Monday, September 4, 2023

KAATSU Users on An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast

William Ellis, the co-founder and host of An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast, recently completed a 65 km Round Jersey solo circumnavigation swim in 9 hours 52 minutes. His September 2nd swim was the eighth fastest time in history.

Ellis previously interviewed two other KAATSU users in on the podcast that is listed as the #1 UK Swimming Podcast on Chartable. Ellis, Steven Munatones, and John Doolittle all utilize the KAATSU C3 model for recovery after their swimming workouts:

2.5 An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast with John Doolittle - listen here
Ellis described the episode, "I was honoured to chat to former Navy Seal John Doolittle. John swam The English Channel in memory of his friend Neil Roberts who was the first Seal killed in combat after 911; John continues to raise money for fallen and injured servicemen and their families through swimming. We chat about all sorts on this one including shallow water blackouts, hammerhead breeding grounds and boxing Eagle Rays... a man who has been around the world many times over as a special forces operative, seen it and done it: and what a lovely bloke to top it all off."

3.3 An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast with Steven Munatones - listen here
Ellis describe the episode, "I so enjoyed this talk with the legendary Steven Munatones: he has written about the sport since the 60’s and is one of the most influential people in the world of Open Water Swimming. He founded the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Oceans Seven and is a marathon swimmer, water polo player, commentator, race director, coach and recent winner of the annual SCAR race held in Arizona (more of that in the chat). He needs no introduction to anyone connected to the sport. It’s an honour to welcome him onto the show."

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Daddy Is Amazing! William Ellis Rounds Jersey

William Ellis, the co-founder and host of An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast, completed a 65 km Round Jersey solo circumnavigation swim in 9 hours 52 minutes. His September 2nd swim was the eighth fastest time in history.

Ellis explains the motivation for his swim, "Our son Odie has a rare genetic syndrome called Mowat-Wilson Syndrome. Since diagnosis, we have found ourselves dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions and logistical hoops to jump through in what is a new norm for us all. There is so much involved in having a child with differences including a lot of communication, paperwork and applications for assistance.

We have, and are still, receiving a huge amount of help from a charity called Amaze.

Amaze help families who have children with disabilities, both emotionally and giving information, advice and support to families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children. We could not have navigated this journey so far without their help and most importantly compassion. All  of the staff have children with disabilities so can truly understand and empathize how we are processing and learning this new unknown.

I would love to be able to give back to these “AMAZE”ing  people who have helped us beyond expectation and made us feel welcomed and supported in a time which is so alien and disorientating. 

When you’re cast into an unknown all you need is an anchor or a glimmer of hope, this charity provides that beyond expectation.  Please give anything, nothing is too small
."

To donate to his charity swim and add to his 114 supporters to date, visit here.

The KAATSU user recalled, "It was a wonderful swim - all helped by KAATSU. I love the bands, which were instrumental in my recovery. They’ve helped enormously."

To listen to Ellis interviewing dozens of open water swimmers, tune into An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast here.

To learn more about Ellis, listen to his Marathon Swim Story here with Shannon House.

Amaze (www.amazesussex.org.uk) helps families with disabled children and young people tackle issues such as poverty, school exclusion, social isolation, physical and mental ill-health and poor housing by providing high quality and impartial information, advice and support.

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Different Types of KAATSU Walking

People of all ages perform KAATSU Walking.

Users can either use their KAATSU Air Bands on their arms or legs while doing KAATSU Walking. They do this extremely effective, efficient, safe application of KAATSU for a variety of reasons and applications, preferably in the KAATSU Cycle mode:

Weight Maintenance or Weight Loss

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for weight maintenance or weight loss is to use the arm bands first as a warm-up modality before you begin your KAATSU Walking session. Then, switch to the leg bands on the KAATSU Cycle mode in the Low Pressure setting and begin walking. If you want to apply more stress, then you can switch to the Medium Pressure setting, and then to the High Pressure setting as you wish and as you can.
• Make sure to place the leg bands around your upper legs while you are sitting down; not while you are standing up. Apply the bands with a "one-finger tightness".
• Make sure to be well-hydrated before and during your KAATSU Walking session.
• Immediately take off the bands if you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. This is an indication that the leg bands are on too tightly.
• Walk barefoot in the sand for the most vigorous KAATSU Walking session.
• Alternatively, you can walk on grass or uphill for a more intense workout.
• You can also walk on a treadmill while it is set on a slight or moderate incline.

Muscle Strengthening of the Upper Body

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for muscle strengthening of the upper body is to use the arm bands first as a warm-up modality before you begin your KAATSU Walking session. Then, keep the arm bands on the KAATSU Cycle mode in the Low Pressure setting and begin walking. If you want to apply more stress, then you can switch to the Medium Pressure setting, and then to the High Pressure setting as you wish and as you can.
• Repeatedly contract and relax the muscles of your arms while you are walking. You can do biceps curls or triceps extensions or hand clenches as you walk. The more that you contract your arm muscles while walking, the more impactful KAATSU will be.
• You can continue walking at a comfortable pace as you work your arms.
• Make sure to place the bands around your upper arms with a "one-finger tightness".
• Make sure to be well-hydrated before and during your KAATSU Walking session.
• Immediately take off the bands if you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. This is an indication that either the arm bands are on too tightly or the stress of the workout is too much.
• Walk barefoot in the sand for the most vigorous KAATSU Walking session.
• Alternatively, you can walk on grass or uphill for a more vigorous workout while moving your arms.
• You can also walk on a treadmill while it is set on a slight or moderate incline.

Overall Stamina Building and Muscle Strengthening of the Lower Body

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for stamina building and muscle strengthening of the lower body is to use the arm bands first as a warm-up modality before you begin your KAATSU Walking session. Then, put the leg bands on the KAATSU Cycle mode in the Low Pressure setting and begin walking. If you want to apply more stress, then you can switch to the Medium Pressure setting, and then to the High Pressure setting as you wish and as you can.
• Start with a comfortable pace and increase your pace as you wish.
• Make sure to place the bands around your upper legs with a "one-finger tightness" while you are sitting down (not standing up).
• Make sure to be well-hydrated before and during your KAATSU Walking session.
• Immediately take off the bands if you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. This is an indication that either the leg bands are on too tightly or the stress of the workout is too much.
• Walk barefoot in the sand for the most vigorous KAATSU Walking session.
• Alternatively, you can walk on grass or uphill for a more vigorous workout while moving your arms.
• You can also walk on a treadmill while it is set on a slight or moderate incline.

Longevity and Wellness

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for longevity and overall wellness is to use the arm bands first as a warm-up modality before you begin your KAATSU Walking session. Then, put the leg bands on the KAATSU Cycle mode in the Low Pressure setting and begin walking. If you want to apply more stress, then you can switch to the Medium Pressure setting, and then to the High Pressure setting as you wish and as you can.
• Start with a comfortable pace and increase your pace as you wish. But a comfortable pace, performed for 15-30 minutes per day in the Low Pressure setting in the KAATSU Cycle mode is sufficient.
• Make sure to place the bands around your upper legs with a "one-finger tightness" while you are sitting down (not standing up).
• Make sure to be well-hydrated before and during your KAATSU Walking session.
• Immediately take off the bands if you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. This is an indication that either the leg bands are on too tightly or the stress of the workout is too much.
• Comfortably walk barefoot in the sand for the most strenuous KAATSU Walking session.
• Alternatively, you can walk on grass or uphill for a more vigorous working while constantly moving your arms.
• You can also walk on a treadmill while it is set on a slight or moderate incline, at a comfortable pace.

Core Strengthening

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for core strengthening is to use the arm bands first as a warm-up modality before you begin your KAATSU Walking session. Then, put the leg bands on the KAATSU Cycle mode in the Low Pressure setting and begin walking slowly with a book on your head. Keep your shoulders back and walk with perfect posture with a straight spine and a balanced gait.
• Continue to walk until the book falls off your head. Reset the book and continue walking.
• For a more difficult challenge (for those with outstanding balance), hold two water bottles (or very light weights) in both hands and move your arms assymetically while you are walking.
• Alternatively, you can do Hand Clenches as you walk with the book balanced on your head.

KAATSU Hybrid

• The most effective KAATSU Walking for overall fitness is to alternate each of these applications (e.g., Monday: Weight Maintenance or Weight Loss + Tuesday: Muscle Strengthening of the Upper Body + Wednesday: Overall Stamina Building and Muscle Strengthening of the Lower Body + Thursday: Longevity and Wellness + Friday: Core Strengthening) described above on different days of the week.
• A variety of stress applied to different parts of the body performed daily will have a very positive cumulative effect.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

How Do Extreme Athletes Use KAATSU?

Are you going to climb Mount Everest? Will you cycle across the continental USA or Europe? Do you plan to swim across the English Channel?

Are you entered in a triathlon or a marathon? Are you entered in a 10K run or a Mud Run? Going on a long kayaking trip or going on a multi-day hiking adventure?

Do you plan to challenge yourself and go way out of your comfort zone? Will you try something extraordinarily difficult that you have never done before – but have always dreamed of accomplishing?

If so, then KAATSU is a modality that can help you reach your goals.

How do extreme athletes – of any age of any ability in any sport – use KAATSU in the preparations?

Three Ways

• For athletic performance
• For injury rehabilitation
• For workout recovery

However, the use of KAATSU in all these areas is non-intuitive.

That is, if you want to run faster, you can use KAATSU while you are walking or sitting. If you want to get stronger, you can use KAATSU for strength building with much lighter weights or lower resistance. If you want to get rid of metabolic waste after an intense workout, then just sit and relax with your KAATSU equipment.

The use of KAATSU equipment and protocol is the catalyst to complex internal physiological mechanisms. These mechanisms enable the increase in elasticity of your vascular tissue and serve as the catalyst for robust hormonal responses. Through these biochemical reactions in your body, athletic performances can be improved, injury rehabilitation can be quickened, and workout recovery can be enhanced.

Stamina, Strength, Speed

For athletic performance, you can increase your stamina and speed by increasing the elasticity of your vascular tissue throughout your body, especially in your working muscles. The vascular tissue in your body is ubiquitous. If you took all the arteries, veins, and capillaries in your entire body and laid them end to end, you could circle the Earth two times. That is how much vascular tissue the human body is necessary to circulate approximately 5 liters (or 1.2 – 1.5 gallons) of blood in our bodies.

Athletes can accomplish this while at rest or during movement. At rest, you can simply by repeat Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets, starting at the Low Pressure setting and advancing to higher settings (i.e., Medium and High). During movement (training), you can use the KAATSU Constant mode and replicate the movement in your chosen sport or activity.

That is, extreme athletes can literally walk at a comfortable pace (or increase to a Power Walk) with the KAATSU Air Bands on their legs, either in the KAATSU Cycle mode or the KAATSU Constant mode. With the increase in vascular elasticity during movement, blood flows more efficiently in and out of your working muscles.

The same is true when you are at rest, perhaps relaxing at home before or after workouts, or doing the KAATSU Cycle mode while you are writing emails, reading, studying, or making plans for your event.

You can also do speed work with the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms or legs. This speed work can take less than 10 minutes. Then, in an ideal situation, you can remove the KAATSU Air Bands and repeat your drill or set without the bands. Athletes report they feel “lighter” and faster as a result.

Practical Performance Protocols

Practical performance protocols include the following:

• You can do KAATSU before, during, or after each workout or training session.
• Each session can include use of the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms, and then subsequently on your legs.
• Always be well hydrated before and during your KAATSU sessions.
• Each session can include up to 6 KAATSU Cycle sets, performed both on your arms and legs.
• Each session, if you so choose, can also include up to 10 minutes of KAATSU Constant on either your arms or legs (but never both simultaneously together).
• Always start in the Low Pressure setting and then advance to the Medium (and High, if possible or desired) Pressure settings.
• If you are a leg-dominant athlete (e.g., a runner or cyclist), you can focus more on your legs.
• Conversely, if you are an arm-dominant athlete (e.g., a marathon swimmer), you can focus more on your arms.
• For increased core strength, you can use the KAATSU Air Bands on your legs, and then balance on one foot – or walk around with a book on your head with a straight spine and shoulders back.

Rehabilitation

For athletes who experience overuse injuries of their connective tissue (ligaments or tendons) or muscles, KAATSU can be critical part of your overall physical therapy.

Similarly, for athletes whose limbs must be temporarily immobilized in a cast or sling due to a broken bone (foot, finger, hand, foot, arm, or leg, or even broken ribs or clavicle, repeated KAATSU Cycle sets are an essential modality that can help you avoid muscle atrophy and significant strength or stamina loss. This is also true if you must temporarily use a wheelchair, leg brace, or foot boot.

Practical Rehabilitation Protocols

Practical rehabilitation protocols include the following:

• Do 2-3 sessions of KAATSU daily (e.g., morning, afternoon, and evening within an hour of going to bed).
• Each session can include use of the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms, and then subsequently on your legs.
• Always be well hydrated before and during your KAATSU sessions.
• Each session can include 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets, performed both on your arms and legs.
• There is no need to do KAATSU Constant.
• Always start in the Low Pressure setting and then advance to the Medium (and High, if possible or desired) Pressure settings.
• If you wish, you can also do “single-limb KAATSU” where you place the band on only the injured arm or leg. This single-limb KAATSU helps focus the utilization of healing hormones on the injured side.

Recovery

For athletes who are training hard daily or twice daily, or competing in athletic events, Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets can be performed immediately after intense workouts or after bouts of competition to effectively and efficiently remove metabolic waste that have built up in your muscles. Blood engorges your vascular tissue for 30 seconds during the inflation phase. Then, the KAATSU Air Bands alternatively deflate (decompress) and the metabolic waste efficiently flushes out of the muscle during the repeated cycles.

These repeated KAATSU Cycle sets are a highly effective modality to help avoid or minimize muscle soreness and sustained fatigue.

Practical Recovery Protocols

Practical recovery protocols include the following:

• Do sessions of KAATSU immediately (or as soon as possible) after each workout or bout of competition. It can be done after training, games, and between preliminary heats, semifinal heats, and the finals.
• Each session can include use of the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms and/or your legs.
• Always be well hydrated during your KAATSU sessions.
• Each session can include up to 6 KAATSU Cycle sets, performed both on your arms and legs.
• Always start in the Low Pressure setting and then advance to the Medium (and High, if desired) Pressure settings.
• If you are a leg-dominant athlete (e.g., a runner or cyclist), you can focus more on the recovery of your legs.
• Conversely, if you are an arm-dominant athlete (e.g., a marathon swimmer), you can focus more on the recovery of your arms.
• You can start at whatever Pressure setting that you are comfortable with. Athletes often have different preferences given different scenarios and conditions.
• If you are a leg-dominant athlete (e.g., a runner or cyclist), you can focus more on the recovery of your legs.
• Conversely, if you are an arm-dominant athlete (e.g., a marathon swimmer), you can focus more on the recovery of your arms.
• You can also use the KAATSU Cycle sets during travel across multiple time zones to help moderate your interrupted circadian rhythm.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Unboxing and Using the Revolutionary KAATSU B1



The Bluetooth-enabled KAATSU B1 device is the newest model in the KAATSU product line.

The B1 operates via a smartphone, either an Android or iOS app. The B1 can be safely utilized anywhere anytime by anyone with a smartphone.


Costs

• The KAATSU B1 - Dual Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,499.99. The 2 Wearable units are interchangeable between KAATSU Arm Air Bands and KAATSU Leg Air Bands.
• The KAATSU B1 - Quad Model comes with 4 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,999.99.
• The KAATSU B1 - Leg & Core Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,349.99.
• The KAATSU B1 - Arm Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,299.99.
• There is an optional 2-year warranty for $199.99, an optional KAATSU Masters Specialist Course for $250, an optional KAATSU CEU Course that will be offered for $799.99 by year-end 2022, and an optional Masimo MightySat Finger Pulse Oximeter for $299.

Applications & Operations

• The KAATSU protocols (applications) are the same as used with previous KAATSU models (i.e., KAATSU Master, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU M3, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU C3) and are based on clinical evidence derived from decades of research in the Japan, China, United States, and United Kingdom.
• The ultra-lightweight B1 Wearable units are connected with the arm and leg KAATSU Air Bands that control the inflation and deflation of uniquely designed internal pneumatic bladders. The bands do not impede arterial flow and only serve to gently, repeatedly, gradually, and briefly modify venous flow with KAATSU’s patented customizable Cycle pressure modes.
• Either one or two B1 Air Bands can be worn at a time, for single-limb or double-limb KAATSU. Like all other KAATSU Air Bands, the bands are placed on either your upper arms or upper legs. The Wearable units and bands are operated by the KAATSU B1 app on your smartphone. The KAATSU app is available on both iOS and Android.
• The KAATSU B1 app captures, archives, and analyzes your individual usage data that can be shared with physicians, therapists, coaches, trainers, chiropractors, teammates, and compared with others in the KAATSU Performance ecosystem.

KAATSU B1 versus KAATSU C3 or KAATSU Cycle 2.0 Advantages

• Tubeless: The KAATSU B1 does not require connector tubes as with earlier KAATSU models. This allows users to have more mobility and freedom of movement in order to meet performance, recovery, wellness, and rehabilitation needs. The B1 is tangle-free without any risk of tripping on connector tubes.
• Data Capture: Real-time usage data is captured, archived, analyzed, and can be shared on both an individual and group basis.
• Clinical Applications: Medical professionals, therapists, trainers, and coaches can access usage data and provide remote diagnoses and therapeutic and training recommendations to users.
• KAATSU Ecosystem: The KAATSU B1 and KAATSU M3 share a common database so medical professionals, therapists, and coaches can use the M3 in a clinical setting and the user can use the B1 at home or at work with usage data shared across the B1 and M3 platforms.

KAATSU Benefits

• On a cellular level, KAATSU increases vascular elasticity, naturally produces a robust hormonal response and healthful metabolites, and improves oxygen and blood flow.
• Physiologically, these biochemical reactions lead to better health safely and faster.
• Unlike other BFR equipment, there is no occlusion of arterial blood flow which significantly increases its safety profile.

B1 Advantages

• The KAATSU B1 is ideal and easy to use for both active and non-active individuals whether able-bodied, injured, or disabled, users of all ages, coaches, trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and physicians.
• Global analyses of multiple parameters is enabled (by gender, age, application, pressure, BMI, etc.). Over time, this aggregated and comparative data will help educate future users and KAATSU Specialists on optimal usage patterns and applications.
• The KAATSU Ecosystem now includes 3 models at three different price points that are attractive for different types of users:
o C3 at $999.99 is the lowest cost model, ideal for individual use
o B1 at $1,499.99 is the mid-range model, ideal for individual and military/team/group use who desire data analyses and individual data storage on their smartphones
o M3 at $4,999.99 is the clinical model, ideal for hospitals, medical clinics, rehabilitation and wellness centers

Dual versus Quad Model Advantages

The primary advantages of KAATSU B1 Quad Model (with 4 Wearable units) versus the KAATSU B1 Dual Model (with 2 Wearable units) are as follows:

• Two people can simultaneously use the KAATSU B1 Quad Model. That is, a husband and wife or 2 teammates can use 2 Wearable units each, enabling them to workout together. In this case, one partner uses the arm bands while the other partner uses the leg bands - meanwhile all the data is captured on each of their own respective smartphones.
• Users do not have to remove and put back on the 2 Wearable units each time they transition from using their arm and leg bands. That is, they just keep the 4 Wearable units on the arm bands and leg bands all the time. The units can be charged simultaneously while the units stay on the bands.
• Users can share their Wearable units and bands with others who might be interested in learning more about KAATSU at the same time the original user is demonstrating the KAATSU B1 with 1 Wearable unit on 1 band. The system also enables single-limb use.
• In the case that 1 Wearable unit is damaged, gets wet, or is not charged, a user has the choice to interchangeable use their other 3 Wearable units so there is no downtime.




KAATSU B1 Package

• KAATSU B1 Wearables: 2 units in the Dual Model or 4 units in the Quad Model
• 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands
• 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands
• 2 KAATSU Arm Wearable covers
• 2 KAATSU Leg Wearable covers
• USB Type-C dual charger (to simultaneously charge 2 units)
• Black carrying case
• Android or iOS app
• KAATSU Performance (cloud-based database)
• Online KAATSU Education Program
• KAATSU Magazines
• Optional Masimo MightSat Finger Pulse Oximeter
• Customized training program (if desired)


Differences between the KAATSU C3 and KAATSU B1 Models

• KAATSU C3 has connector tubes; KAATSU B1 does not
• KAATSU C3 was developed to meet the rugged needs of tactical athletes (i.e., soldiers) who occasionally train in harsh, dusty, muddy, rainy conditions
• KAATSU C3 device easily fits in a shirt or pants pocket or be clipped to a pair of shorts, pants, or tights; KAATSU B1 Wearable units are attached to the KAATSU Air Bands.
• KAATSU C3 costs $999; KAATSU B1 starts at $1,299.
• KAATSU C3 and KAATSU B1 Air Bands are not interchangeable

For more information on the KAATSU B1, visit here.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Using KAATSU with Rowing Machines, Stationary Bicycles, and Treadmills

When athletes use KAATSU equipment with a rowing machine, a treadmill, an elliptical machine, a statinary bicycle or TRX straps, they can use their KAATSU equipment before, during, and/or after each training session.

There are numerous options to use the KAATSU Air Bands at the standard pressure settings (Low, Medium, or High) or customized settings (ranging from very low to very high) at different durations.

Before The Training Session
> Use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle function as a warm-up. One standard option is to do 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the Low pressure setting, followed by 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the Medium pressure setting, and followed by 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the High pressure setting, either or both on my arms and legs (if there is sufficient time).
> If time were an issue, then the user can either "double stack" or choose either arms or legs.
> By "double stacking", users can proceed with their daily activities (e.g., working in the office, writing emails, reading, walking the dog, stretching) while in the KAATSU Cycle mode. That is, proceed with a primary activity (e.g., writing emails) while the KAATSU Air Bands are on either the arms or legs in the Cycle mode. Therefore, their primary activities are not being interupted; rather, they are "double stacking" and achieving two things at once.
> The purpose of these Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets is to prepare your vascular system for an optimal workout.

During The Training Session
> Athletes can alternate using the KAATSU Air Bands on their arms or legs as they wish.
> Depending on the type of rowing, running, or cycling workout they do (e.g., at a steady moderate cadence or at an intense pace), the pressure settings can change. However, for most users, either the Low or Medium pressure setting is sufficient. Perhaps over time, the athletes may increase to Medium and High, but this is highly individualistic and depending on the type of workout.
> In general, these in-training sessions with KAATSU Air Bands is limited to 10 minutes.


After The Training Session
> Post-training is an ideal time to do recovery KAATSU Cycle sets.
> After the workout, the athletes can simply relax with the KAATSU Air Bands on either their arms or legs (whichever felt the most fatigued) in either the Low, Medium, or High pressure setting.

This may sound like a lot of KAATSU Cycle sets, but it is not always necessary to do KAATSU before, during and after each training session. Seriously minded and elite athletes can, but mixing up the duration, intensity, pressure, and use on the arms or legs enables flexibility.

However, if given a choice, doing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets before the training sessions may be the most beneficial over time for many people. Alternatively, doing post-training KAATSU sessions could be either a primary or secondary priority depending on the needs and focus on the athlete - which can change depending if the athlete is in the off-season, pre-season, in-season, and championship season.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Utilizing KAATSU On The Sand and In The Water




Los Alamitos High School girls water polo team trains hard, utilizing innovative means during their dryland and in-water workouts to develop stamina, increase upper and lower body and core strength, and enhance speed, leading up to the 2022-2023 CIF Southern Section water polo playoffs.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

How Extreme Sports Athletes Can Use KAATSU

Many extreme sports athletes use KAATSU for enhanced athletic performance, injury rehabilitation, and post-workout, post-competition recovery.

These extreme athletes include cylists, marathon swimmers, mountaineers, big-wave surfers, ice swimmers, ultrarunners, triathletes, channel swimmers, motor sports athletes (car + motorcycle), acrobats, divers, and many others in a wide variety of athletic endeavors.

The athletes utilize KAATSU for the following applications:


Athletic Performance
* KAATSU can be used either as a finisher in a workout or for an entire strength-building session in the gym.
* KAATSU can be used in combination with any fitness equipment (e.g., treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, barbells, dumbbells, TRX straps, Bosu Balls, vibration plates, or resistance bands)
* Always be well hydrated before and during a KAATSU session.
* If used properly (e.g., never with heavy weights or resistance), there should be either little or no post-workout muscle soreness (DOMS) or potentially injurious strain on your musculoskeletal system.
* A pink or rosy color, or even a beefy red, with vein distention should be visible on your arms or legs during KAATSU. Always check that your Capillary Refill Time (CRT) is faster than 3 seconds (as in "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three").
* There should be no whiteness, grayness, or blueness in your limbs or clammy skin during KAATSU. This is an indication of occlusion where arterial blood flow is impeded - which is exactly what KAATSU is not intended to do.

Injury Rehabilitation
* With muscle tears or strains, connective tissue (ligament or tendon) tears or strains, and bone contusions, cracks, or breaks, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality - both single-limb KAATSU and double-limb KAATSU - is a proven means to enhance and speed up recovery from injuries.
* Ideally, 2-3 KAATSU sessions are performed daily.
* Each session should include 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets on the arms and the legs.
* The KAATSU Cycle sets can be performed on the injured side or injured limb only (i.e., 'single-limb' KAATSU) or on both sides or limbs (i.e., 'double-limb' KAATSU).
* The first set should always be on the Low SKU pressure setting. Subsequent sets can be either Medium or High SKU pressure settings.

Post-workout or Post-competition Recovery
* In order to effectively and efficiently remove metabolic waste after a workout or competition, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode should be performed as soon after the workout or competition.
* Always start off the first set in the Low SKU pressure setting.
* Subsequent Cycle sets can be either Medium or High SKU pressure settings.

Additional information can be heard on the following podcasts:

* Open Water Swimmer's Podcast with Steven Munatones (listen here)
* Marathon Swim Stories: Deep Dive at SCAR (listen here)
* Talking Open Water Swimming With Steven Munatones (listen here)

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The Hare & The Tortoise - DIfferent Approaches of KAATSU


Many KAATSU users want to know the benefits of, and the differences between, the KAATSU Constant mode and the KAATSU Cycle mode.

The KAATSU Constant mode is a means in which the KAATSU Air Bands (narrow, stretchable, elastic, oval-shaped pneumatic bands) are inflated to a certain pressure and then maintained for short periods up to 10 minutes.

The KAATSU Cycle mode is a means in which the KAATSU Air Bands are repeatedly, progressively, incrementally, gently, and briefly inflated for brief periods (up to 60 seconds, with 30 seconds being standard) and then deflated (up to 20 seconds, with 5 seconds being standard).

More specifically, KAATSU users want to know if the hormonal response to KAATSU is a function of intensity? Or, asked differently, does the hormonal response differ between easy sets of KAATSU Cycle sets versus harder sets using the KAATSU Constant mode?

The answer to these questions can be partly explained using the fable of The Hare & The Tortoise.

The hormonal response can be a function of intensity, but it is also a function of time under tension. That is, some KAATSU users like exerting maximum all-out intensity with weight training or strength building exercises. These types of users can very specifically feel the muscle burn (i.e., the lactate build-up) while they exercise in the KAATSU Constant mode. This form of KAATSU generates both a satisfying sense of physiological and psychological accomplishment.

This KAATSU Constant workout directly leads to a significant and quick lactate increase that serves as a well-documented catalyst for a robust secretion of Human Growth Hormone and other related hormones. But this intensity is generally short in duration (even assuming a user's tolerance for pain is off the charts like 15-20 mmol/L of lactate). In these cases, the hormonal response is clearly significant.

This is the Hare approach to KAATSU: quick, fast, to the point.

But users can compare this total volume of hormonal secretion in a maximum effort, albeit relatively brief and intense (i.e., "The Hare" approach), to the total volume of hormonal secretion in a slow, gradually incremental, repeated, relatively gentle, sustained effort using the KAATSU Cycle mode (i.e., "The Tortoise" approach).

That is, with the KAATSU Cycle mode - even while doing relatively easy movements (e.g., walking, typing on a computer, reading, stretching, yoga) - the total hormonal response is comparable (even greater) simply because the time during tension (while the KAATSU Air Bands are repeatedly inflated and deflated) is much longer.

In fact, at the 2022 World Congress of Sports Medicine, sports scientists from the University of Brighton gave a presentation on the differences and outcomes of these two approaches (i.e., KAATSU Cycle versus KAATSU Constant). They wanted to compare the psychophysiological and perceptual responses between KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Constant modes.

Their conclusions were as follows:

* The KAATSU Cycle mode leads to similar hypertrophic muscular adaptations to the KAATSU Constant mode, but with lower perceived pain and exertion compared to the continuous BFR mode.
* The blood lactate values were significantly higher following the KAATSU Cycle sets compared no KAATSU and were similar to the KAATSU Constant sets.
* The perceived pain was significantly higher in the KAATSU Constant mode. That is, the KAATSU Cycle induced less pain and discomfort.
* The perceived fatigue was significantly higher in the KAATSU Constant mode. That is, the KAATSU Cycle induced less fatigue.
* The KAATSU Cycle enhance cognitive responses to a greater extent that the KAATSU Constant mode.

Within KAATSU Global, all its employees daily and frequently use the KAATSU Cycle mode because they can "double-stack" (i.e., easily, gently, and repeatedly do KAATSU Cycle sets as a secondary activity while focusing on a primary activity such as typing emails, participating in conference calls, walking and/or talking or reading) - while generating a similar or greater hormonal responses with much less perceived effort and pain.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Soreness, DOMS and KAATSU

New KAATSU users often ask if KAATSU protocols will help relieve or minimize muscle soreness from (non-KAATSU) exercise or work. They wonder if using KAATSU helps speeds the healing process.

The answer is yes if they follow the standard KAATSU Cycle recovery protocols as follows:

* Start doing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets as soon as possible after the exercise or work that induces DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
* Note: Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets gradually increase SKU pressures every 5 minutes. That is, use Low SKU pressure settings in the first few KAATSU Cycle sets; then proceed to Medium SKU pressure settings in the next few KAATSU Cycle sets; then proceed to High SKU pressure settings (if tolerable) in the last few KAATSU Cycle sets.
* It is important to do these Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on both your arms and legs because the effects are systemic (impacting the whole body).
* Ideally, users cando 3-6 sets on their arms, followed by 3-6 sets on their legs. So, for example, experienced users do 1-2 sets on Low Pressure, 1-2 sets on Medium Pressure, 1-2 sets on High Pressure. Of course, users can modify this progression as is appropriate for them. That is, if High pressure is too high, then they can do additional Low and Medium Pressure sets. If Low pressure is too low for them (after the initial set), then they can move quickly to Medium pressure and High pressure. This Progression is a matter of personal preference and practical experience with KAATSU.
* Be very well hydrated before and during the Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets.

Users also ask if they can develop muscle soreness with KAATSU. They can, in numerous ways:

* Do a certain type of exercise for the first time with KAATSU equipment on. For example, older users who normally do not do Heel Raises occasionally complain about soreness in their calves when they do Heel Raises with KAATSU equipment on for the first time.
* Do not be well hydrated or well rested (e.g., jetlagged) while doing a longer (sustained), highly intense KAATSU session.
* Do KAATSU with heavy weights or the same level of resistance that they would do without KAATSU.
* Do intense body weights movements with KAATSU (e.g., burpees, running uphill, or running in soft sand at the beach, many push-ups, holding planks for sustained periods)
* Do KAATSU twice per day during the first week of KAATSU usage or at inappropriate high pressures.
* Do KAATSU with inadequate Capillary Refill Time (CRT). That is, never do KAATSU when your CRT on the hands or on the legs is slower than 3 seconds. This is an indication that arterial flow is being impeded - which is not a proper form of KAATSU.
* Never use the KAATSU Cycle mode while doing KAATSU.
* Never start off in the Low SKU pressure setting before starting a KAATSU session.
* Never do Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets as a form of warm-up.
* Do the KAATSU Constant mode after long periods of inactivity or immobility (e.g., after being bedridden with a serious injury), leading a sedentary lifestyle, after removing a cast, or coming off of rehabilitation while limited to a wheelchair.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Military Amputees Appreciate KAATSU to Help Improve Quality of Life



For who? amputees For what? pain mitigation, strength building, functional movement Justin Sponaugle is a US Marine whose lower left arm was recently amputated.

Operation Healing Forces granted him a new KAATSU C3 and Sponaugle is putting it to good and immediate use.

John Doolittle, a retired Navy SEAL captain and CRO for KAATSU Global explains, "The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to help active-duty and recent veteran wounded, ill and injured Special Operations Forces and their families with mental, physical and emotional healing. Its goal is to help them return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life."

Sponaugle is one of those individuals with a specific need.

Sponaugle said after his initial use of KAATSU, "After only two KAATSU Cycles (about 12 minutes of pressure on and pressure off on the KAATSU C3 unit), the bone doesn't hurt as much and I can definitely move it with a whole lot less pain.

KAATSU improves the circulation on my amputated arm which results in better sensor contact inside my prosthetic - which enables me to move my prosthetic much more efficiently.

At night, before bed, my neuropathic pain is significantly reduced after the KAATSU Cycle sets.

I have better circulation, better control, and it feels good. This is absolutely amazing and impressive. KAATSU Strong
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Sponaugle is part of a niche group of KAATSU users among the military veteran amputee population that experiences residual limb pain, phantom pain, and neuropathic pain. This population includes special operators including Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, and those in other branches due to injuries suffered during military conflicts.

There are four concurrent stimuli that help the significant alleviation of pain for these amputees with the KAATSU C3 and B1 equipment and its Progressive Cycle protocols:

1. Gradual, repeated, and incremental engorgement and release of blood in the capillary beds due to the automated Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality.
2. Production of serum lactate with mild and relaxed movements (e.g., hand clenches) performed during the automated Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets.
3. Effective and gentle activation of the peripheral nerves in the residual limb due to the engorgement of the capillary beds.
4. Post-KAATSU production of β-endorphin results and functions to decrease physical stress and maintain homeostasis resulting in pain management.

The Progressive KAATSU Cycle enables the body to replicate conditions as if a limb still exists. This modality is the catalyst to produce a variety of hormones and metabolites that help alleviate pain, albeit temporarily (i.e., 2-4 hours). However, multiple sessions per day can be done with ease and convenience, so the veteran’s lifestyle is not interrupted, but rather enhanced.

Benefits: The impact leads to a pain medication reduction, improved and easier control of prostheses, a reduction in the continuous fluctuation of the residual limb size, and improved mental positivity.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Dealing With Pain, Managing With KAATSU Progressive Cycle Sets

One of the most important - and non-intuitive - movements that KAATSU inventor Dr. Sato has advocated for decades is Hand Clenches.

The standard KAATSU protocol is to repeatedly open and close your hand(s) while the KAATSU Air Bands are on your upper arms in the KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode (i.e., Low Pressure to Medium Pressure to higher pressures).

This is especially helpful for people who are in pain, missing a lower or upper body limb (and experiencing phantom pain and neuropathic pain), or recovering from surgery .

Hand clenches are part of the standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises. The KAATSU Cycle mode very effectively, efficiently, safely, and gradually engorges the capillary beds in the lower arms in blood while the Hand Clenches are sufficient to build up lactate. As the Cycle sets and Hand Clenches continue, a dark pink or beefy red color appears and your veins are distended. The effect is similar to the photo shown below where one arm is impacted with inflated KAATSU Air Bands and the other arm is normal without KAATSU Air Bands on.


Dr. Nakajima found and explained in a paper (to be published in Q1 2023) that simple Hand Clenches while performing KAATSU Cycle sets are a highly efficient catalyst for producing β-Endorphin (Beta-Endorphin)and serum lactate. The β-Endorphin is produced in the brain's pituitary gland that blocks the sensation of pain. Dr. Sato explains, "You can use a Hand Grip or just repeatedly squeeze a tennis ball or squeeze ball in the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode. The phenomena starts when the automated pneumatic compression starts at lower pressures and then very gradually builds up to higher pressures. As you repeatedly and slowly squeeze your hands, lactate builds in your forearms. With the lactate build-up, growth hormone and IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) are also produced."

Meanwhile, the very tiny capillaries in the injured (or amputated) limb gradually and efficiently become fully engorged with blood. The skin in the injured limb (or amputated stump) becomes pink, rosy, or even a deep red. The engorgement of the capillaries in blood leads to a hormonal response, a decrease in C-reactive protein, and an activation of the peripheral nerves. The C-reactive protein helps reduce pain while the activation of the peripheral nerves tricks the brain to think the amputated limb is intact in some way.
The number of KAATSU Progressive Cycle sets can be repeated throughout the day in several different sessions (in the morning, afternoon, and evening) in order to effectively manage the pain.

The photos below show the effect of engorgement of blood on the right hand and forearm due to the wearing of the KAATSU Air Band on one arm and not the other. The KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode repeatedly, progressively incrementally, slowly, and gently leads to this engorgement.

Other phenomena aid in the reduction of pain.

Dr. Nakajima explains, "Exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH) is a reduction in pain sensitivity and/or perception of pain intensity to noxious stimuli following acute exercise. This is a temporary effect that occurs as a result of neurophysiological effects.

One hypothesized mechanism is the enhancement of descending pain. Inhibitory effect through activation of the endogenous pain inhibitory system that secretes antinociceptive substances. These substances include endorphins and endocannabinoids, both of which have been found to increase circulating concentrations after exercise. Although the mechanism is not well established, exercise that clears a single bout of either resistance or aerobic exercise causes hypoalgesia for up to 30 minutes in healthy, pain-free individuals.

EIH responses are more variable in individuals with chronic pain who are pain sensitive. The intensity may be decreased, unchanged, or even increased in response to exercise (i.e., hyperalgesia). Nevertheless, exercise is widely used as a therapeutic strategy for individuals with chronic pain. Movement with KAATSU also has the ability to reduce pain and reduce sensitivity in muscles and joints.


Experimental pain studies demonstrate that focal joint pain leads to decreased muscle function, impaired motor control, and fear-avoidance behavior patterns (i.e., avoidance of painful activities). Collectively, this can lead to a spiraling vicious cycle of bodily function that can increase the risk of developing chronic and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis. Exercise interventions that can properly load the injured area, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength are presented as effective management systems that target the multiple factors in these complex conditions. Exercise has the ability to reduce pain and increase muscle strength, but this form of training can also increase the load on the injured area, exacerbating symptoms.

There are several studies investigating BFR and hypoalgesia. Additionally, many KAATSU Specialists in Japan have noticed about this phenomenon. A landmark study by Vasileios Korakakis in 2018 (Low load resistance training with blood flow restriction decreases anterior knee pain more than resistance training alone. A pilot randomised controlled trial) investigated the use of BFR in 30 male patients suffering from anterior knee pain. Their pain scores were significantly reduced while performing three common functional tasks in response to BFR.

Although there are increasing applications and growing evidence supporting the use of KAATSU in pain management, how and why KAATSU is effective remains, admittedly, a matter of speculation.

A 2019 review by Luke Hughes and Stephen David Patterson (Examination of the comfort and pain experienced with blood flow restriction training during post-surgery rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction patients: A UK National Health Service trial) investigated some of the potential mechanisms by which BFR affects pain. This includes Conditioned Pain Modulation where the simplest way to describe conditioned pain regulation is the phrase 'pain cures pain'. Although BFR is characterized by low-intensity training, the literature consistently reports pain and discomfort comparable to high-intensity exercise.

Secondly, it also includes the recruitment of fast-twitch fibers. This is a key mechanism behind BFR and hypoalgesia and may be a key factor in BFR and hypertrophy.

Thirdly, through the opioid and endocannabinoid system (that bind distinct receptors that co-localize in areas of the brain involved with the processing of pain signals), experiments with the KAATSU Cycle sets induce serum β-Endorphin
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