Monday, June 29, 2020

3 Applications Of KAATSU For Athletes



Sprinters, middle-distance athletes, and distance specialists train differently, and have different body types, training strategies, and mindsets. This is true in running, swimming, cycling, speed skating and many different types of sports.

But all athletes can effectively and efficiently use the 3 basic levels of KAATSU:

*Level 1: KAATSU Cycle
*Level 2: KAATSU Performance
*Level 3: KAATSU Recovery

Level 1: KAATSU Cycle:
The KAATSU Cycle is a convenient, easy-to-use, automatic mode that requires no physical movement. It can be done anywhere (e.g., office cubicles, airplane seats, sofas at home, desks at school) anytime (e.g., before or after workouts), on the arms and separately on the legs. Before a workout, physical movement like stretching or an easy jog or calisthenics while the KAATSU Cycle mode is on can also be used.

During KAATSU Cycle mode, the KAATSU Air Bands remain connected to the KAATSU equipment (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Nano or KAATSU Cycle 2.0 units) and automatically inflates and deflates to pressures between 0 - 500 SKU.

It is recommended that athletes start with lower pressures on their first KAATSU Cycle set (e.g., Group Low on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or Level 1 on the KAATSU Master or 100 SKU on the KAATSU Nano). The second and subsequent sets can be increasingly set to higher pressures (e.g., Group Medium and Group High on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or Level 2-5 on the KAATSU Master or 150-400 SKU on the KAATSU Nano).

The KAATSU Cycle mode helps increase the vascular tissue elasticity and prepare the athlete for movement and a vigorous workout.

Level 2: KAATSU Performance
The KAATSU Training mode is ideal for any kind of athletic performance. After inflating the KAATSU Air Bands to your optimal SKU pressure, the bands are untethered (disconnected) from the KAATSU equipment so athletes can work on their starts or anything else from swings of a golf club to turns in a pool, especially after 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets have been completed.

KAATSU Performance is the most intense form of vigorous exercise and is highly aerobic. Athletes should always remain well hydrated before and during KAATSU - and should always monitor their CRT (Capillary Refill Time) and should immediately take off the bands if they feel lightheaded or uncomfortable.

Above is a short clip of elite sprinters working on short bursts of speed on a handful of hill runs in the KAATSU Training mode. Middle-distance and distance runners and swimmers can also utilize the KAATSU Training mode. They can combine distance (or duration) with pace, interval and pressure or KAATSU DPIP.

KAATSU DPIP
DPIP = Distance (or Duration) + Pace + Interval + Pressure

KAATSU Air Bands are inflated to an optimal SKU pressure so athletes can achieve a certain pace in a specific interval over a set distance or duration.

For example, a runner can run 8 x 400m at 2-minute intervals at a 1-minute pace with the KAATSU Air Band set at 100 SKU pressure. Swimmers can swim 8 x 100m at 1:45 intervals at a 1:20 pace with the KAATSU Air Band set at 100 SKU pressure.

Once this initial KAATSU DPIP set can be repeatedly achieved at 100 SKU (keeping the distance, pace and interval constant), the runners and swimmers can then increase their SKU pressure to 110 SKU. After the second set at 110 SKU can be repeatedly achieved (keeping everything constant), the runners and swimmers can then increase their SKU pressure to 120 SKU. They can continue to increase the pressure - or alternatively, increase their distance (or duration) or pace, or decrease their interval.

The SKU pressures used during the KAATSU 3-point Exercises are dependent upon the appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU pressures.

Level 3: KAATSU Recovery
The KAATSU Cycle mode is convenient and easy-to-use for post-workout recovery. The athletes can just sit and apply the KAATSU Air Bands to their arms and then their legs - or vice versa.

Some athletes prefer to do repeated KAATSU Cycle sets with the same SKU pressure. Other athletes prefer to start with a higher pressure and then decrease their pressure on subsequent sets. Other athletes prefer to do the opposite; they start with lower pressures and then increase their pressure on subsequent sets.

It is recommended that athletes start with lower pressures on their first KAATSU Cycle set (e.g., Group Low on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or Level 1 on the KAATSU Master or 100 SKU on the KAATSU Nano). The second and subsequent sets can be increasingly set to higher pressures (e.g., Group Medium and Group High on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or Level 2-5 on the KAATSU Master or 150-400 SKU on the KAATSU Nano).

The highest pressures that can be obtained are generally among athletes between ages 18-30 and decrease for both younger and older individuals. Dr Jim Stray-Gundersen explains, "There is an overlay of 'physiologic' age that modifies the chronological age. That is, older athletes who may have stiff, damaged arteries, should use relatively low pressures. Keep in mind what one is trying to do with KAATSU is find your optimal amount of venous outflow impediment so that otherwise easy exercises become unsustainable."



























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Thursday, June 25, 2020

KAATSU At Home With Laurel Kuzins Using The KAATSU Cycle 2.0

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 26th


Laurel Kuzins is a KAATSU Functional Mobility Specialist from Santa Monica, California who leads the daily KAATSU At Home workouts starting at 3 pm California time / 6 pm New York time Mondays through Fridays on Zoom or Instagram Live. These KAATSU workouts are aimed at Competitive Athletes (high school + collegiate + Olympian + professional + fitness + masters). She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 during the KAATSU At Home workouts.

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 24th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 23rd


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 22nd


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 19th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 18th


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stroke Survivors Do KAATSU



Rehabilitation and a positive mindset are critical to recovering from a stroke.

Strokes can vary in type and severity, and recovery from a stroke is difficult and often seems overwhelming. There are many stroke patients who incorporate KAATSU in their rehabilitation.

Al is one example. The Southern Californian experienced a stroke in 1999 and he began KAATSU in June 2020 - and saw immediate improvement in his pain management and mobility.

These are the standard KAATSU protocols that he, his KAATSU Master Specialist Dave Carlson, and other stroke survivors follow:

1. Only use the KAATSU Cycle mode. Do not use the KAATSU Training mode.
2. Use conservative (i.e., low) pressure in the beginning and at the start of each KAATSU session. This would be Group Low on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 unit.
3. Be able to put a single finger between the KAATSU Air Bands on your skin.
4. Your skin should have a pink or red tone to it with your KAATSU Air Bands on; your skin should not appear blue, gray or white. The goal is to have blood engorged in your limbs; the goal is not to prevent blood from going into your limbs.
4. Put your KAATSU Air Bands over your clothing.
5. Be well hydrated before and during each KAATSU session.
6. Use KAATSU frequently (1-2 times per day) for optimal and quick improvement.
7. Do 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets per session. For example, you can do:
(a) 3-6 sets of the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 on Group Low pressure, or
(b) 3-6 sets of the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 with 1-2 sets on Group Low, 1-2 sets on Group Medium, and then 1-2 sets on Group High pressure
8. First, do KAATSU on your arms. Then, do KAATSU on your legs. But never wear the KAATSU Air Bands on both your arms and legs together.
9. Do simple movements with your KAATSU Air Bands on your arms in the KAATSU Cycle mode (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions, Ball Squeezes, Holding and Writing with a Pen). There is no need to do push-ups or lift weights with the KAATSU Air Bands.
10. Do simple movements with your KAATSU Air Bands on your legs in the KAATSU Cycle mode (e.g., Toe Curls, Toe Raises, Sitting Heel Raises, Standing Leg Curls, Quadriceps Contractions, Easy Walking).
11. In the beginning, you can place the KAATSU Air Bands only on your affected limbs. That is, if your right arm is affected by the stroke, use the KAATSU Air Bands only on the right arm.

These protocols have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

The KAATSU Choice: Higher Pressures Over Heavy Weights



Most personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and exercise physiologists believe that optimal muscle building requires lifting of weights or doing resistance exercises. This leads to DOMS (Delayed-onset muscle soreness) that is felt after a hard workout and acute muscle soreness that is felt during or immediately after a workout.

Conventional wisdom is that the heavier the weight and/or the more repetitions or time in the gym, the larger and faster muscles will develop.

The muscle-building process leads to DMOS where the muscle fibers are damaged while weight lifting, and leads to the secretion of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) that results in muscle recovery, growth and size.

Practically, this means that if you are bench pressing 50 kg in 3 sets of 12 repetitions, and then gradually increase the weight to 55 kg in 3 sets of 12 repetitions, then not only are you psychologically satisfied with your performance, but you are also getting stronger and most probably bigger in size.

And usually sore for a while after every weight training session.

Figuratively speaking, a strength and conditioning coach wants their athletes to lift more weights over more repetitions.

Let’s imagine that those weights are rocks. Let’s place those rocks in a bucket and ask the athlete to lift those imaginary buckets.

If the coach wants to increase their weight of that bucket, he will add another rock. But at some point, the bucket will be filled and no more rocks can be added.

But what if those rocks were replaced by sand? Rocks are clearly heavier than sand. But, if we filled the bucket with sand - tiny particles of little rocks - the overall weight of the sand-filled bucket will be even greater than a bucket filled with larger, heavier rocks.

Now imagine the coach wants to increase the weight of the bucket for his athlete. He cannot add another rock, but he can add some additional sand.

The sand enables micro increases of weight in a way that rocks cannot. This can enable the coach to help his athlete very gradually and very minutely increase the weight and performance gains.

Now figuratively imagine, a clever coach used powder instead of sand in his imaginary weight training bucket. Powder is obviously lighter than sand and significantly lighter than rocks. But powder enables the coach to very precisely and gradually increase the weight and strength of his athlete.

Essentially, the sand and the powder enables a more precise means to very incrementally increase the strength and performance of an athlete.

Using KAATSU is similar to this analogy of using rocks versus sand versus powder.

KAATSU equipment enables strength and conditioning coaches to very precisely and MUCH more frequently increase the strength and size of their athletes in addition to their speed and stamina.

The preciseness and specificity that is enabled by KAATSU equipment is unparalleled. With KAATSU equipment, one pressure point increase is the figurative and literal amount that is equivalent to a single grain of sand or tiny bits of powder. For elite athletes who seek victory by being only incrementally faster, better, and stronger than their opponents, KAATSU - or the equivalent of adding sand or powder to your bucket - can be the incremental difference.

Likewise, for a stroke victim or a paraplegic who is striving to make only slight incremental improvements in their movements or strength, KAATSU enables the tiny increases in their Quality of Life. Performed regularly and ideally daily for less than 20 minutes per day, these incremental increases in performance and in the Quality of Life makes significant changes in the lives of healthy athletes and injured individuals.

Some younger and some male athletes frequently want to lift heavy weights with their KAATSU Air Bands on.1 But it is not necessary to get bigger and stronger. The real key is two-fold:

* do KAATSU Cycles before and during the strength-training session
* finish off with some KAATSU Training
* increase the SKU pressure of the KAATSU Air Bands in the KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Training mode instead of adding resistance (weights) to your lifts2

1 As shown with New York Mets' Yoenis Céspedes in the ESPN report above.
2 If you want to feel some resistance, you can use very light weights (e.g., water bottle or light dumbbells) and/or contract your muscles in the both the positive and negative directions.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Tightening The Skin With KAATSU

Optimal movements to help improve​ and tighten loose folds of skin due to surgery and significant weight loss include the exercises described below. Tightening the skin and underlying muscle will take some time, but improvement is best achieved by doing 2 KAATSU sessions per day with 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets on both your arms and legs:

Upper Body with KAATSU Air Bands on your Arms
> in the KAATSU Cycle mode

1. Extend your arm outwards from your body and rotate your arms clockwise and counterclockwise. Keep your arms in the same position, approximately at shoulder height, but twist your wrists as far as possible in the clockwise direction and then in the opposite (counterclockwise) direction. Move your arms slowly rather than quickly.
2. Let your arms hang naturally downwards from your body while you walk and alternately rotate your arms in the clockwise and counterclockwise​ directions.
3. Do the Standard KAATSU 3-Point Arm Exercises that include Hand Clenches + Biceps Curls + Triceps Extension, optimally performed slowly.

Lower Body - KAATSU Air Bands on your Legs
> in the KAATSU Cycle mode
1. Walk comfortably. Optimally and ideally, you can walk barefoot on the sand or, alternatively, on grass or uphill.
2. Do Standard KAATSU 3-Point Leg Exercises that include Standing Heel Raises + Standing Leg Curls (bringing heels to buttocks) + Non-lock (Partial) Quarter Squats. One set is performed with toes pointed inwards; another set is performed with the toes pointed outwards; last set is performed with the feet pointed straight (normally).

Core - KAATSU Air Bands on your Legs
> in the KAATSU Cycle mode
1. Balance on one foot for xx seconds. Do 3 times. Then balance on the other foot for xx seconds and do 3 times.
2. Walk comfortably with a small book on your head.
3. Play with a Hula Hoop.
4. Stretch your legs and lower back normally.

Chin and Jaw - KAATSU Air Bands on your Arms
> in the KAATSU Cycle mode
1. Repeatedly pronounce vowels ("...a-e-i-o-u...") with exaggerated movement of jaw and mouth.
2. Move your head upwards and downwards slowly.
3. Turn your head left and right.
4. Rotate your head left and right.

For more information on aesthetic applications of KAATSU, visit here and here and here.

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KAATSU For Explosive Strength And Vertical Leap Increase






























Aaron Gordon, an NBA basketball player from the Orlando Magic, is considered one of the most athletic players in the NBA. His dramatic dunks have captivated fans for years.

John Murray of Murray Athletic Development first introduced KAATSU to Gordon who uses the KAATSU Master unit.

Like Gordon, athletes who focus on basketball, football, soccer, rugby, volleyball, and many other sports focus on explosiveness, acceleration, agility, and their vertical leap abilities. This is where use of the KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Training modalities can make incremental differences and help athletes reach their true potential.

In a test witnessed by Dave Durden, the 2020 USA Olympic Swim Team coach and 5-time NCAA Coach of the Year, one of the University of California Berkeley Assistant Athletic Performance coaches wanted to focus on KAATSU effects on performance. Steven Munatones recalls the test with Joel Smith, "Joel was not focused on recovery or rehabilitation with the KAATSU equipment, but rather on performance. So he did 3 KAATSU Cycles, with progressively higher pressures, on his arms. We walked right over to the gym after the 12 minutes of KAATSU Cycles was finished in order to shoot 5 free throws - without a warm-up. 3 shot were beautiful swishes, 1 ball bounced around the rim and went in, and 1 ball bounced out.

Joel responded, 'I felt very good, more fluid, with a greater mind-body connection.'


KAATSU passed the initial performance test, however rudimentary it was.

Then we did one more KAATSU Cycle on his leg at a fairly low pressure. We tested his vertical leap with a vertical leap measurement device in the Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus. Even without a warm-up, he leaped 26.0 inches; he said 'It was a lifetime best'. Joel was surprised, but I was not because not only were his vascular tissue with his limbs were made more elastic with the KAATSU Cycles on his arms and legs, but he had already done 16 minutes of KAATSU Cycles and a hormonal response was well underway.

Joel said that in order for KAATSU to be scientifically and statistically valid that he needed to leap at least one inch more than his best. We took up this challenge. The next two sets of KAATSU Cycles were done with a higher manual Base SKU and higher Optimal SKU levels while he did 2 more KAATSU Cycles with the KAATSU leg bands (at 350 SKU).

He walked up to the vertical leap measurement device and jumped again. 27.2 inches.

He did it again and leaped 27.5 inches. He leaped a fourth time and did 27.5 inches again. It was 1.5 inches greater than his max. Test passed
."

Detailed training recommendations for increasing one's vertical leap over the course of a short duration (1-2 weeks) or over the duration of a season include the following:

1. Do 6 KAATSU Cycles on the arms at progressively higher pressures to warm-up or work on the arms (optional, if time is limited). Remove KAATSU Air Bands from the arms and place KAATSU Air Bands on the legs.
2. Do 6 KAATSU Cycles on the legs at progressively higher pressures to warm-up the legs ((e.g., Group Low > Group Medium > Group High > Pro Low > Medium > Group High.
3. During the first 3 KAATSU Cycles, simply stretch or walk around. During the last 3 KAATSU Cycles, begin some easy and light jumping.
4. Remove KAATSU Air Bands from legs.
5. Do some aggressive jumping or vertical leap drills.
6. Place KAATSU Air Bands on the legs at a sufficiently high pressure.
7. Do vertical leap drills until legs are burned out. Remove bands, rehydrate and stretch a bit.
8. After fully recovered, do a few more vertical leap drills to complete working on explosiveness and vertical leap.

Kevin Perrott, PhD of OpenCures explains a bit what happens biochemically after sets of KAATSU Cycles:



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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

KAATSU At Home With Laurel Kuzins Using The KAATSU Cycle 2.0

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 16th


Laurel Kuzins is a KAATSU Functional Mobility Specialist from Santa Monica, California who leads the daily KAATSU At Home workouts starting at 3 pm California time / 6 pm New York time Mondays through Fridays on Zoom or Instagram Live. These KAATSU workouts are aimed at Competitive Athletes (high school + collegiate + Olympian + professional + fitness + masters). She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 during the KAATSU At Home workouts.

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 15th


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Friday, June 12, 2020

KAATSU At Home With Laurel Kuzins Using The KAATSU Cycle 2.0

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 12th


Laurel Kuzins is a KAATSU Functional Mobility Specialist from Santa Monica, California who leads the daily KAATSU At Home workouts starting at 3 pm California time / 6 pm New York time Mondays through Fridays on Zoom or Instagram Live. These KAATSU workouts are aimed at Competitive Athletes (high school + collegiate + Olympian + professional + fitness + masters). She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 during the KAATSU At Home workouts.

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 11th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 10th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 9th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 8th


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 5th


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Effects Of KAATSU On Post-lockdown Performance



Chris Morgan, head coach of Gator Swim Club in Massachusetts and the 2008 Swiss Olympic swim team coach, discussed the effects of doing 3 months of home-use KAATSU and backyard pool workouts on his athletes' immediate and short-term post-lockdown performance in the swimming pool.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mobility And Movement Improvements With Older Users



Samuel Amorim, the leading KAATSU Master Specialist in Brazil and many other KAATSU Master Specialists around the world are helping their older patients improve their mobility and range of motion after doing repeated KAATSU Cycles.

In many cases, the older patients purchase their own KAATSU Cycle 2.0 unit and continue to make significant improvements after they can use the equipment at the comfort of their own home, optimally twice per day using the KAATSU Cycle mode.

Amorim initially warms up his clients and patients with the KAATSU Cycle while they are sitting and stretching. Then, they do a variety of exercises following the standard KAATSU protocols with resistance bands.



Additional KAATSU Brasil activities are posted on both Facebook and Instagram.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

KAATSU At The Digital Running Show























Following the postponement of The National Running Show London to 2021, the Digital Running Show will be held online on June 13th - 14th 2020 in partnership with Children with Cancer UK.

KAATSU Global will present how KAATSU Cycle mode and KAATSU Training mode are used by sprinters, hurdlers, middle-distance runners, distance runners, ultra-marathon runners, triathletes, extreme athletes and recreational runners for performance gains, rehabilitation purposes, and recovery from vigorous training sessions and competition.





For more information, visit nationalrunningshow.com/digital.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

KAATSU At Home With Laurel Kuzins Using The KAATSU Cycle 2.0

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 4th


Laurel Kuzins is a KAATSU Functional Mobility Specialist from Santa Monica, California who leads the daily KAATSU At Home workouts starting at 3 pm California time / 6 pm New York time Mondays through Fridays on Zoom or Instagram Live. These KAATSU workouts are aimed at Competitive Athletes (high school + collegiate + Olympian + professional + fitness + masters). She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 during the KAATSU At Home workouts.

KAATSU At Home Workout on June 3rd


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 2nd


KAATSU At Home Workout on June 1st


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