Showing posts with label KAATSU B1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KAATSU B1. Show all posts

Friday, September 23, 2022

KAATSU B1 To Be Showcased At The 2022 ASUA Meeting & Convention



Hosted October 10th-12th in Washington, DC by the Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America. This AUSA-organized event includes informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops, and exhibitions.

KAATSU Global will share its revolutionary modality to the military community - after offering the same to the medical and sports communities at the 37th World Congress of Sports Medicine held this week in Mexico.

KAATSU Global is showcasing itsrecently launched KAATSU B1 tubeless device that is controlled by a smartphone app at ASUA.



Navy SEAL Captain John Doolittle and KAATSU Master Specialist Chris Morgan will showcase the new KAATSU B1 along with the workhorse KAATSU C3 and clinical KAATSU M3 models. They will demonstrate and explain the effects of the Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality with the B1, C3, and M3 on metabolism, perceptual, mood and cognitive responses to resistance exercise and its practical applications on jet lag mitigation and post-exercise recovery.

As the sports scientists and military community both delve deeper into the advantages, profound simplicity, and unheard of outcomes of the KAATSU technology and our non-intuitive protocols, their collective knowledge and acceptance will help many others around the world better understand the numerous applications that can improve athletic performance, rehabilitation, recovery, balance, and strength gains for tactical, elite, competitive and recreational athletes - as well as for those of any age and walk of life," said Steven Munatones, CEO of KAATSU Global.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

KAATSU Fitness Walking, Increasing Strength and Stamina

For who? Working adults, mothers, retirees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, balance, KAATSU Walking



The most common use of KAATSU equipment is during simple walking. KAATSU users put on their leg bands and simply do KAATSU Walking after a meal, while walking around the neighborhood or walking the dog. Either the KAATSU Cycle mode or the KAATSU Constant mode can be used, but you can walk longer in the KAATSU Cycle mode while the KAATSU Constant mode should be limited to 20 minutes.

Over 10 years ago, academic researchers from Japan confirmed what KAATSU Specialists have long known: that low-intensity exercise with KAATSU Air Bands leads to muscle growth and strength gains.*

Many researchers between 2000 - 2005 tested KAATSU Walking with MRI-measured muscle size and strength (maximum dynamic or one repetition maximum) and isometric strength along with blood hormonal parameters. Testing was done on both control groups and experimental groups of subjects ranging from young men to older women.

The testing was done using 20-minute bouts of treadmill speed of 50 meters per minute. The researchers found a multitude of benefits and changes among the experimental KAATSU users while there was no change in muscle size and dynamic and isometric strength in the control group..

1. Serum growth hormone was elevated after KAATSU Walking with the experimental group, but not with the non-KAATSU control group.
2. MRI-measured thigh muscle cross-sectional area and muscle volume increased by 4 - 7%.
3. One repetition maximum and maximum isometric strength increased between 8 - 10%

Furthermore, indicators of muscle damage (creatine kinase and myoglobin) and resting anabolic hormones did not change with both groups. The researchers concluded that KAATSU Walking induces muscle hypertrophy and strength gain despite the minimum level of exercise intensity after 3 weeks, and that KAATSU Walking may be a potentially useful method for promoting muscle hypertrophy for a wide range of the population including the frail and elderly.

While these benefits have long been known in Japan, there have been many other applications that have since been developed and researched that address age-related skeletal muscle loss (sarcopenia) that inhibits mobility and increases the risk of developing several diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.

As the implications of KAATSU protocols began to be appreciated by the United States military, researchers like Dr. William Ursprung at Texas A&M University studied the effects of KAATSU Walking to improve aerobic capacity. Dr. Ursprung evaluated the effects of KAATSU Walking on VO2max, 1.5 mile run times, and muscular size at low training volumes and intensities with airman from the U.S. Air Force 350th Special Operations and Tactics Training Squadron.






























After three weeks of KAATSU Walking, the test found significant improvements in VO2max, significant decreases in 1.5-mile run time, and significant increases in thigh muscle cross sectional area and the researchers concluded that KAATSU Walking represents a methodology for improving aerobic capacity, endurance and muscular size at low training volumes and intensities.

This conclusion mirrored the applications for KAATSU that many far forward-thinking coaches and trainers have known and used. For military personnel and athletes who are looking for concurrent improvements in strength and endurance, they do not always have to move, run, swim, cycle or row at maximum intensity if they strategically use KAATSU equipment.

While movement or exercises with KAATSU equipment performed with intensity will result in significant physiological and athletic improvement, it is always unnecessary.

"As long as their technique and athletic form is correct, athletes and military personnel can realize benefits with KAATSU by moving more slowly (i.e., walking versus running or swimming at a moderate pace versus swimming at maximum speed) rather than always going all-out," explains Steven Munatones. "Perhaps this lowered intensity is appropriate after injuries or immediately after a competition or during a taper phase of training. Perhaps this slower pace or raw speed is simply more appropriate during different parts of any specific workout when an athlete is working on their technique or form."

This phenomena means that the implications and applications of KAATSU usage expands significantly. When benefits and improvements can be achieved at any speed, pace or level of intensity, coaches and athletes can be much more flexible and creative in their training decisions.

For example, instead of only going all-out sprints with KAATSU, runners, cyclists, swimmers, rowers and skiers can practice at more moderate pace - which means that KAATSU can be done more frequently and with less resultant fatigue.

* Muscle size and strength are increased following walk training with restricted venous blood flow from the leg muscle, Kaatsu-walk training by Professor Abe and Professor Kearns of Tokyo Metropolitan University and Professor Sato of the University of Tokyo.

** The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training on VO2Max and 1.5 Mile Run Performance by William Ursprung, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

KAATSU: Anytime Anywhere By Anyone

For who? Work-at-home employees, student-athletes, competitive athletes
For what? Functional movement, strength, flexibility, mobility, KAATSU At Home

















































































With increasing calls for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled and the rumored possibility for the entire 2020-2021 academic school year to be entirely online (coming from major public universities like University of California Berkeley to universities in the hardest hit areas in the American Northeast) due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, American society is in this fight for a longer term than Americans originally envisioned.

While some states may loosen their reins and recommendations on opening up the economy that will enable fitness clubs to reopen soon, there is a very real possibility that most yoga studios, gyms, pools, indoor rowing and spin studios and gyms will remain closed for the short-to-medium term.

If that becomes the case, then the demand for home gym equipment like free weights, resistance bands, TRX straps and Bosu Balls will continue to skyrocket.

And even if the fitness clubs are defined as providing essential services by local and state authorities, there may not be a massive rush to return to normal. These are good reasons to invest in a KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or KAATSU B1 or KAATSU C3.

The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 can be used:

* to augment any and all forms of exercise around your home and neighborhood
* to augment standard physical therapy at your home and office
* to augment any type of exercise or rehabilitation equipment including weights, resistance bands, TRX straps, Bosu Balls, jump ropes, medicine balls, AlterG machines, red light therapy, etc.
* to enable highly efficient recovery from a stressful day or vigorous workouts
* to incorporate into your daily chores - from washing dishes to folding clothes - so you can accomplish household duties WHILE working out
* during travel and vacation - essentially enabling you to take your workout and rehabilitation equipment with you to use anywhere, anytime

Cost and Value
The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 costs US$899. If KAATSU is used as recommended (i.e., twice per day for less than 15 minutes either before, during or after workouts and before bedtime for full recovery, the cost per use over the course of a year is $1.23 (or $0.61 over 2 years).

Testimonials
As Ben Greenfield, one of the Top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness, says “When you combine exercise with KAATSU, you experience a significant hypertrophic, growth hormone, and testosterone response… a significant increase in muscle protein synthesis, without the simultaneous increase in inflammation and muscle damage.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician shown on left, agrees, "After careful review, it is clear to me that the KAATSU equipment is the best BFR equipment on the market, as it is the only one that allows you to do cycling or automatically cycling pressure on for 30 seconds and off for five seconds."

World champion swimmer Michael Andrew knows KAATSU's value in terms of recovery, “My body will send extra white blood cells and growth hormone to repair muscles my body THINKS are being broken down, but actually are NOT being broken down, speeding up recovery.”

"For US$899, there is no other piece of equipment that is as versatile, effective and efficient as the KAATSU Cycle 2.0," says Steven Munatones. "Not only can users maintain and improve their speed, strength, stamina, and agility with KAATSU equipment anytime anywhere, but they can also rehabilitate and recover from any musculoskeletal injury they may have."

Speed
The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 and the KAATSU Air Bands can be used in different ways to develop speed (see examples here). The ideal KAATSU speed workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with bursts of speed - either sprints or agility drills.

Strength
The ideal KAATSU strength workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with any type of bodyweight exercises or with light weights (see suggestions here) - or the videos below with numerous examples with Dr. Cory - see here for many recommended workouts by Dr. Cory.

For strength gains, the repetitions can be a combination of slow repetitions with contractions and normal-speed repetitions, all using relatively light weights or resistance bands. For muscle girth gains, very slow repetitions both in the positive and negative directions under high SKU pressure is optimal.

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Stamina
The ideal KAATSU stamina workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with any type of aerobic work including running, using rowing machines, spinning bikes or treadmills, or doing burpees or quick bodyweight exercises.

In the KAATSU Training mode with the bands untethered, users can run or do any kind of agility drills - or even any kind of Tabata regimen with the KAATSU Air Bands on, skyrocketing their pulse - or just take it easy by walking the dog.

Agility
Improving one's agility with the feet and body, or any kind of upper body motion for ex-athletes or developing leg strength and mobility for users of all ages are all enabled with a combination of the KAATSU Cycle mode and the KAATSU Training mode.

Rehabilitation
Effective rehabilitation and recovery are both well-documented by using the KAATSU Cycle mode, 2-3 times per day, whether users are 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), 3-6 KAATSU Cycles are the most effective means to remove lactate immediately after a vigorous workout.

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. Nothing is off the table...you have full functional mobility while wearing KAATSU.

Or the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 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, spinning, stretching, yoga, weight lifting, rehabilitation exercises, swimming, cycling, throwing, kicking, etc.











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KAATSU Cycle 2.0 Features
* can be used anywhere anytime by anyone - including the family members of our professional and Olympic sports clients
* compact
* quiet
* light
* durable
* useful for arms, legs and core
* includes 4 KAATSU Air Bands for both arms and legs
* easily rechargeable battery with a USB-C charger (that pulls into smartphone chargers or laptops)
* bands are waterproof for use in the pool

Patented
Based on the original KAATSU know-how and US patent #9,775,619 (Compression and decompression control system and vascular strengthening method).



































































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Saturday, February 15, 2020

KAATSU Specialist Series: Who, What, Where, When, Why of KAATSU

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, competitive athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

































































Who Uses KAATSU?
KAATSU the Original BFR has been used to date by individuals from all walks of life. The oldest KAATSU user in Japan was 104 years; the oldest KAATSU user in America is currently 89-year-old Kornelia Sprigg from Washington D.C. although there have been two men in their early 90's who previously used KAATSU.

KAATSU users have ranged from Peter Lansbury, PhD (Brigham Women’s & Children Hospital) and Dr. Gary Strangman, PhD (Neural Systems Group and NASA) of the Harvard Medical School and cardiologists Noriaki Naganuma, MD and Toshihiro Morita, MD at the University of Tokyo Hospital to medical professionals at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo in Brazil, China's Jilin University and Beijing University, Osaka University in Japan, and the University of Missouri and the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Florida.

KAATSU users include many professional golfers and dozens of professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as many Olympians and Olympic medalists in wrestling, ski jumping, swimming, water polo, volleyball, rugby, track and field, marathon running, marathon swimming, and boxing. Users in the United States include athletic departments at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels including the Air Force Academy, West Point, MIT and University of California San Diego. High school students and teams from football to swimming and water polo use KAATSU for athletic performance improvement, rehabilitation and recovery.

KAATSU users are numerous throughout the U.S. military in the Army, Navy and Air Force, especially among special operators (i.e., Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, and Air Force Special Operators).

But the largest demographic of KAATSU users, by far, are aging Baby Boomers. Women over the age of 50 are the largest single demographic of KAATSU users both in Japan and the United States.

What is KAATSU?
KAATSU is often defined as BFR Or Blood Flow Restriction training. KAATSU is the original BFR, but KAATSU can be more properly described as Blood Flow Modification because the arterial flow (from the torso to the limbs) is not occluded and the venous flow (back from the limbs to the torso) is only slightly modified.

KAATSU is a safe form of venous modification that is induced by the tightening of elastic pneumatic bands around either the upper arms or upper legs for brief and repeated periods of time.

The inflation and deflation of the bands are controlled by either consumer-oriented handheld devices (e.g., KAATSU Cycle 2.0 or KAATSU B1 or KAATSU C3 or KAATSU AI) or larger clinical-use devices (e.g., KAATSU Master 2.0). The inflation and deflation sequence is based on protocols and algorithms developed by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato and tested among thousands of cardiac rehabilitation patients at the University of Tokyo Hospital.

Where Can KAATSU Be Used?
KAATSU can be performed or applied anywhere including at hospitals or physical therapy clinics, at home or school, in work cubicles and offices, while traveling in hotels or on airplanes, and in pools or the ocean.

KAATSU Air Bands are made from neoprene and are used by swimmers, water polo players, surfers, kayakers, SUP paddlers, rowers, and people doing aquarobics and aqua therapy.

When Can KAATSU Be Performed?
KAATSU can be done anytime from the time you wake up until shortly before going to bed.

KAATSU can be done while:

* doing physical therapy
* standing still or running
* sitting while typing emails or watching TV
* rowing or throwing
* hitting balls (golf or baseball)
* kicking (balls or during kickboxing)
* walking (the dog) or hiking
* while exercising or doing physical therapy
* cooking or cleaning
* packing or folding clothes
* recovering from a vigorous workout or jet lag
* before, between and after athletic performances or vigorous/lengthy training sessions including weight training workouts

5-20 minutes a session is sufficient to gain benefits and see results. KAATSU can be (and should be) done daily - even 2-3 times per day if time permits. This is especially useful when KAATSU is used for rehabilitation and as an augmentation to traditional physical therapy.

Why Do KAATSU?
The vast array of KAATSU protocols are used for:

1. athletic performance (e.g., improved speed, strength, stamina, range of motion, agility, technique)
2. rehabilitation of injured muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons
3. recovery from surgeries, jet lag, insomnia, vigorous and sustained physical activities, and athletic performances
4. wellness maintenance or improvement especially for deconditioned, bedridden or obese individuals, people leading primarily sedentary lifestyles, wounded warriors, paraplegics and quadriplegics
5. pain management and reduction, including lower back and joint discomfort

The inflated bands lead to a temporary and repeated engorgement of blood in either the arms or legs. This engorgement is a natural catalyst for myriad safe and healthful biochemical reactions in both your vascular system and brain.

In particular, NO (nitric oxide), IGF-1 (insulin growth factor), endothelial cells (VEGF or vascular endothelial growth factor), HGH (human growth hormone), testosterone, adrenaline, plasmalogens and ceramides are produced as a result of the different KAATSU protocols.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Post-ACL Surgery KAATSU Protocols

For who? Competitive athletes
For what? Mobility, Flexibility, Recovery and Rehabilitation
























































After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, rehabilitation begins in order to help blood circulation, prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, and to prevent muscle atrophy.

Dr. Yoshiaki Sato has long worked with KAATSU Specialists in Japan to develop specific protocols to incorporate KAATSU into post-ACL surgery rehabilitation.

With the approval of your physician and therapist, patients can begin KAATSU soon (72 hours) after the surgery if there are no complications. The patient can also do KAATSU on their other healthy limbs (i.e., healthy leg and both arms). The standard protocol includes the following:

KAATSU Equipment
›› Use either the KAATSU Master 2.0, the KAATSU Nano, the KAATSU C3, and the KAATSU B1 together with the KAATSU Air Bands.
›› The KAATSU Air Bands may look like a tourniquet or blood pressure cuff, but they are specifically designed and manufactured to allow arterial flow to continue and only moderate the venous flow.
›› Because KAATSU has systemic effects, it is recommended to do KAATSU both on the arms first and then the legs no matter when the injury or surgery is located.

Important Points
›› Be well-hydrated before and during KAATSU the Original BFR.
›› Always follow KAATSU protocols (i.e., always have Capillary Refill Time within 3 seconds with no occlusion).
›› You should experience no lightheadedness, or no numbness or whiteness in your limbs. If so, immediately take off the KAATSU Air Bands. ›› Always start with the KAATSU Cycles on both the arms and legs. For older patients and patients who lead sedentary lives, ONLY do KAATSU Cycles.
›› Proceed with KAATSU 3-point Exercises (first on arms and then on legs) or do KAATSU while conducting physical rehabilitation exercises. ›› KAATSU can be done daily, even twice per day during rehabilitation or recovery from injuries.
›› Use an appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU that is safe and falls within the standard KAATSU guidelines. However, it is always best to begin KAATSU sessions with low Optimal SKU on the first few KAATSU Cycles.
›› Never experience pain in the joint, tendon, bone or injured areas while doing KAATSU.
›› Always use the correct form in any movements.
›› Rest between sets and between exercises should be no more than 30 seconds.
›› Always breathe normally throughout the KAATSU Constant and KAATSU Cycle modes.
›› You can do KAATSU Cycle daily, but limit your KAATSU sessions to 15 minutes on your arms and 20 minutes on your legs during each session. ›› Sessions should always start with the KAATSU Cycle (i.e., 20 seconds of pressure on + 5 seconds of pressure off). This will help prepare (“warm-up”) the muscles, veins and capillaries before doing anything more strenuous.
›› In order to avoid atrophy, you can regularly do the KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on your legs.

KAATSU Cycles ›› With the KAATSU Air Bands at the appropriate Base SKU pressure (i.e., manual tightening) and Optimal SKU pressure (i.e., the inflated pressure), do 3 sets each of the following depending on how the you feel and your range of mobility:

* toe curls
* heel raises (or just rotating the ankles)
* leg curls
* repeated quadricep contractions
* stretching
* stationary bike riding
* leg presses

›› You can do the same KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on your healthy leg and the following KAATSU 3-Point Exercises for your arms, performed slowly while contracting your muscles:

* hand clenches
* biceps curls
* triceps extensions
* stretching

›› As you become more mobile, simple walking (especially in the sand at the beach) with the KAATSU Air Bands on is beneficial. You can even do this at yourr home or office as you walk back and forth in your room. If you regularly do these exercises, you should not see any muscle atrophy.

›› Your skin should turn pink or reddish as your limb should experience an engorgement of pool in the limbs.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or therapist.

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