Monday, February 12, 2024

How Much Pressure Should I Use With KAATSU?

Many users are confused on how to determine their optimal pressure in SKU (Standard KAATSU Units) while using KAATSU equipment (KAATSU C3, KAATSU C4, KAATSU B2).

Many users assume that the higher SKU pressures are used, the more benefits they will garner.

However, the key points are as follows:

* focus on using your KAATSU equipment frequently (i.e., daily or twice daily) rather than maximizing the upper limits of your pressure.

* always start in the Low Pressure setting, no matter what your experience or level of fitness or strength are. The reason why is because KAATSU focuses on strengthening your vascular tissue (i.e., making the vascular walls of your arteries, veins, and capillaries more elastic). This is the catalyst to a variety of downstream benefits (e.g., increased muscular tone, improved strength, generation of a robust hormonal response).

* even in the Low Pressure setting, if you see the color of the palms of your hands or feet or calves in your legs become pink or rosy or red, then KAATSU "is working". If you see a pink or rosy or a red tone in your skin, then the capillaries and veins are being engorged in blood - which is serving as the catalyst for a hormonal response. These are the specific goals of KAATSU.

* Even though, over time, you can increase the pressure setting from Low Pressure to Medium Pressure, and from Medium Pressure to High Pressure. However, always start your first KAATSU Cycle set in the Low Pressure setting - and then move upwards from there.

* If you have manually placed your bands on with a 2- or 3-finger tightness, then it is more important to increase to a 1- or 2-finger tightness rather than increase the SKU pressure. Once you are on a 1-finger tightness, then you can proceed to increasing the SKU pressure levels.

Moving from Low Pressure to Medium Pressure

How do you know when to move from a Low Pressure setting to a Medium Pressure setting? There is a specific protocol that you can follow:

* After at least one KAATSU Cycle set in the Low Pressure setting, reset the SKU pressure setting to Medium. Allow the Cycle set to proceed through its 8 steps in the Medium Pressure setting. Throughout this set, check your Capillary Refill Time (CRT) by firmly pressing your thumb or your forefinger into the base of your palm of your hand or into your calf. Then release. The CRT is the amount of time in seconds where your blanched (white) skin returns to your normal skin color. [Note: For darker complexion individuals, the CRT can be checked on the fingernails or toenails or soles of the feet as necessary.]

* If your normal skin color returns on your palm after 1 second (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two..."), then your upper body and vascular system is ready to handle the Medium Pressure setting. In contrast, if your normal skin color does NOT return on your palm after 1 second (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two..."), then your body and vascular system is NOT ready to handle the Medium Pressure setting yet. In this case, return to the Low Pressure setting.

* If your normal skin color returns on your calf or top of foot after 2 seconds (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three..."), then your lower body and vascular system is ready to handle the Medium Pressure setting. In contrast, if your normal skin color does NOT return on your calf or top of foot after 2 seconds (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three..."), then your lower body and vascular system is NOT ready to handle the Medium Pressure setting yet. In this case, return to the Low Pressure setting.

Note: you may be able to increase your arm pressure from Low to Medium Pressure, but your leg pressure may have to stay at Low Pressure - or vice versa - for a period of time.

Moving from Medium Pressure to High Pressure

The protocol for moving from Medium Pressure to High Pressure is the same as above:

* After at least one KAATSU Cycle set in the Medium Pressure setting, reset the SKU pressure setting to High. Allow the Cycle set to proceed through its 8 steps in the High Pressure setting. Throughout this set, check your Capillary Refill Time (CRT) by firmly pressing your thumb or your forefinger into the base of your palm of your hand or into your calf. Then release.

* If your normal skin color returns on your palm after 1 second (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two..."), then your upper body and vascular system is ready to handle the High Pressure setting. In contrast, if your normal skin color does NOT return on your palm after 1 second (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two..."), then your upper body and vascular system is NOT ready to handle the High Pressure setting yet. In this case, return to the Medium Pressure setting.

* If your normal skin color returns on your calf or top of foot after 2 seconds (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three..."), then your lower body and vascular system is ready to handle the High Pressure setting. In contrast, if your normal skin color does NOT return on your calf or top of foot after 2 seconds (as in "...one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three..."), then your lower body and vascular system is NOT ready to handle the High Pressure setting yet. In this case, return to the Low Pressure setting.

Background

* Keep in mind that the purpose of your KAATSU equipment is to modify (slow down) your venous return while allowing your arterial flow to continue unimpeded. This is the reason why (1) the internal air bladder is oval shaped, (2) the KAATSU Cycle mode only compresses for 30 seconds, and the (3) capillary beds become engorged in blood.

* Below are photos of a 56-year-old woman who is a regular KAATSU user. She has one KAATSU band on one side, but not the other arm. There is a very clear differentiation in color and her vascular perfusion.

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How Long Should I Use KAATSU?

Many KAATSU users ask how long should they or can they use KAATSU.

The answer is, of course, it depends on the following:

* the amount of experience that you have with KAATSU. That is, if you are a new user, it is best to start off with only 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets and never use the KAATSU Constant mode. Then, gradually, you can increase the number of KAATSU Cycle sets that you do to a maximum of 6 Cycle sets in a row.

* the intensity of exercise or movements that you do with your KAATSU equipment. That is, if you are sitting and relaxed, you can do more KAATSU Cycle sets, compared to it you are doing intense strength-training exercises, running, or cycling with KAATSU equipment on.

* the amount of SKU pressure that you use with your KAATSU equipment. That is, if you use a Low Pressure setting, you can do longer sessions (i.e., a greater number of KAATSU Cycle sets) compared to if you use a High Pressure setting.

Fundamentally, KAATSU usage should be gentle and gradual, focusing on the KAATSU Cycle mode - although some users want to really push themselves and do intense, vigorous exercises in the KAATSU Constant mode where their lactate levels and their rate of perceived exertion are maximized.

The KAATSU equipment (KAATSU C3, KAATSU C4, KAATSU B2) are designed to allow up to 6 consecutive KAATSU Cycle sets. This is roughly 40-50 minutes worth of KAATSU with intermittent breaks between each KAATSU Cycle set. When you are ready, these 6 sets can be done on both your arms, and then on your legs. This total duration, therefore, would be between 1 hour 20 minutes and 1 hour 50 minutes - which is most definitely on the upper limits of KAATSU duration.

However, there are some users who want to do more than this. In these extreme cases, we strongly recommend that users limit their KAATSU Cycle sets to 6 at one time on their arms and on their legs. Then, take a break of several hours and these extreme users can repeat their 6 arm sets and 6 leg sets. In other words, they can do a morning KAATSU session and then follow-up with a second KAATSU session in the late afternoon or evening session.

But, most importantly, the key recommendation is to do KAATSU daily (or frequently) rather than doing very long (1 hour 30+ minute) sessions only 2-3 times per week.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Using KAATSU In Preparing For The NFL Combine


Football players with dreams of playing in the NFL are expected to perform well at the fame NFL Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana between February 26th - March 4th 2024.

The players undergo physical, skill, psychology and medical testing. The skill tests consist of football drills designed for each position while the physical tests include:

* a 40-yard dash
* physical measurements
* bench press
* vertical jump
* broad jump
* 20-yard shuttle
* three-cone drill
* 60-yard shuttle

How can KAATSU equipment be optimally used to prepare for the NFL Combine?


Recovery and Warm-up

First and foremost, KAATSU equipment (including the KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU C4, KAATSU B1, and KAATSU B2 models) should be used frequently as a recovery and warm-up tool.

Using the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode, both before and after each workout and each skill test and physical test would enhance performance, not only physically, but also cognitively and as a means to reduce stress.

Before and after the leg-dominant 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, and 60-yard shuttle, it is recommended to use the KAATSU AirBands on the legs. Before and after the bench press, it is recommended to use the KAATSU AirBands on the arm.

Before Each Test

Before each test, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode will help gently and incrementally engorge the vascular tissue in blood. This helps prepare the athlete vascularly and muscularly for optimal performance. The SKU (Standard KAATSU Unit) does not have to be in the High Pressure setting; it can start off Low or Medium.

The AirBands should be removed from either the arms or legs at least 15 minutes before each performance. This will allow optimal time for adrenalin and testosterone and HGH to be secreted and utilized by the body.

Similarly, when an athlete is training for the NFL Combine, he can test what specific SKU pressures and duration that best suits him. He and his coach may find that the legs may need a higher SKU pressure than his arms (or vice versa) or a longer duration (i.e., additional time under tension) or vice versa. Each athlete can customize his SKU pressures and duration for his arms and his legs, and each specific skills and physical tests.

After Each Test

After each test or workout, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode will help gently and incrementally dissipate the accumulated lactate in his working muscles. The mode will engorge the vascular tissue in the arms or legs in blood for 30 seconds at a time. Then the pressure within the AirBands is released for 5 seconds. This repetition will continue; each time, a percentage of the accumulated lactate will be dissipated from the stressed muscle groups.

This Cycle process is repeated, gradual, incremental, and progressive helps the athlete recover optimally for the next test or workout.

During an intense training period, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode can also be used at night, ideally 30-60 minutes before bedtime. This will help induce a quicker and higher quality sleep that is especially important in intense training periods and the build-up to the NFL Combine.

In the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode, the athlete can use the Standard Pre-set SKU pressures (which are lower) or Customized SKU Pressures (which are higher), depending on his preferences.


The 40-yard Dash

Similar to Olympic sprinters, the 40-yard dash requires the NFL players to have an explosive start and maintain a fast speed over 4-5 seconds.

In training, a player can use the KAATSU Cycle mode with the KAATSU AirBands on his legs with one-finger tightness to warm-up.

Then, in the first few warm-up sprints (note: not going at all-out speed), he should remove the connector tubes and switch to the KAATSU Constant mode. He can do a few repetitions at sub-optimal speed, further warming up the legs. The lactate build-up will be tremendously high and he may not be able to complete 40 yards at high speed. That is OK. Running at 50-80% speed for a few repetitions will ultimately be beneficial.

Then, he can remove the KAATSU AirBands from his legs and casually walk it off, rehydrate, and get mentally prepared for some fast sprints without the KAATSU equipment.

It is important to note that vascularly and hormonally speaking during this recovery period, his body is getting prepared to run very fast. The "KAATSU Effect" is still underway.

When he is prepared, he can then practice his 40-yard dash - or portions of the sprint.

It is also important to occasioally use the KAATSU AirBands on his arms so his arm speed and strength are also developed in the high-intensity training period. Like Olympic sprinters, being able to pump the arms sufficiently fast(er) is key to running fast. Therefore, on some days, the players can use the KAATSU AirBands on their legs - and sometimes on their arms.

It is extremely important to be very well hydrated and acclimated to KAATSU before doing moderate sprints with KAATSU. This is a process that can take a few days to a few weeks, depending on the individual.


Bench Press

NFL players usually hit the bench press very hard, but repeating this exercise day after day is impossible and not recommended. However, with very light weights and on the off days, athletes can use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode to warm-up for a weight training workout and use the KAATSU Constant mode for actual weight training sets using light weights.

The key to these light-weight sets is to do 3-4 sets with each set going to maximum effort.

The athlete may do several dozens of reps on the first and second sets, but the rest between each set should only be a maximum of 20 seconds.

This short 20-second maximum rest period does not allow the accumulated lactate enough time to dissipate. As a result, the athlete is able to lift a dramatically decreasing number of reps on each subsequent set. This is perfectly OK. The key is to continue to lift until a lift can no longer be achieved - even with very light weights.

It is this stress that leads to a secretion of HGH and a subsequent increase in size and strength.

If the player really wants to maximize the secretion of HGH, he can lift slowly - very slowly - in the up and down directions. This will lead to a faster and more elevated level of lactate.


Vertical Jump

Similar to Olympic jumpers and NBA basketball players, a player can use the KAATSU Cycle mode to warm-up and as a recovery tool.

In training, a player can use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode to warm-up, either in the Standard or Customized pressure setting. Then, using the KAATSU Constant mode with the KAATSU AirBands on his legs with one-finger tightness, he can practice a few or several vertical leaps.

After a number of warm-up leaps (note: not going for maximum height and working on technique), he should remove the KAATSU AirBands from his les and casually walk off his fatigue, rehydrate, and get mentally prepared for a few maximum leaps without the KAATSU equipment.

It is important to note that vascularly and hormonally speaking during this rest period, his body and legs are physiologically getting prepared to jump to his maximum potential. The "KAATSU Effect" is still underway.

When he is prepared, he can then practice his maximum leaps.


Broad Jump

Similar to the vertical leap in training and at the NFL Combine, a player can use the KAATSU Cycle mode to warm-up and as a recovery tool.

In training, a player can use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode to warm-up, either in the Standard or Customized pressure setting. Then, using the KAATSU Constant mode with the KAATSU AirBands on his legs with one-finger tightness, he can practice a few or several broad jumps.

After a number of warm-up jumps (note: not going for maximum distance and working on technique), he should remove the KAATSU AirBands from his legs and casually walk off his fatigue, rehydrate, and get mentally prepared for a few maximum jumps without the KAATSU equipment.

It is important to note that vascularly and hormonally speaking during this rest period, his body and legs are physiologically getting prepared to jump to his maximum potential. The "KAATSU Effect" is still underway.

When he is prepared, he can then practice his maximum jumps.





20-yard Shuttle, Three-cone Drill, 60-yard Shuttle

Similar to the physical tests described above, the player can:

* warm-up with the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode
* do some moderate shuttle runs and drills with the KAATSU Constant mode without the connector tubes
* remove the KAATSU equipment, rest, rehydrate, and get mentally prepared for some maximum efforts
* do a few repetitions at maximum effort as his body is vascularly and hormonally optimized in the post-KAATSU state
* recover using the KAATSU Cycle mode in either the Standard or Customized pressure stting

Versality - Convenience - Efficacy

There is no other equipment that is as versatile, effective, portable, convenient and efficient as KAATSU equipment for professional football players. Not only can players at every position maintain and improve their speed, strength, stamina, and agility with KAATSU equipment, but they can also rehabilitate and recover more quickly from any musculoskeletal injury with KAATSU.

Rehabilitation

Effective rehabilitation and recovery are the signature benefit of the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode, provided the player does KAATSU Cycle sets at least 3 times per day (e.g., morning, afternoon, and evening as Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins do in their rehabilitation from tendon ruptures). This is recommended if the player is facing recovery from a muscle tear, a bone break, or any kind of ligament or tendon injury.

Recovery

In order to avoid or minimize DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in the preseason or any time during the season or playoffs, 3-6 Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets are the most effective means to remove lactate from a vigorous workout or intense game - and can be used in combination with other modalities preferred by the players.

Insomnia and Jetlag

KAATSU equipment and protocols can also be used to minimize insomnia and jetlag if used approximately an hour before bedtime in a gentle manner.

Versatility & Augmentation

The KAATSU equipment can effectively augment any kind of fitness equipment the athlete may use: AlterG machines, rowing machines, spin bikes, barbells, dumbbells, resistance bands, TRX suspension straps, jump ropes, pools (either for aqua therapy or exercise), StairMasters, power racks, pull-up bars, dyno disks, physioballs, foam rollers, agility ladders, kettlebells, etc.

Or the KAATSU equipment can literally be used solely by itself with bodyweight exercises.

The KAATSU equipment can effectively augment any kind of movement the athletes may do: running, bodyweight exercises, blocking, stretching, rehabilitation exercises, running pass routes, throwing, kicking, etc.

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