical Applications of KAATSU in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Anti-Aging Wellness, and Sports Performance + Q&A

1:30 pm – Presentation by Tom Lawrence, Esq.
KAATSU in High School Sports + Q&A

2:00 pm – Presentation by James Stray-Gundersen, M.D.
KAATSU with Baby Boomers + Q&A

2:30 pm – Presentation by Lyle Nalli, DPM, Davita HealthCare Partners
KAATSU Applications in Podiatry + Q&A

3:00 pm – Product Explanations by Richard Herstone, Chief Operations Officer
KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU Cycle, KAATSU Air Bands, KAATSU Aqua Bands + Q&A

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KAATSU At Medica Medicine & Sports Conference



























The primary objective of the 3rd MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE in Düsseldorf, Germany is to offer an interdisciplinary exchange between international sports medicine experts, professional athletes, and the sporting goods and healthcare industries.

KAATSU equipment and KAATSU protocols will be exhibited and explained in Messe Düsseldorf.

"We will have two locations present in Medica," explains Sean Whalen, the founder of AlterG and head of KAATSU's European operations. "We will exhibit the latest KAATSU gear together with our German partners Pullsh Active in the K-Active Europe booth in Medica's Main Hall 4, B29 between November 16th and 19th.

People can see demonstrations and learn about the latest developments and technology in the field of blood flow moderation training.

KAATSU has over 40 years of research and experience in this field, being the inventors of the technique 4 decades ago. Scientists, academics, coaches, physios and physicians can learn how to bring KAATSU to the market and their clients, athletes and customers. With hundreds of thousands of people per day using KAATSU, it is the only truly proven safe and effective implementation for this revolutionary technique
."

Additionally, Dr James Stray-Gundersen will present a detailed talk at the Congress Center South, Conference Room 2, Messe Dusseldorf called “Blood Flow Moderation Training in High-performance Sports Therapy and Recovery” on November 18th between 2:25 and 5:00 pm.

Whalen continues, "KAATSU will also be exhibited in the Sports Medicine private section where demonstrations of the latest KAATSU protocols ad equipment will be held inside Conference Room 2."

For more information and registration, visit here.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Using KAATSU In A Hotel












































































































































































Even though people of all ages and abilities can use their KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle equipment in their own hotel rooms for athletic performance gains, rehabilitation or recovery, they can also always use the hotel fitness room for their more traditional - and perhaps - more intense KAATSU Training.

Every hotel fitness center is different. Users can use either their KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle device with every machine and tools - except the large dumbbells and heavy weights with a barbell. Spinning bikes, treadmills, resistance bands, TRX ropes, yoga mats, Bosu balls, jump ropes, ab machines...they all can be incorporated into a KAATSU workout or for rehabilitation or recovery.

Users can spin on the stationary or recumbent exercise bikes with their KAATSU leg bands on - or they can jog or sprint on the treadmills. They can use the elliptical cross-trainers with their KAATSU arm bands on - or also do core work or stretch or swim in the hotel pool. Use resistance bands for range of motion exercises.

The workouts not only can become intense with the KAATSU arm or leg bands on, but the workouts also become very efficient which is always a good thing on a business trip or vacation.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How Do You Use The KAATSU Cycle?



























The new KAATSU Cycle unit enables blood flow moderation exercise that involves 8 cycles of a set amount of pressure.

The KAATSU Cycle can be used as (1) a warm-up for KAATSU performance training, (2) a part of rehabilitation, (3) a form of recovery, and/or (4) serve as an entire workout in itself.

It can be done anywhere – at the office, at school, in an airplane, at home, or before and after a hard workout.

There are two basic types of KAATSU Cycles: (1) the KAATSU Cycle function on the KAATSU Master unit and KAATSU Nano unit, and (2) the KAATSU Cycle functions on the KAATSU Cycle unit.

The KAATSU Full Cycle on the KAATSU Master unit and KAATSU Nano unit consist of 8 cycles of 20 seconds of pressure on followed by 5 seconds of no pressure. This KAATSU Full Cycle is 3 minutes and 20 seconds long. It can be repeated as the user wishes up to 20 minutes. The KAATSU Short Cycle on the KAATSU Master unit and KAATSU Nano unit consist of 4 cycles of 20 seconds of pressure on followed by 5 seconds of no pressure. This KAATSU Short Cycle is 1 minute and 40 seconds long. It can used as a warm-up before or as a cool-down after a traditional training session.

On both the KAATSU Full Cycle and KAATSU Short Cycle, the pressure starts at a low level and gradually increases by 10 SKUs on the arms - or by 20 SKUs on the legs until the optimal pressure is reached on the last cycle.



























The KAATSU Cycle is great for exercising in the office, exercising without the need to change out of your work clothes, exercising without the worry about perspiration, exercising in your airplane seat or on long rides in a car, bus, or train, reducing atrophy when injured or in a cast, sling, or brace, warming up for a traditional workout, cooling down from an intense workout or weight-training session.

During the KAATSU Cycle, users can simply sit still while reading, watching television, writing emails, playing games, stretching, yoga, doing isometric exercises or doing the standard KAATSU 3-point exercises. The KAATSU 3-point exercises on the arms includes 3 sets of hand grips, 3 sets of bicep curls, and 3 sets of tricep extensions. The KAATSU 3-point exercises on the legs includes 3 sets of toe curls, 3 sets of toe raises, and 3 sets of heel raises, or alteratively 3 sets of squats, leg extensions, or leg curls.







































On the KAATSU Master and on the KAATSU Nano, there is only one level of KAATSU Cycle. It is called CYCLE 20 or 20 seconds of pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off. The pressure gradually increases by 10 SKU on each subsequent cycle on the arms and the pressure gradually increases by 20 SKU on each subsequent cycle on the legs.

On the KAATSU Master, the KAATSU Specialist or the KAATSU user can select their preferred SKU pressure from 0 – 500 SKU. As the pressure increases, the amount of venous blood flow back to the heart decreases and the exercise becomes more difficult.

On the KAATSU Nano, the KAATSU Specialist or the KAATSU user can select the preferred SKU pressure from 0 – 500 SKU. As the pressure increases, the amount of venous blood flow back to the heart decreases and the exercise becomes more difficult.

For example, if a KAATSU user selects 200 SKU in the KAATSU Cycle mode on their arms, the KAATSU user will experience the following protocol that continues for a total of 3 minutes 40 seconds:

Cycle #1: 20 seconds of 130 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #2: 20 seconds of 140 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #3: 20 seconds of 150 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #4: 20 seconds of 160 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #5: 20 seconds of 170 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #6: 20 seconds of 180 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #7: 20 seconds of 190 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #8: 20 seconds of 120 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)

If a KAATSU user selects 300 SKU in the KAATSU Cycle mode on their legs, the KAATSU user will experience the following protocol that continues for a total of 3 minutes 40 seconds:

Cycle #1: 20 seconds of 160 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #2: 20 seconds of 180 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #3: 20 seconds of 200 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #4: 20 seconds of 220 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #5: 20 seconds of 240 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #6: 20 seconds of 260 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #7: 20 seconds of 280 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #8: 20 seconds of 300 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)




























In the new specialty KAATSU Cycle unit, there are 3 levels of KAATSU Cycle:

o Low or CYCLE 20 for older users or individuals with the lowest level of fitness: 20 seconds on + 5 seconds off
o Medium or CYCLE 40 for middle-age users or individuals with an average level of fitness: 40 seconds on + 20 seconds off
o High or CYCLE 60 for younger users or individuals with the lowest level of fitness: 60 seconds on + 20 seconds off

CYCLE 20 provides the lowest and shortest amount of pressure and is meant for older KAATSU users (i.e., those over the age of 50) or those individuals with the lowest level of general fitness. CYCLE 20 can be done more than once and repeated up to 15 minutes in total.

CYCLE 40 provides the medium amount of pressure and is meant for middle-age KAATSU users (i.e., those over the age of 30) or those individuals with an average level of general fitness. CYCLE 40 can be done more than once and repeated up to 15 minutes in total.

CYCLE 60 provides the highest amount of pressure and is meant for younger KAATSU users (i.e., those younger than 30 years) or those individuals with the highest level of general fitness. CYCLE 60 can be done more than once and repeated up to 15 minutes in total.

If you or the users are in any doubt, it is always better to start conservatively with lower pressures than recommended above. Once the user becomes accustomed to KAATSU - which will be very quickly - then higher pressures can be used.

The Base and Optimal pressure for each KAATSU Cycle is shown above in a chart and summarized below:

o CYCLE 20: 8 cycles @ 15 SKU Base pressure + increasing to 100 SKU Optimal pressure
o CYCLE 40: 8 cycles @ 20 SKU Base pressure + increasing to 150 SKU Optimal pressure
o CYCLE 60: 8 cycles @ 25 SKU Base pressure + increasing to 200 SKU Optimal pressure

The duration for each KAATSU Cycle is below:

o CYCLE 20: 3 minutes 20 seconds
o CYCLE 40: 6 minutes 40 seconds
o CYCLE 60: 10 minutes 40 seconds

In summary, pressures during a CYCLE 20 session are shown below:

Cycle #1: 20 seconds of 30 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #2: 20 seconds of 40 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #3: 20 seconds of 50 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #4: 20 seconds of 60 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #5: 20 seconds of 70 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #6: 20 seconds of 80 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #7: 20 seconds of 90 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #8: 20 seconds of 100 SKU pressure on followed by 5 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)

Pressures during a CYCLE 40 session are shown below:

Cycle #1: 40 seconds of 80 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #2: 40 seconds of 90 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #3: 40 seconds of 100 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #4: 40 seconds of 110 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #5: 40 seconds of 120 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #6: 40 seconds of 130 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #7: 40 seconds of 140 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #8: 40 seconds of 150 SKU pressure on followed by 10 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)

Pressures during a CYCLE 60 session are shown below:

Cycle #1: 60 seconds of 130 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #2: 60 seconds of 140 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #3: 60 seconds of 150 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #4: 60 seconds of 160 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #5: 60 seconds of 170 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #6: 60 seconds of 180 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #7: 60 seconds of 190 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)
Cycle #8: 60 seconds of 200 SKU pressure on followed by 20 seconds of pressure off (0 SKU)

In summary, there are some important points to remember:

* The KAATSU Cycle has pre-set pressures and time durations. * The higher the Base SKU, the more challenging the Optimal SKU will feel. * The lower the Base SKU, the easier the Optimal SKU will fee. * The critical pressure is the combination of the Base SKU and the Optimal SKU.

Regarding age, the highest pressures generally occur between ages 20-30 and decrease for older individuals. Dr Jim Stray-Gundersen, the Chief Medical Officer of KAATSU Global, explains, "There is an overlay of 'physiologic' age that modifies the chronological age. That is, for elderly users who may have stiff, damaged arteries, use relatively low pressures."

Regarding relative fitness, the fitter the subject is, the higher the pressures can be. That is, a more fit individuals or those who have been doing KAATSU for some time can increase from the Cycle 20 to the Cycle 40 to the Cycle 60.

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Who Can Do KAATSU?






















































Traditional KAATSU training is done by hundreds of thousands of people around the world on a daily basis. This number is forecasted to explode with the new KAATSU Cycle product.

Who can safely and effectively use KAATSU? The simple answer is that when KAATSU is done properly and according to the standard KAATSU protocols as established by its inventor Dr Sato, it is a safe exercise for nearly everyone (see exceptions below).

The KAATSU Cycle or the KAATSU Master or the KAATSU Nano can be used by any of the following individuals:

• Athletes and non-athletes
• Males and females
• Teenagers and retirees
• Injured and healthy individuals

Those who should not do KAATSU include pregnant women, heart rehabilitation patients or those individuals with the following conditions:

• Acute myocardial infarction
• Unstable angina
• Ventricular tachycardia or severe arrhythmia
• Serious case of cardiac insufficiency (NYHA class IV)
• Serious aortic stenosis
• Acute pulmonary embolism or lung infarction
• Acute myocarditis or pericarditis
• Acute vena cava dissociation

Although there is no limit on the maximum age of those who can use KAATSU (with the oldest person being 104 years), it is recommended that KAATSU training is limited used to those who at least 14 years of age.

This recommendation is unrelated to the effects or safety of KAATSU; rather, it is a recommendation based on observations that a small number of overly ambitious coaches can push young children too much or too far with a new training modality. As children grow and develop in their teenage years, KAATSU can be prudently incorporated into their training regimens - without the pressure of performing at maximal levels before they reach puberty.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

KAATSU Research Activities















































Research on KAATSU has ranged from equine subjects to human athletes and has included mice, rats, goats and people of various ages. Research has been conducted at the University of Tokyo Hospital and Osaka University in Japan, at Peking University and Jilin University in China, at the Harvard Medical School and University of Missouri in the United States, at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, Brazil, and many other universities and academic research institutions.

The photos above show Chinese scientists attaching regular KAATSU Air Bands on the hind legs of goats in northern China under the auspices of China's State General Administration of Sports, the government agency responsible for sports in China that also administers the Chinese Olympic Committee.

In the United States, Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, Chief Medical Officer of KAATSU Global, is leading the research direction and activities of KAATSU in a variety of applications and areas.

At the SG Performance Medicine Center and Sport Technologies in the United States Ski & Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence in Park City, Dr. Stray-Gundersen first used a variety of equipment to monitor the effects of KAATSU on athletes.

His tools included the First Beat Body Guard (heart rate monitor and accelerometer), MOXY Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SmO2 and muscle oxygen saturation), Sonosite MicroMaxx Doppler Ultrasound (arterial and venous blood flow), and Nelcor Pulse Oximeter (SpO2 and arterial oxygen saturation) [shown on left].

He first presented his findings in Tokyo, Japan at the 10th KAATSU International Symposium at the University of Tokyo.

He then presented his work and recommendations in London, England at the Elite Sports Expo.

Dr. Stray-Gundersen will present his latest findings and mechanism of KAATSU at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at the Harvard Medical School on November 5th - 6th at the KAATSU Symposium in Boston.

For more information on the KAATSU Symposium, visit the KAATSU website.

Since 2013, Dr. Stray-Gundersen has gained experience from thousands of sessions in hundreds of clients encompassing people of both genders, from 9-90 years of age, levels of fitness from Olympians to sedentary, with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems that are aided by KAATSU Training.

Dr. Stray-Gundersen received his Board Certification in General Surgery in 1985. He then completed Post Doctoral Fellowships in Cardiovascular Physiology and Human Nutrition at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW) where he received appointments as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, and Cardiology. While on faculty, over 20 years at UTSW, Dr. Stray-Gundersen conducted research and built and directed two World Class Human Performance Centers associated with leading hospitals, St. Paul and Baylor. Dr. Stray-Gundersen’s primary interest and area of research is human performance, the physiology of health and fitness/wellness through exercise prescription, markers of overtraining, nutrition as it applies to performance and health, altitude acclimatization and training (pioneered Live Hi/Train Low), and anti doping (developed anti doping test SAFE – Safe and Fair Events).

Since 1984, Dr Stray-Gundersen has worked with numerous Olympians in various sport disciplines advising on training for Maximal Human Performance and has an ongoing relationship with the great runner and director of the NIKE Oregon Project, Alberto Salazar. Dr. Stray-Gundersen has been active in the fight against doping, particularly, blood doping.

He, along with colleagues Dr. Tapio Videman and Dr. Ingaard Lereim, they performed the the first non-invasive anti-blood doping testing at the 1989 World Championships in Lahti, Finland and his work continued with the development and implementation of the SAFE Test — Safe and Fair Events — which was the precursor for the Hematologic passport, considered by some to have minimized the extent and magnitude of blood doping in International Sport.

He has been an official physician/consultant/staff of United States, Norwegian, and Canadian Olympic Teams, and an official staff member of numerous World Championships in the sports of cross country skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, alpine skiing, speed skating, biathlon, track and field, road cycling and swimming.

Dr Stray-Gundersen has served and consulted for many International Medical Committees that include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Football Federation (FIFA), International Biathlon Committee (IBU), International Ski Federation (FIS), and the International Skating Union (ISU). He has worked with the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA). Dr. Stray-Gundersen is the Sports Science Advisor for the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), and continues to lead Human Performance and Altitude Camps for Olympic Athletes, Masters Athletes, as well as Navy SEALs to optimize performance.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

KAATSU Described And Explained On Super Human Radio







































"Most people believe the adage, 'Work smarter, not harder', when it comes to building muscle. Could KAATSU Training be the holy grail of muscle gains? Are there do's and don'ts that you should know about?" asks Super Human Radio host Carl Lanore.

Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, Chief Medical Officer of KAATSU Global, goes into depth on Super Human Radio with Lanore on KAATSU training and its implications and applications in sports performance, wellness and rehabilitation.

Listen to the archived broadcast here.

Super Human Radio is a popular radio broadcast show headquartered from Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to improving all aspects of human performance through physical culture, ancestral nutrition and effective supplementation.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Dr James Stray-Gundersen Live On Super Human Radio

Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, Chief Medical Officer of KAATSU Global, will be heard live on Super Human Radio on Monday, October 12th from 1-2 pm (New York time) with host Carl Lanore [shown on left].

Carl and Dr. Jim will discuss KAATSU training and its implications in sports performance, wellness and rehabilitation.

Listen live at Shoutcast (search for the Super Human Channel).

Rebroadcasts can be heard in the Archive section of Super Human Radio.com.

What is the aim of Super Human Radio? Super Human Radio is a popular radio broadcast show headquartered from Louisville, Kentucky dedicated to improving all aspects of human performance through physical culture, ancestral nutrition and effective supplementation.






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Monday, September 28, 2015

KAATSU Premieres In Germany

On September 4th at the University in Bonn, KAATSU Specialist Robert Heiduk presented KAATSU training and equipment (KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano and KAATSU Air Bands) at the strength and conditioning Athletik-Konferenz 2015.

Heiduk's presentation was the official KAATSU premiere in Germany. The premiere was met with great interest among the participants representing various sports.

40 Strength and Conditioning specialists and physios attended on the pre-conference KAATSU introduction workshop and learned about the KAATSU Cycle, how to safely and effectively go to failure without heavy weights, and why sending failure signals up to the CNS is important.

They were convinced KAATSU presents a new and important paradigm in helping athletes achieve their full potential and helping others from all walks of life rehabilitate and improve their state of wellness.

Das war KAATSU auf der Athletik-Konferenz 2015 (in German)

Die offizielle KAATSU Deutschland Premiere auf der Athletik-Konferenz in Bonn stieß auf großes Interesse. Im Auditorium des KAATSU Workshops waren Teilnehmer der unterschiedlichsten Sportarten vertreten.

So bot der KAATSU Workshop eine gelungene Mischung aus wissenschaftlichen Hintergründen, Fallbeispielen und praktischer Demonstration. Insbesondere die sportartspezifischen Einsatzmöglichkeiten konnten in der Praxis anschaulich dargestellt werden, denn neben der Rehabilitation, bietet das über Jahrzehnte in Japan gewachsene KAATSU-Konzept zahlreiche Möglichkeiten für die nahtlose sportgerechte Integration.

Zu guter letzt wurden auch die aktuellen Missverständnisse und inflationären Terminologien bezüglich KAATSU und diversen BFR bzw. Okklusionsmethoden behandelt.

Das anspruchsvolle KAATSU Konzept konnte die Teilnehmer überzeugen und wir freuen uns beim Einzug von KAATSU in den deutschsprachigen Raum dabei zu sein.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

KAATSU Terminology



























Air Bladder: the pneumatic bladder inside the KAATSU Air Bands and KAATSU Aqua Bands that inflate and deflate in specific amounts (Standard KAATSU Units) controlled by the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle equipment.

All-out: to exercise or do KAATSU Training with maximum effort.

Base Pressure: the compression of the noninflated KAATSU Air Bands and KAATSU Aqua Bands when the Air Bands are first manually affixed to the limbs. Also known as Base SKU and measured in SKU (Standard KAATSU Units).

Base SKU: the compression of the noninflated KAATSU Air Bands and KAATSU Aqua Bands when the Air Bands are first manually affixed to the limbs. Also known as Base Pressure and measured in SKU (Standard KAATSU Units).

BFR: an acronym for Blood Flow Restriction training, also known as occlusion training or tourniquet training. The blood flow restriction in the limbs is caused by the tightening of knee wraps, ropes, tubing, or blood pressure cuffs around the limbs. BFR is not KAATSU Training.

Bicep Curl: any type of weight training or resistance exercises or KAATSU Training that target the biceps branchii muscle where the hands are raised towards the shoulders until the forearms are vertical with the elbows and upper arm remaining close to the body.

Capillary Refill Time (or CRT): the time in seconds taken for color to return to an external capillary bed (e.g., in the palm of the hands or above the knee on the quadriceps) after pressure is applied by a thumb to cause blanching. Also referred to as CRT in the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle equipment.

Central Nervous System: the complex of nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord that controls the activities of the body.

CNS: an acronym for Central Nervous System.

CRT: an acronym for Capillary Refill Time or the time in seconds taken for color to return to an external capillary bed (e.g., in the palm of the hands or above the knee on the quadriceps) after pressure is applied by a thumb to cause blanching.

CYCLE 20: an 8-step process of releasing and applying pressure on either the upper arms or upper legs. One cycle includes the application of pressure for 20 seconds and the subsequent release of pressure for 5 seconds. There are 8 cycles in the CYCLE 20 process that takes 3 minutes 20 seconds in duration with a Base SKU of 15 and an Optimal SKU of 100. This function is in the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano and KAATSU Cycle equipment.

CYCLE 40: an 8-step process of releasing and applying pressure on either the upper arms or upper legs. One cycle includes the application of pressure for 40 seconds and the subsequent release of pressure for 10 seconds. There are 8 cycles in the CYCLE 40 process that takes 6 minutes 40 seconds in duration with a Base SKU of 20 and an Optimal SKU of 150. This function is in the KAATSU Cycle equipment.

CYCLE 60: an 8-step process of releasing and applying pressure on either the upper arms or upper legs. One cycle includes the application of pressure for 60 seconds and the subsequent release of pressure for 20 seconds. There are 8 cycles in the CYCLE 60 process that takes 10 minutes 40 seconds in duration with a Base SKU of 25 and an Optimal SKU of 200. This function is in the KAATSU Cycle equipment.

Disturbance of homeostasis: the state when the body’s natural internal environmental variables become disturbed and feedback is initiated to the central nervous system due to the engorgement of blood caused by KAATSU Training.

Go to failure: to continue exercising or moving until maximum effort has been reached and no more movement can be done or repetitions can be repeated.

Hand Clenches: an exercise where the hand is opened and closed to work the muscles of the hands and forearms. It is part of the 3-point Exercises for the Arms.

Heel Raises: an exercise where the heels are raised from the floor while either sitting down or standing up. It is part of the 3-point Exercises for the Legs.

KAATSU: a Japanese trademark meaning “additional pressure”, the original form of blood flow moderation training, rehabilitation and recovery invented and developed by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D., FNAI.

KAATSU Air Bands: specialized pneumatic bands that are affixed to the arms or legs with Velcro. The air bladder inside the Air Bands are inflated and deflated by the firmware of the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano and KAATSU Cycle equipment.

KAATSU Arm Bands: specialized pneumatic bands that are used around the upper arms for KAATSU Training.

KAATSU Aqua Bands: specialized pneumatic bands that are used around the upper arms and upper legs for KAATSU Aqua, a form of KAATSU Training that can be performed in swimming or therapy pools.

KAATSU Aqua Training: blood flow moderation training or rehabilitation performed in the water in the form of swimming, aqua-therapy or other forms of aquatic exercises performed with KAATSU Aqua Bands.

KAATSU Color: the resultant pinkness, rosiness or beefy redness in the skin in the limbs due to the engorgement of blood during KAATSU Training.

KAATSU Cycle: (1) brand name of KAATSU equipment, or (2) a means to warm-up the body for KAATSU Training with the KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle equipment. It a type of KAATSU Training, therapy and recovery that involves either a 4 or 8 step process of releasing and applying pressure on the limbs at increasing levels of compression.

KAATSU Dose: the appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU that is specific for a given individual based on their age, physical condition, and amount of KAATSU Training experience.

KAATSU Instructor: an individual certified by KAATSU Japan Co., Ltd. to have studied and passed the KAATSU Specialist certification examination.

KAATSU Leg Bands: pneumatic bands that are used around the upper legs for KAATSU Training.

KAATSU Master: a portable 1134g (2.5 lbs.) touch-screen device that provides specific amounts of compressed air to the KAATSU Air Bands while recording and monitoring various data including Base SKU, Optimal SKU, time of KAATSU training, and capillary refill time.

KAATSU Master Instructor: an individual certified by KAATSU Japan Co., Ltd. to have studied and passed the KAATSU Specialist certification examination and completed the highest level of KAATSU Training in Japan.

KAATSU Nano: a portable handheld 263g (9.7 oz.) touch-screen device that provides specific amounts of compressed air to the KAATSU Air Bands while recording and monitoring various data including Base SKU, Optimal SKU, time of KAATSU Training, and capillary refill time.

KAATSU Pressure: the compression of the KAATSU Air Bands or KAATSU Aqua Bands around the limbs as measured in SKUs or Standard KAATSU Units.

KAATSU Protocols: the standard KAATSU procedures and know-how that enable safe and effective KAATSU Training and rehabilitation for individuals of all ages and conditions. Invented by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D., FNAI in 1966 and since patented.

KAATSU Specialist: an individual certified by KAATSU Global, Inc. to have studied and passed the KAATSU Specialist certification examination.

KAATSU Training: the original form of blood flow moderation training, rehabilitation and recovery invented and developed by Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D., FNAI.

Leg Curls: an exercise to primarily work the hamstring by raising the foot backwards to the gluteus maximus. It is part of the alternative 3-point Exercises for the Legs.

Muscular Failure: the point in KAATSU Training or rehabilitation where no continued movement or additional exercise can be performed.

Non-lock Exercises: exercises where there is only partial extension of the limbs so the muscles are always engaged during KAATSU Training.

Occlusion training: blood flow restriction training to the limbs caused by the tightening of knee wraps, ropes, tubing or blood pressure cuffs around the limbs. Also known as BFR training or tourniquet training. Occlusion training is not KAATSU Training.

Optimal Pressure: the compression of the inflated KAATSU Air Bands after the Air Bands have been inflated according to the KAATSU protocols. Also known as Optimal SKU and measured in SKU (Standard KAATSU Units).

Optimal SKU: the compression of the inflated KAATSU Air Bands after the Air Bands have been inflated according to the KAATSU protocols. Also known as Optimal Pressure and measured in SKU (Standard KAATSU Units).

Petechiae: bleeding under the skin that can occur from broken blood vessels. It appears as tiny pinpoint red dots on the skin of the upper arm in some people as a result of KAATSU Training.

Pulsation: the rhythmical throbbing of an artery that is felt under the KAATSU Arm Bands or KAATSU Leg Bands.

Rep: a motion or exercise (such as a bicep curl or push-up) that is repeated and counted during KAATSU Training. Also referred to as a repetition.

Repetition: a motion or exercise (such as a bicep curl or push-up) that is repeated and counted during KAATSU Training. Also referred to as a rep.

SKU: Standard KAATSU Unit, approximately equivalent to mmHg as measured by the original KAATSU Air Sensor for the KAATSU Air Bands.

Squat: an exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips, gluteus maximus, quadriceps, and hamstrings by bending the knees and hips to lower the torso and returning to the standing position. It is part of the alternative 3-point Exercise for the Legs.

Technical failure: the point in KAATSU Training or rehabilitation where muscular movement can be performed but the proper technique is poor or lost or where the original form and/or speed is compromised.

Tourniquet training: blood flow restriction training to the limbs caused by the tightening of knee wraps, ropes, tubing or blood pressure cuffs around the limbs. Also known as BFR training or occlusion training. Occlusion training is not KAATSU Training.

3-point Exercises: a set of 3 different exercises that help indicate the Optimal SKU and can form the basis of KAATSU Training or serve as a warm-up.

3-point Exercises for Arms: a set of 3 different exercises for the arms that include 3 – 4 sets of hand clenches, 3 – 4 sets of bicep curls, and 3 – 4 sets of triceps extensions. The hand clenches can be done with hand grips if desired. The bicep curls can be done with light weights if desired. The triceps extensions can be done with light resistance if desire.

3-point Exercises for Legs: a set of 3 different exercises for the legs that include 3 – 4 sets of either toe curls (performed without shoes), toe raises and heel raises. These exercises can also alternatively include leg curls or squats.

Toe Curls: an exercise that works the toes and feet when the toes are curled under the foot. It is part of the 3-point Exercises for the Legs.

Triceps Extension: a strength-building exercise that stimulate the triceps in the upper arms. It is part of the 3-point Exercises for the Arms.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Re-Conditioning with KAATSU after Surgery


























































In order to quickly and effectively re-condition with KAATSU after surgery on the lower limbs, KAATSU recommendations are as follows.

Equipment
Use either the KAATSU Master or KAATSU Nano together with the KAATSU Air Bands (both arm and leg bands)

Regimen:
Includes KAATSU Cycle (preferably on both the arms and legs) + KAATSU 3-point Exercises (first on arms and then on legs) or KAATSU Performance Training (on either arms and/or legs)

Frequency:
2-3 times per week minimum, but sometimes more frequent (5-6 times per week) if desired/possible

KAATSU Cycle Regimen (Standard):
Step 1: Find the your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: Do 1-2 sets of the standard KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycle of 20 seconds on + 5 seconds off)
Step 3: Proceed to either Advanced KAATSU Cycle** or KAATSU 3-point Exercises on arms

KAATSU Cycle Regimen (Advanced)**:
Option 1
Step 1: Find the your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: Purposefully increase SKU to a higher pressure level than Optimal (e.g., 260 SKU)
Step 3: Do 1-2 sets of the Advanced KAATSU Cycle at this higher level as possible (i.e., 8 cycle of 20 seconds on + 5 seconds off). Contract your muscles in the positive and negative directions (i.e., going both up and down).

Option 2
Step 1: Find the your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: Purposefully increase SKU to a higher pressure level than Optimal (e.g., 260 SKU)
Step 3: Do 1-2 sets of the Advanced KAATSU Cycle for longer at this higher level as possible (i.e., 8 cycle of 40 seconds on + 10 seconds off). Contract your muscles in the positive and negative directions (i.e., going both up and down).

Option 3
Step 1: Find the your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: Purposefully increase SKU to a higher pressure level than Optimal (e.g., 260 SKU)
Step 3: Do 1-2 sets of the Advanced KAATSU Cycle for longer at this higher level as possible (i.e., 8 cycle of 60 seconds on + 20 seconds off). Contract your muscles in the positive and negative directions (i.e., going both up and down).

** As you become stronger and more accustomed to KAATSU, your ability to handle higher pressures for longer periods becomes readily apparent, but you and the KAATSU Specialist should always start off conservatively. Your body will acclimate well, but at the beginning, you should always error on the side of lower pressures.

KAATSU 3-point Exercise for the Arms:
Step 1: Find your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: 3 sets of the hand grips (note: the number of repetitions should decrease with each subsequent set)
Step 3: 3 sets of bicep curls. Contract your biceps in the positive and negative directions (i.e., going both up and down).
Step 4: 3 sets of triceps extensions. Contract your triceps in the positive and negative directions (i.e., going both up and down).
Step 5: Proceed to KAATSU 3-point Exercise on legs

KAATSU 3-point Exercises for the Legs:
Step 1: Find your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: 3 sets of the toe curls (note: the number of repetitions should decrease with each subsequent set)
Step 3: 3 sets of heel raises
Step 4: 3 sets of either squats (quarter or full) or leg curls

KAATSU Performance Training for either Arms or Legs:
Step 1: Find your Optimal SKU (e.g., 200 SKU)
Step 2: Do the preferred activity of the patient (e.g., walking, resistance training, stretching, mobility exercises, rehabilitation)

Notes:
*The number of repetitions should decrease with each subsequent set.
*Alternatively, if you are walking on a treadmill, the total time should be limited to 20 minutes.
*If you are using your upper body, the total number should be limited to 15 minutes.
*You can elect to do both arms and legs (but not simultaneously) during the same session if you wish.

Photo is courtesy of KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato helping to rehabilitate an older patient recover from her recent surgery.

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Pre-Conditioning with KAATSU Before Surgery




















































In order to quickly and effectively pre-condition with KAATSU before surgery on the lower limbs, KAATSU recommendations are as follows:

Equipment:
Use either the KAATSU Master or KAATSU Nano together with the KAATSU Air Bands (both arm and leg bands)

Preparation
*Be well-hydrated before starting KAATSU
*Always follow KAATSU protocols (i.e., always have good capillary refill within 2 – 3 seconds, no occlusion, no numbness) *Always start with the KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycles of 20 seconds pressure on + 5 seconds pressure off)

Key Points
*KAATSU can be done daily, even twice per day during rehabilitation or recovery from injuries
*KAATSU should be done on both the arms and legs for the optimal systemic effects, regardless of where the injury is
*Use a high Base SKU and the highest Optimal SKU that is safe and falls within the standard KAATSU guidelines
*Always begin with at least 2-3 KAATSU Cycles on arms and legs
*Do not release the air in the KAATSU Air Bands throughout the entire reconditioning workout (unless, of course, you feel numbness or become lightheaded)
*Never have pain in the joint, tendon or bone while doing KAATSU
*Always use the correct form in any movements
*The rest between sets and between exercises should be no more than 20 seconds maximum

Protocols
STEP 1: Start with the KAATSU Cycle on the arms at an average Base SKU and average Optimal SKU (e.g., if your Optimal SKU is 250 SKU, start with an SKU of 220-230). Do 1 – 2 more KAATSU Cycles on the arms as a warm-up.

STEP 2: Set the appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU on the arms and do either the KAATSU 3-point Exercises for the arms* or a specific upper body workout with the KAATSU Arm Bands on. If the KAATSU 3-point Exercises are done, do 3 sets each of (1) hand clenches (optionally with hand grips), (2) bicep curls (optionally with light resistance), and (3) triceps extensions (optimally with light resistance) until muscular failure.

STEP 3: Remove KAATSU Arm Bands and place KAATSU Leg Bands on to begin the KAATSU Cycle on the legs.

STEP 4: Do one normal KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycles of 20 seconds pressure on + 5 seconds pressure off).

STEP 5: Do 3 – 5 modified KAATSU Cycles of 60 seconds pressure on + 20 seconds pressure off at the highest Base SKU and Optimal SKU as possible.

STEP 6: Do the KAATSU 3-point Exercises for the legs or 3 sets of (a) heel raises, (b) standing hamstring curls, and (c) non-lock partial extension squats (both one-leg and two-leg if possible), and walking or other recommended movements as recommended by the physical therapist.

Reminders
*If you can do over 40 repetitions before reaching failure, then the Base SKU and Optimal SKU are too low. Increase the Base SKU or Optimal SKU so ideally the number of repetitions on the first set is 30 repetitions before failure.
*Always breathe throughout the KAATSU exercises and remain well-hydrated.
*Always go to muscle failure on each set. On the last set of each exercise, muscular failure should come quickly.
*A disturbance of homeostasis will occur and muscular discomfort will be significant.
*Because KAATSU has systemic effects, it is recommended to also do KAATSU on the arms in addition to the legs.

Photos courtesy of the SG Performance Center in Park City, Utah.

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Is Motor Learning Enhanced With KAATSU?




















































The mechanism behind the concept that motor learning is enhanced with KAATSU is complicated.

Fundamentally, there is much activity going on within the central nervous system when we address the issue about motor control and learning. Many of the explanations are linear and disregard the emotional aspects of the brain in adaption with motor load.

Motor learning in the KAATSU examples given below are simplified around the ideas of perfection, gross amount of repetitions, and then mastery of the skill. However, the reality, is that the process is far from that simple.

Where KAATSU excels and provides a realistic modeling of motor learning is knowing the dose dependent amount of load, repetitions (note: more is not better), and knowing a learning curve for each individual. This is why finding the appropriate Base SKU and exercising at the Optimal SKU to technical failure is so important when doing KAATSU.

Motor learning is a combination of changes in connectivity observed in not only motor systems (in the brain), but more so to activity in sensory brain regions (e.g.; emotional, visual, and neuromuscular). Thus, if we look at the traditional Japanese ways of training, we also look at their attention to learning by example, visual systems, felt experience, and actually loading the movement process.

When research studies removed effects of somatosensory activity, learning resulted in changes to frontal motor areas of the brain. This suggests that motor learning must be emotional, visual, and neuromuscular - and not a singular process of repetitions. This is one reason why when we teach a new activity or try to improve upon a known activity, we ask the athlete and coach to literally focus on the movement and video-record the movement until technical failure (not muscular failure).

Technical failure is when the athlete/client is no longer moving the body/muscles in the proper (technical flawless) manner. The concept of technical failure is fundamental with KAATSU.

KAATSU Specialists should always insist on good form and proper technique. When doing KAATSU and when getting to the point of technical failure, they ask the athlete/client to stop doing KAATSU. Technical failure nearly always precedes muscular failure. This is also why the Japanese coaches of elite athletes use KAATSU arm and leg bands at the same time.

In summary, if what we are talking about is the idea that motor learning takes place by repeated practice of a motor pattern, then it is primarily a brain function involving the motor and sensory cortex and areas of memory, proprioception, balance and probably many others. There is also likely some component of the mechanism involving the peripheral nerves and the muscle fibers they innervate. KAATSU influences these structures, but we do not precisely know how...and the subject of future KAATSU research. But we speculate that when we are performing a particular motor pattern under duress (i.e., with KAATSU), the memory of the event is amplified and saved in more vivid detail.

This is why we repeat the event in the exact same way until technical failure.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

KAATSU Equipment Leasing and Financing



























Instead of paying in full for KAATSU equipment, KAATSU Specialists and users can now pay monthly for their equipment and certification. KAATSU Global has formed an alliance with eLease to finance KAATSU equipment purchases for either 24 or 36 months.

The process is quite simple and requires only a one-page application and a copy of the first page of the borrower's last three month's bank statements. The complete process takes no more than 2-3 days.

These financing opportunities are ideal for individuals who cannot afford a one-time payment for the KAATSU Master Package, KAATSU Nano Package or KAATSU Cycle Package. Each package includes 4 KAATSU Air Bands (2 arms + 2 legs), a protective case, an extended warranty for 24 or 36 months, and all accessories.

Payments as shown below. These rates are subject to credit approval and credit worthiness and, as such, the rates may vary.

KAATSU Master Package (normally US$4,795): $249.13 (24 months) $188.94 (36 months)
KAATSU Nano Package (normally $2,850): US$146.53 (24 months) US$1110.52 (36 months)
KAATSU Cycle Package (normally US$1,875): US$109.64 (24 months) US$83.81 (36 months)
KAATSU Aqua Package (normally US$3,000): US$117.41 (24 months) US$76.72 (36 months)

Additionally eLease can finance multi-unit mixed assortment of equipment for large purchases. To figure the approximate monthly cost of a large purchase just multiply the 24- and 36-month lease rate factors times the U.S. dollar value of the order. These factors are 4.91% or 24 months and 3.56% for 36 months subject to the lender's credit criteria.

For more information, contact via telephone at toll-free +1-888-410-6350 or email info@kaatsu-usa.com.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Olympic Coach's Journey To KAATSU



Copyright © 2015 by Christopher Morgan, 2008 Olympic Swim Coach

My coaching career has allowed me to chase my dreams and realize them; travel the world and learn new languages. Most importantly, and through a twist of fate, my travels inadvertently guided me to meet my best friend, my soul mate…my wife. I am fortunate and humbled by the athletes who I have worked with and the amazing mentors who have taught me invaluable lessons and bestowed upon me treasures of information and knowledge.

When I started coaching under the late Richard Quick at Stanford University in the 1990’s, I was nervous about making mistakes, yet comforted by Richard and his preacher-like aura.

Richard was a swimming genius and a magician of motivation. I remember someone once told me Richard “could make a rock swim…” I believe that to be true.

One thing that Richard was always keen about was new and innovative toys and tools that could help athletes get better. I am sure that some of that passion for new information was implanted in my 'swim coach' genetic code.

One of my more vivid memories of Richard and Stanford Swimming was when a young swimmer by the name of Misty Hyman came to join the legendary swimming family at Stanford University. One training tool that was traditionally associated with Misty was the monofin. However, some people might not have ever know that back during her training under Bob Gillett at AFOX in Arizona, and continued through a collaboration with Richard at Stanford, Misty would wear multiple large rubber bands around her thighs and upper arms.

Though it seemed strange, I was totally captivated by this unique way of restricting blood flow to the extremities while raising the heart rate through training. I did not think much about it…at least not for 15 years.

Jump ahead to 2013…

After a very successful coaching career in Switzerland, I returned to Stanford for a brief coaching opportunity in 2012 and then relocated to Boston in the spring to take on the assistant coaching position at Harvard University. My fortune continued while at Harvard, most importantly one day while sitting in my office and observing 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer dive into the pool for an early swim with Olympic coach Tim Murphy. On this particular day, someone else accompanied Alex and Tim and they seemed to be testing some kind of equipment. My curiosity had never waned and I was drawn to the pool deck where I met their guest, Steven Munatones.

I was no stranger to Steven and his passion for swimming. I had read one of his books about Open Water Swimming while coaching some open water swimmers in Europe. I had also seen him at some meets and events many years prior. Coach Murphy and Steve were observing Alex swim a series of 50’s and I noticed some kind of bands wrapped around his upper arms as he trained. Alex was/is a true glutton for punishment, so when I saw his grimace after only a handful of 50’s at a moderate speed, I asked myself, 'What are these crazy arm bands?' I continued to watch as they switched to legs…OUFF, Alex maintained the same facial result.

I introduced myself to Steve and I think he immediately felt my enthusiasm for this interesting way of creating a 'race pain' without the need for a time-consuming test set. I asked many questions and requested Steve to come back and test the bands on me. He obliged and I was blown away. Steve and I talked about the rubber bands that I had seen Misty use so many years prior…he said the science was almost identical. He called these bands KAATSU. He explained that the equipment and protocols and concepts were developed in Japan.

This was when KAATSU first entered my life and I will forever be indebted to this moment.

I followed this up by introducing the Head Women’s Coach at Harvard to this very interesting training tool. She believed in my philosophy and passion for 'outside of the box' training techniques and we steadily grew a relationship with Steve and some others who were practitioners of KAATSU. In order to safely and successfully implement the KAATSU Aqua Bands into our training, all parties agreed that the coaches should undertake some formal training in KAATSU and become KAATSU-certified. It was incredibly interesting, though I struggled with how exactly we would begin with the team.

Then, because of an injury, the how and why became crystal clear.

In early 2013 I had made a pack with myself to get fit. I needed and goal, so I set me eyes on a Tough Mudder obstacle race. It was a perfect event to get myself motivated to train and be ready. I even used the KAATSU Master to improve my fitness level. On the day of the event, at mile #10, I slipped on a log and smashed my side. The result was 2 broken ribs.

I continued to use the KAATSU Master and both arm and leg bands during my recovery. I was shocked at how fast the pain and sensitivity were diminished. I decided to see what was really happening. So 10 days after the x-rays revealed the broken ribs, I requested a second look. The doctor was in disbelief at how fast I had healed. This was all I needed to believe that KAATSU was the only reason for my quick recovery. I was TOTALLY IN and wanted the athletes that I work with to be able to benefit in any and all ways possible from a clear and methodical use of KAATSU.

I have never been so amazed at the results of anything in the sport of swimming as I am with a continued use of KAATSU Aqua Bands in everyday training. My athletes are not only healing pre-existing injuries, they are preventing injuries and making BIG time drops…this is HUGE!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Reconditioning from Quadriceps Atrophy with KAATSU

Many athletes significantly atrophy due to injuries sustained in practice and gains. In order to quickly and effectively recondition with KAATSU from atrophy of the quadriceps, KAATSU recommendations are as follows using either the KAATSU Master or KAATSU Nano together with the KAATSU Air Bands (both arm and leg bands):

Preparation
*Be well-hydrated before starting KAATSU
*Always follow KAATSU protocols (i.e., always have good capillary refill within 2 – 3 seconds, no occlusion, no numbness)
*Always start with the KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycles of 20 seconds pressure on + 5 seconds pressure off)

Key Points
*KAATSU can be done daily, even twice per day during rehabilitation or recovery from injuries
*Use a high Base SKU and the highest Optimal SKU that is safe and falls within the standard KAATSU guidelines
*Always begin with at least 2-3 KAATSU Cycles on arms and legs
*Do not release the air in the KAATSU Air Bands throughout the entire reconditioning workout (unless, of course, you feel numbness or become lightheaded)
*Never have pain in the joint, tendon or bone while doing KAATSU
*Always sue the correct form in any movements
*The rest between sets and between exercises should be no more than 20 seconds maximum

Protocols
STEP 1: Start with the KAATSU Cycle on the arms at an average Base SKU and average Optimal SKU (e.g., if your Optimal SKU is 250 SKU, start with an SKU of 220-230). Do 1 – 2 more KAATSU Cycles on the arms as a warm-up.

STEP 2: Set the appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU on the arms and do either the KAATSU 3-point Exercises for the arms* or a specific upper body workout with the KAATSU Arm Bands on. If the KAATSU 3-point Exercises are done, do 3 sets each of (1) hand clenches (optionally with hand grips), (2) bicep curls (optionally with light resistance), and (3) triceps extensions (optimally with light resistance) until muscular failure.

STEP 3: Remove KAATSU Arm Bands and place KAATSU Leg Bands on to begin the KAATSU Cycle on the legs.

STEP 4: Do one normal KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 8 cycles of 20 seconds pressure on + 5 seconds pressure off).

STEP 5: Do 3 – 5 modified KAATSU Cycles of 60 seconds pressure on + 20 seconds pressure off at the highest Base SKU and Optimal SKU as possible.

STEP 6: Do the KAATSU 3-point Exercises for the legs or 3 sets of (a) heel raises, (b) standing hamstring curls, and (c) non-lock partial extension squats (both one-leg and two-leg if possible), and walking or other recommended movements as recommended by the physical therapist.

Reminders
*If you can do over 40 repetitions before reaching failure, then the Base SKU and Optimal SKU are too low. Increase the Base SKU or Optimal SKU so ideally the number of repetitions on the first set is 30 repetitions before failure.
*Always breathe throughout the KAATSU exercises and remain well-hydrated.
*Always go to muscle failure on each set. On the last set of each exercise, muscular failure should come quickly.
*A disturbance of homeostasis will occur and muscular discomfort will be significant, partly due to lactate build-up.
*KAATSU Aqua Bands can be used in a therapy pool or swimming pool to augment the recovery if aqua-therapy is also incorporated in the athlete’s rehabilitation program.
*Because KAATSU has systemic effects, it is recommended to also do KAATSU on the arms in addition to the legs.

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