Showing posts with label Michael Andrew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Andrew. Show all posts

Saturday, June 12, 2021

KAATSU User versus Non-KAATSU User at the US Olympic Swimming Trials

For who? Competitive swimmers, Olympic fans
For what? Strength, stamina, speed

Who will win the most anticipated race of the USA Olympic Swimming Trials: Michael Andrew or Ryan Lochte

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U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials prognosticators Coleman Hodges, Garrett McCaffrey, and SwimSwam Editor-in-Chief Braden Keith break down the most exciting races - across all distances and strokes in the men's and women's events - between America's fastest elite competitive swimmers.

The trio was in consensus on picking the highlight race of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. It is unquestionably the men's 200m individual medley - one lap fast of each stroke, the sprint decathlon of swimming. The race has so many story lines buried within it. But, it ultimately boils down to youth versus veteran.

It is the most anticipated race of the meet, showcasing an intriguing rivalry between KAATSU user Michael Andrew and one of history's most successful Olympians of all time 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte.

For more information of the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit here. June 18th is the date of the showdown between Andrew and Lochte. Andrew is scheduled to race the 200m IM as well as the 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, and 100m freestyle while Lochte is entered in six races.

To support Andrew's focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, use SWIMMERMICHAEL code to purchase KAATSU equipment at

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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).

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tina & Michael Andrew Involved In International Swimming League

For who? swimmers, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

KAATSU users Tina Andrew and her son 5-time world champion Michael Andrew will both participate in the new International Swimming League, the first professional swimming league for elite swimmers.

The International Swimming League (ISL) will debut this year as the first professional sports league for elite competitive swimmers. In October, the ISL will host a series of U.S. and European-based competitions that will culminate in a global championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By putting the most popular sport in the Olympics on display, the ISL will shift the paradigm of swimming by offering professional athletes a chance to participate in regular seasons and earn competitive bonuses, prize money, appearance money, and build commercial value.

The ISL was founded by Ukrainian financier Konstantin Grigorishin who has focused on securing and providing sustainable commercial growth in the swimming.

Mixed ISL gender teams will compete for points in fast-paced races - including sprint, relay and skin. The league offers the following characteristics:

* A team-based competition format where swimmers compete for team points
* Financial incentives where each athlete signs two contracts: one with their team and another with the ISL that enables them two sources of revenue: one that runs through their teams and a separate one that comes directly from the league
* Gender equality is guaranteed where 12 men and 12 women will represent each team
* World’s best athletes will participate in the ISL including 75% of swimming's current Olympic champions and world record holders
* Regular seasons with swim meets held around the global from October to December. In 2020, the season will be expanded.
* Zero tolerance of doping is the rule as no athlete with a previous doping violation is allowed to compete and there is zero tolerance policy if doping is discovered

The U.S. will be represented by four teams:

1. New York Breakers headed by General Manager Tina Andrew, mother-manager of 5-time world champion Michael Andrew
2. Los Angeles headed by General Manager Lenny Krayzelburg, a backstroking Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder
3. DC Trident headed by General Manager Kaitlin Sandeno, an Olympic gold medalist, world champion and former world record-holder
4. Cali Condors headed by Jason Lezak, a 4-time Olympic gold medalist

Current Olympic champions and world record holders like Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian and Ryan Murphy will serve as ambassadors for the ISL that will kickoff on October 4th - 5th 2019 and will continue almost every weekend through November 24th.

The finals will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on December 20th and 21st 2019. The four best clubs from the United States and Europe will compete for prize money.

For more information about the International Swimming League, visit here or on Twitter @SwimISL, Instagram @iswimleague, and Facebook.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Michael Andrew Wins Breakout Performer of the Year at Golden Goggles

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

Michael Andrew won the Breakout Performer of the Year Award at USA Swimming's Golden Goggles Awards ceremony on November 19th in New York City.

While away from home for over 3 months while touring the world and competing at six events on the 2018 FINA World Cup circuit, he continued his use of KAATSU with his KAATSU Nano and neoprene KAATSU Aqua Bands, made specifically for aquatic applications.

The 19-year-old from Kansas who will move to Encinitas, California with his father-coach Peter Andrew, manager-mother Tina and his younger sister had a breakthrough season this year.

At the 2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships, Andrew won national titles in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly to become the first man since 2008 to win at least four titles at USA Swimming National Championships or the USA Olympic Trials.

In Tokyo at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships [see videos below], Andrew won a gold medal in the pressure-packed 50m freestyle on the last day of competition for his first individual medal at a major long-course international meet after training with his KAATSU Aqua Bands.

After the 50m freestyle race, Andrew describes his use of KAATSU Cycle between the preliminary heats and the finals on August 12th in the video above. He described his use of KAATSU in the buildup to the championships in the video below.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

KAATSU Cycling At The 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

For who? swimmers, athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

Michael Andrew won his first individual gold medal in a major international meet. After the race, he described his use of KAATSU Cycle between the preliminary heats and the finals at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan on 12 August 2018 in the video above. He described his use of KAATSU in the buildup to the championships in the video below.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Michael Andrew Goes 3 For 3

For who? swimmers, student-athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

At the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, 17-year-old Michael Andrew had an evening to remember.

At 6:24 pm, he set a world record in the 50-meter backstroke, winning the event in a time of 24.63 seconds.

At 6:40 pm, he entered the water again in the 50-meter butterfly in a semifinal heat and qualified first in 23.27 seconds, setting another world record.

At 7:11 pm, he walked up to the starting blocks in the 50-meter freestyle for his third race in 45 minutes and won the event, setting his third world record in 21.75 seconds.

He followed the KAATSU Cycle protocol between races that allowed him to recover quickly and prepare himself physiologically for his next event.

For more information on his remarkable evening, visit SwimSwam and Swimming World Magazine.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

KAATSU User Michael Andrew Wins First World Title

Photo courtesy of Peter H. Bick for Swimming World Magazine.

Michael Andrew, a phenomenal 17-year-old from Kansas won his first world swimming title yesterday in Canada in the 100m individual medley at the 2016 FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships.

Coached by his father, Peter Andrew, Michael uses blood flow moderation training with KAATSU Cycles and KAATSU Training on his KAATSU Master unit.

The Andrew's use of KAATSU is illustrative to what is recommended to aquatic athletes and their counterparts on dryland, using either a portable KAATSU Nano or a larger KAATSU Master.

1. Strength building
(a) warm-up with KAATSU Cycle with an appropriate Base SKU and Optimal SKU levels 2-3 times on both arms and legs.
(b) a wide variety of body-weight exercises and resistance band exercises, along with use of ergometers with the KAATSU Arm Bands (and separately with KAATSU Leg Bands), always going to either muscular or technical failure generally in sets of 3-4.

2. Stamina building
(a) swim short sets of sprints (8-12) of 25-50 yards or meters with 20 seconds rest between, ideally performed at the end of practice.
(b) after the KAATSU swim sprints are completed, remove bands and loosen down a bit (100-300 meters) and then do one last all-out sprint. The athletes usually feel strong and swim outstandingly fast.

3. Speed building
(a) swim short sprints (15-25 meters) and agility drills that should be performed with a strong kick.
(b) practice race starts (3-5).
(c) practice race-pace breakouts and turns.

4. Skill improvement
(a) Use KAATSU Arm Bands or KAATSU Leg Bands (on alternate days) during shooting drills for water polo players.
(b) Use KAATSU Arm Bands or KAATSU Leg Bands during swimming technique drill sets (on butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke or freestyle). The athletes usually feel an enhanced tactile feel in the water as a result.
(b) Use KAATSU Leg Bands during kicking sets for swimmers, especially intense when using fins, or during eggbeatering drills that are especially important for goalies.

5. Warm-up
(a) Conduct warm-up on dryland with "light" KAATSU Cycles before a game/swim meet or between games/swims on multi-game tournaments or multiple swims during one day.
(b) Do KAATSU Cycles (Cycle 20) between prelims and finals at the hotel or home.

6. Recovery
(a) Warm-down with "light" KAATSU Cycles after a practice/game/swim meet in order to recover well for the next day.
(b) Do KAATSU Cycles (Cycle 20) after finals in the evenings in the hotel/home in order to recover well for the next day of competition.

7. Flexibility
(a) Stretch on dryland with KAATSU Cycles in order to increase range of motion.
(b) Stretch in the water with KAATSU Arm Bands or KAATSU Leg Bands on in order to increase range of motion.

8. Rehabilitation
(a) Perform KAATSU based on the advice of a physician, physical therapist or trainer.

To research Frequently Asked Questions about KAATSU, visit here.

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