Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Enjoying the Outdoors with KAATSU the Original BFR

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

BFR trainers, coaches, users and advocates are often shown working hard sweating in a gym, lifting weights, and pushing iron. They work hard in order to build muscle. That is also entirely possible with KAATSU the Original BFR - but is not necessary.

KAATSU equipment can lead to all the physiological benefits of BFR (Blood Flow Restriction), but you can also have fun and enjoy the outdoors too. Or, simply watch a TV show or do homework or housework with your KAATSU Air Bands and equipment. Especially with the new KAATSU C3, the third-generation BFR product from KAATSU Global.

Use a Hula Hoop, play Frisbee, thrown a baseball, throw football, kick a soccer ball, play pickleball or beach volleyball. Hike or take your dog on a walk.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Quarantined? Do KAATSU At Home - Lower Back Exercises

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, competitive athletes, runners, work-at-home employees, study-at-home students
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery, KAATSU Cycle

All the exercises and movements above are performed regularly by Tina Newman, a 56-year-old aesthetician from Costa Mesa, California. She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 model and her KAATSU Air Bands, set usually on the lowest possible SKU pressure to help strengthen her lower back.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Waist Workouts With KAATSU

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

As we age, fat especially around the waistline seems to be more easily and quickly accumulated. It also becomes increasingly difficult to lose this fat.

But KAATSU the Original BFR can be effectively and efficiently used to tone your waist in your 40's, 50's, 60's, and beyond.

Some typical waist-slimming and waist-toning exercises are ideally performed after a KAATSU warm-up. A warm-up consists of the KAATSU 3-Point Exercises performed in the KAATSU Cycle mode.

The KAATSU 3-Point Exercises with the KAATSU Air Bands on your legs includes Toe Curls + Toe Raises + Heel Raises while sitting for weaker users or Toe Curls + Toe Raises + Standing Leg Curls + Quarter Squats for stronger users.
Waist-slimming exercises include the following:

1. Sit-ups

* Snugly place the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms.
* Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your toes flat on the ground.

* Concentrate on your abdominal muscle and slowly raise your body while exhaling.
* Lift your body as high as possible 5 - 20 times using only your abdominal muscle while your arms are relaxed.

2. Side Bends

* Snugly place the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms.
* Stand with your legs slightly wider than your shoulders.
* Hold a plastic water bottle or light dumbbell in one hand.
* Relax your shoulders and place your other hand on your hip.
* Slowly lean toward the side with your hand on your hip and then return to the standing position.
* Repeat 5 - 20 times on one side.
* Then repeat the same exercise on the other side after you switch the water bottle to your other hand.
* Repeat this exercise daily or, optimally, twice per day (both in the morning and afternoon or evening).

3. Trunk Twists

* Snugly place the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms.
* Stand with your legs slightly wider than your shoulders.
* Relax your shoulders and place both hands on your hips.
* Slowly twist your body to one side, return to the original position, and then slowly twist to the other side.
* Repeat 5 - 20 times on both sides.
* Then repeat the same exercise on the other side after you switch the water bottle to your other hand.
* Repeat this exercise daily or, optimally, twice per day (both in the morning and afternoon or evening).

Key Point

* The KAATSU Air Bands should be place snugly on your arms. Snugly means that you can put one finger between the KAATSU Air Bands and your skin - but not two or three fingers. If you can put two or three fingers between the bands and your skin, the bands should be manually tightened a bit more.


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Halli Balli, Silk Aerialist - Hula Hooper - Fire Dancer, With KAATSU

For who? Competitive athletes, acrobats, dancers, extreme athletes, climbers, martial artists
For what? Strength, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery

Halli Balli is an aerialist and fire dancer who grew up in Hawaii and is currently working in Colorado. She worked out with her pink KAATSU Air Bands and the KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Constant modes on the original KAATSU Nano device.

Her creativity, passion and energy is showcased in her visual entertainment productions - and her KAATSU workouts with her pink KAATSU Air Bands were absolutely grueling.

For more information on Balli, visit RAW Artists, an international, independent arts organization in 70 cities worldwide focused on aiding independent artists - like Balli - in their creative careers.

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Quarantined? Do KAATSU At Home - Lower Body Exercises

For who? Baby Boomers, older individuals, retirees, competitive athletes, runners, ice hockey players, soccer players, dancers, stay-at-home employees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery, KAATSU Cycle

All the exercises and movements above are performed regularly by Tina Newman, a 56-year-old aesthetician from Costa Mesa, California. She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 model and her KAATSU Air Bands, set usually on the lowest possible SKU pressure.

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Michael + KAATSU: Recover Faster, Rehab Stronger, Perform Better

For who? Swimmers, water polo players, divers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, triathletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery, KAATSU Cycle, KAATSU Aqua

Michael Andrew has been living the American dream for a number of years already.

Now in this postponed Tokyo Olympic year, one of the most visible and popular swimmers on the planet, is on the verge of living his Olympic dream.

Michael and his family, coach-father Peter, mother-manager Tina, and younger sister Michaela have road tripped to swim meets across the country - and now they often travel internationally as the 21-year-old Michael has developed into one of the fastest swimmers on the planet.

Michael, a 2016 world champion and 2018 Pan Pacific champion, specializes in the 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. He is renowned for his innovative training methods and currently serves as the vice-captain for the New York Breakers in the International Swimming League.

Michael and Peter have spent years identifying, testing, and using the most innovative and convenient modalities to train effectively and recover efficiently. Their aim has been to utilize an array of cutting-edge technologies that enable Michael to constantly improve - which he has achieved.

One of the technologies that Michael has used for the last few years is KAATSU and KAATSU Aqua, both in the pool for speed and strength and on dryland for recovery, especially before and after his grueling training sessions and during competitions. Michael originally used the KAATSU Nano and KAATSU Cycle 2.0, but now uses the KAATSU C3, portable, handheld devices that are conveniently used at home, in the pool, at the gym, on an airplane, and in hotel rooms during his away meets and travel.

Steven Munatones, a former USA Swimming national team coach, explains, "Michael uses KAATSU and KAATSU Aqua similarly to applications used by Navy SEALs, professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS, and Olympians from track & field to rugby. KAATSU can be used to build strength, improve stamina, increase speed, and range of motion. But its most convenient application is, frankly, recovery after intense workouts and between races during multi-day competitions - like the Olympics will be [see here and here].

KAATSU and KAATSU Aqua works because it naturally increases the elasticity of the vascular tissue throughout our bodies with a significant release of hormones and metabolites. Capillaries and veins are ubiquitous throughout our bodies. If these capillaries and veins were laid end-to-end, the collective length would circle the globe more than two times.

With KAATSU equipment, our capillaries and veins are naturally made more elastic and resilient. Even slight movement of our limb is a catalyst for a hormonal response. So, for example, just sitting down in the bleachers and playing on your phone with the KAATSU bands is sufficient to help efficiently remove lactate after a race. This is what Michael has discovered – the same thing that other professional and tactical athletes have long known.

One example of his innovative use of KAATSU was when Michael had three big swims in 47 minutes at the FINA World Junior Championships [see here]. There was not enough time to do a normal warm-down, go to the awards ceremony, and return to the blocks with that kind of schedule. So his recovery relied on his handy KAATSU equipment.

Michael was the first world-class athlete – anywhere – to use the new KAATSU C3, the third generation KAATSU equipment that will be released in April. This device was developed with input from Navy SEALs and Olympic athletes. The KAATSU C3 includes customizable functions that are well-suited and invaluable to give athletes that competitive edge

Prior to the Tokyo Olympics, Michael will also be the first in the world to use the KAATSU B1, a next-generation device that not only works with the KAATSUfit app on smartphones, but also incorporates the functions of the Masimo MightySATTM Finger Pulse Oximeter [see here], another leading technology that Michael utilizes.

KAATSU was invented in Japan in 1966 and is the world’s leading automated BFR system for exercise, rehabilitation, and recovery. The patented pneumatic bands and algorithms improve blood circulation in the arms and legs which results in a natural cascade of physiological effects and significant hormonal release. The proprietary technology is supported by decades of research at top academic institutions from the University of Tokyo Hospital to Harvard Medical School as well as hundreds of peer-reviewed published studies.

Michael has used the original KAATSU Master, KAATSU Nano, and KAATSU Cycle 2.0 to date. The pneumatic KAATSU Bands are interchangeably used with any of the KAATSU devices.

He will start using the KAATSU C3 in April and the KAATSU B1 later in July, with KAATSU AI later. Other swimmers can learn about and tap into the same technology and protocols by visiting or downloading the KAATSUfit app on iOS and Android.

Use discount code SWIMMERMICHAEL for US$50 off on the KAATSU C3 and KAATSU B1 products - good until July 23th, the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Learn more about KAATSU and purchase here with US$50 discount code SWIMMERMICHAEL.

For more information on Michael, visit @swimmermichael and For more information on KAATSU, visit

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

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Monday, March 22, 2021


For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, busy executives, competitive athletes including runners, ice hockey players, soccer players, basketball players, stay-at-home employees
For what? Rehabilitation, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery, KAATSU Cycle

Decades ago since 1973, KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato has performed and taught single-limb KAATSU for a variety of purposes.

Single-limb KAATSU is when KAATSU Air Bands are used only on one limb as opposed to the more commonly used dual-limb KAATSU (when KAATSU Air Bands are simultaneously placed on both limbs with the same pressure). Single-limb KAATSU is most often used during physical therapy, rehabilitation or post-surgery recovery.

However, single-limb KAATSU is also used for limited KAATSU athletic performance drills under low pressures when one limb is notably weaker than the other limb.

This photo on left shows Dr. Sato teaching single-limb KAATSU to coaches and trainers for use by elite athletes for specific athletic performance drills, correcting imbalances in limb strength and functional movement, and for single-limb recovery (e.g., when a baseball pitcher uses KAATSU Cycles for recovery after intensely pitching in a game.

The photo on left shows Dr. Sato doing single-limb KAATSU on Harvard Medical School Professor of Neurology Peter Lansbury. Users always start with low-pressure KAATSU Cycles and incrementally increases the pressure.

In the photo on left, Dr. Sato is doing single-limb KAATSU with an older Japanese woman who is recovering from knee surgery.

In both cases with Dr. Lansbury and the women, the standard single-limb KAATSU protocol is to start KAATSU Cycles at very conservative (low) pressures.

Depending on level of recovery and the range of motion of the limb, the user can move the limb in the KAATSU Constant mode, but only after several sets of KAATSU Cycles.

With the newest KAATSU models (i.e., KAATSU C3, the KAATSU B1, or the KAATSU AI), there is an option that enables Single-limb KAATSU for individuals undergoing rehabilitation or in need of recovery of a single limb (e.g., like with baseball pitchers).

A simply KAATSU Plug enables this option on the new KAATSU C3 model.

In the KAATSU B1 model to be launched before the Tokyo Olympic Games, or the KAATSU AI to be released after the Tokyo Olympics, the KAATSU app can simultaneously direct different pressures to different limbs, and can also completely turn off pressure on one band in order to do single-limb KAATSU.

Single-limb KAATSU has been used since 1973 when KAATSU inventor Dr. Sato developed the protocol to help his broken ankle heal. 2010 Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick used single-limb KAATSU to rehabilitate from a ski jump accident and recover fast enough to heal and not only serve as the USA Olympic Team flag bearer, but also to compete in the Nordic Combined event.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

KAATSU Supple Launches In Japan

For who? Baby Boomers, stay-at-home mothers, retirees, stay-at-home employees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery, stress relief, KAATSU Cycle

When Japanese KAATSU Instructor Ayumi Oikubo visited the United States before the COVID-19 pandemic, she noticed that KAATSU Global was encouraging its users to do KAATSU anywhere and anytime.

Upon her return to Tokyo, Oikubo launched her new service called the KAATSU Online Studio ( that is designed for women. She explains, "They can do KAATSU anywhere and anytime in a short time. They like to improve their lack of exercise, their poor blood circulation, and any disease specific to women.

Our mission is to enable Japanese women to become more healthy and more beautiful. We would also like to improve the Japanese gender gap (Japan’s gender gap is ranked 121st among 153 countries). Many Japanese women have to raise their children without any help from their husband in Japan. Frankly, it is so difficult to get any free time for themselves. And it is difficult to return to work, so they can't help but feel they aren't needed by society. We want to indirectly improve this situation by our KAATSU Supple service that enables these women to efficiently receive KAATSU guidance in short time periods while they are able to communicate with adults.

This way, they become better at improving their health, losing weight, and improving their mental frame of mind. Our clients are getting better, becoming more positive, and feel happier because of this service. I want them to be strong as a woman.

Our customers can select either a one-time payment or separate payments. The price of ¥18,000/month plus the cost of the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 enables them to do 4 personal training sessions with an online KAATSU Instructor

For more information, visit KAATSU Supple on Instagram, Twitter and a variety of media here.

Oikubo's KAATSU Studio is SuAi (スアイ)with an Instagram account here.

The KAATSU Instructors in the SuAi KAATSU Studio clude Oikubo Ayumi (おいくぼ あゆみ), Iwasa Kaori (岩佐 香), Kuwahara Hazuki (桑原 葉月), Maeda Mai (前田 舞), Asari Miku (浅利 未来), Dewa Rika (出羽 理画), Ishida Manami (石田 愛美), Kaiko Miyu (開高 みゆ), and Onodera Shoko (小野寺 祥子).

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Quarantined? Do KAATSU At Home - Core Exercises

For who? Stay-at-home employees, mothers, competitive athletes
For what? Core, core strength, functional movement

All the exercises and movements above are performed regularly by Tina Newman, a 56-year-old aesthetician from Costa Mesa, California. She uses the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 model and her KAATSU Air Bands set usually on the lowest possible SKU pressure.

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Demographic Shifts Lead To Implementation Of KAATSU

For who? Baby Boomers, older individuals, retirees, older athletes, runners, walkers, stay-at-home employees
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery

Never before in the history of mankind has the world had to deal with the current phenomenon of prolonged and continuous aging of the human species. Smaller families with fewer children and an increasing number of older people are causing massive demographic shifts around the world.

While governments and society have been dealing with an aging population in countries like Japan and South Korea, even the fertility rates in Muslim countries and Sub-Saharan Africa are decreasing faster than ever before.

Countries are looking for solutions to these major demographic shifts — including technological alternatives like automation or telemedicine — in order to ease this unprecedented transition. But KAATSU presents a simple, easy-to-implement BFR solution now.

Models like the KAATSU C3 can be used anywhere anytime by anyone.

The benefits and outcomes include muscle toning, strength building, improved balance and increased stamina. Older people do not need to go to the fitness club or a gym to workout; they can achieve all these goals by simply working around the house or their yard or garden and reap the benefits.

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The KAATSU Smile

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, competitive athletes, injured athletes, injured stay-at-home employees
For what? Rehabilitation, recovery, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, KAATSU Cycle

One of the most important objectives that Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, the inventor of KAATSU the Original BFR, teaches KAATSU Instructors and KAATSU Master Specialists around the world is both surprising - and not surprising.

Dr. Sato teaches KAATSU so the users can recover faster, rehabilitate stronger, and perform better. This is a purely psychological reaction and hormonal response. But he has an overarching fourth objective, a goal at once more profound and immediately apparent.

He wants to see KAATSU users smile. Their KAATSU smile is the concrete goal of the KAATSU users, KAATSU Instructors, and KAATSU Master Specialists.

This is true even if the athlete has just completed a vigorous workout or a physical therapy session.

Dr. Sato teaches that user's smiles are the most obvious and genuine human expression of sincere joy, pleasure, amusement, approval and relief (from pain or stress or frustrations).

At the U.S. Olympic Committee Training Center in Chula Vista, California, the USA Rugby national women's team (called the Women's Eagles) uses a KAATSU Master, mostly for rehabilitation.

When one of their athletes, All-World Cup Team member Hope Rogers-Dellermann (@ihope38), had been undergoing rehabilitation for several weeks, it was a tough period. But she was finally able to use the KAATSU Master unit under the tutelage of KAATSU Master Specialist David Tawil.

After a few gentle KAATSU Cycles while using a simple resistance band, the Penn State graduate and two-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, felt a muscular sensation that made her smile broadly and immediately. Her countenance brightened when she felt pressure on her muscles with apparently simple movements. Her demeanor became even more friendly and laughter filled the training room.

The KAATSU smile ended another KAATSU session. Mission accomplished.

To follow Hope and her teammates, visit here and @ihope38 on Instagram, and here on Twitter. Before the pandemic, Hope was one of three USA Women's Eagles who made the Dream Teams for #SuperSeries2019.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Finding A Way With Diana Nyad and Dr. Sato

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, swimmers, extreme athletes, adventurers
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility

Author, journalist, motivational speaker, and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Diana Nyad completed a 177 km 52 hour 54 minute swim from Cuba and Florida in 2013.

Then 64 years old, Nyad came out of the salty waters of the Florida Straits in a physically traumatic condition and was taken straight to the hospital.

After she emerged with many jellyfish stings, Nyad later told her story in a popular book Find a Way. The New York Times Book Review described the autobiography as “life-affirming...a story about refusing to accept, or be defined by, defeat.”

Find a Way tells the backstory of how Nyad completed the unprecedented swim from Cuba to Florida, one of her life dreams. The book was adapted for a film, appropriately called Nyad that will star Annette Bening.

Bening has been nominated for four Academy Awards throughout her career and is best known for roles including American Beauty, The Grifters, The Kids Are All Right, 20th Century Women, The Seagull, and The Report.

Production is scheduled to begin this summer with Academy Award, BAFTA and Emmy Award winning Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (of Free Solo) set to direct Nyad. Vasarhelyi and Chin won the Academy Award for ‘Best Documentary Feature’, and a BAFTA for ‘Best Documentary’ for their 2018 documentary Free Solo, which also nabbed two Emmy Awards.

I was very fortunate and humbled to be on Diana’s failed crossings,” said Steven Munatones of KAATSU Global. “She went through so much over those years: failure, doubt, endless training, storms, box jellyfish, uncooperative weather and conditions. But in the end, she found a way. It was not easy and not inexpensive. But she ultimately saw her dream to fulfillment and got the job done. I am excited to see her life and story depicted by Annette Bening on the big screen.”

KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato met Nyad years ago [shown above] to explain how she could incorporate KAATSU into her rehabilitation from an injury and include ongoing exercise regimen.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

KAATSU For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

For who? Baby Boomers, white collar employees, blue collar employees, aestheticians, dentists, drivers, carpenters
For what? Rehabilitation, recovery, relief, functional movement, mobility

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that leads to numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands and arms. It often occurs because of repetitive hand motions (e.g., typing) and can be painful and certainly disconcerting and uncomfortable.

There are no proven strategies to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, but according to the Mayo Clinic, those who are afflicted with this condition can try:

* Reducing your force and relaxing your grip at work
* Take short, frequent breaks and gently stretch and periodically bend your hands and wrists.
* Alternate tasks whenever possible.
* Modify the movement of your fingers, wrist and hand.
* Improve your posture.
* Change to a more comfortable computer mouse.
* Keep your hands warm.

KAATSU presents an additional and alternative solution that have been appreciated by many.

KAATSU Cycles on the KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU C3 or KAATSU B1 models can be done up to 3 sessions per day. An ideal schedule would be to do in the morning before going to work and while you prepare for work as you get ready, drink coffee, eat breakfast or catch up on the daily news. Also, later in the afternoon and once again in the evening before going to bed.

During each of your KAATSU sessions, you can do up to 6 KAATSU Cycles on your arms - and a similar number of KAATSU Cycles on your legs.

There is no need to do vigorous exercises or work intensely with KAATSU Air Bands on in order to help alleviate your carpal tunnel syndrome.

Movement and specific exercises are optional. However, wearing KAATSU Air Bands while doing KAATSU Cycles and moving gently is optimal - including going for a simple walk or doing stretches. But movements that your physical therapist recommends, while using the KAATSU Air Bands, are best.

* Be well hydrated before and during KAATSU.
* Start off with very low (conservative) SKU pressures and very gradually increase pressure (SKU).
* There is no need to push yourself too hard or use too high pressure in the beginning. Take it easy and take it slowly.
* Always have a pinker or redder tone to your skin than normal - this indicates blood pooling in your limbs during KAATSU which is one of the key goals.

Similar to individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, the same protocols can be used with those individuals with similar discomfort, paralysis, lack of movement, or painful movement in their fingers, hands and wrists.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

KAATSU Use During Long-distance Travel

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, competitive athletes, vacationers
For what? Stress relief, recovery, jet lag, insomnia, functional movement, mobility

Recovery from jet lag or travel fatigue can be addressed with repeated KAATSU Cycle sets.

The applications of KAATSU Cycle sets while sitting or relaxing in bullet trains in Japan, on overnight travel on an AmTrak train, on a long-distance Greyhound bus, or during intercontinental travel in Europe are numerous, effective and efficient.

Use any KAATSU model with appropriately sized KAATSU Air Bands and do Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets, always starting at low pressure, and then subsequently increasing in SKU pressure.

You can use during ground - or air or marine - transportation; the longer the travel, the most beneficial KAATSU becomes.

Recommended protocols for optimal benefits:
* Be well hydrated before and during KAATSU Cycles.
* Start off in lowest SKU pressure setting.
* Sit or relax comfortably while doing KAATSU Cycles.
* Gently and repeatedly do simple exercises or movements.
* Continue with lowest SKU pressure setting - or gradually and slowly increase the pressure as you see fit.
* Enjoy the view, watch movies, read books or talk with friends and family while enjoying KAATSU.

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KAATSU For Space Colonization, Applications By SpaceX, Blue Origin

For who? Astronauts
For what? Sarcopenia, muscle maintenance, muscle atrophy, bone maintanence, bone degeneration (osteoarthritis)

In various research studies, KAATSU has been found to help prevent muscle atrophy during space flight (e.g., Hemodynamic responses to simulated weightlessness of 24-h head-down bed rest and KAATSU blood flow restriction).

Fundamentally, these research results indicate that KAATSU can stimulate a gravity-like stress during weightlessness, which can replicate the physiological outcome of standing back on earth. KAATSU reproduces the effects on the heart rate, stroke volume, norepinephrine, vasopressin, and plasma renin activity. while stimulating a gravity-like stress during weightlessness. Fundamentally, these research results indicate that KAATSU reproduces the effects of standing on heart rate, stroke volume, norepinephrine, vasopressin, plasma renin activity.

So not only can muscle mass be maintained in space flight, but also the blood circulation continues as it normally does in the upright position while on Earth. On a practical basis, use of KAATSU can help maintain the health and wellness of astronauts, but the short and efficient KAATSU sessions can also enable more research time for experiments and important research.

Muscle mass and bone denisty are normally decreased in space. But to prevent this, astronauts exercise on fixed equipment in the International Space Station at least six times per week for hours. In order to decrease the exercise time and increase the scientific work time in an effective, low-cost manner, the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation worked with Dr. Sato and his KAATSU scientific collaborators to produce prototype KAATSU space equipment in 2006.

"But now with Elon Musk with SpaceX and Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin exploring and moving quickly to expand colonies and civilization to other planets, the issue of muscle mass and bone density maintenance becomes even more important," says Steven Munatones. "Now KAATSU is not only a reasonable solution for human health for space travel, but also what happens to the human body during short- or long-term colonization on planets with significantly less gravitational pull like the moon and Mars? This is where the application of KAATSU is an extremely low-cost, highly effective, highly efficient, portable, extremely small-scale solution to the human physiological issues of space travel and space colonization."

Dr. Gary E. Strangman of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues Doctors Vladimir Ivkovic, Quan Zhang, Aaron Baggish, Adam Cohen, Brian Nahed, Aaron Dentinger, Eric Bershad, and Eric Rosenthal looked into testing KAATSU equipment for its potential to reduce elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in astronauts and those in zero gravity conditions.

In their report, Dr. Strangman notes, "In a handful of astronauts, elevated ICP has been found days or months post‐flight (measured by lumbar puncture). This visual impairment and intracranial pressure (VIIP) condition varies notably across astronauts.

To date, no countermeasures have been tested for VIIP, although two countermeasures have been utilized in spaceflight to mitigate in‐flight cephalad fluid shifts (and related cardiovascular changes): (1) Russian‐made Braslet thigh cuffs, and (2) lower‐body negative pressure (LBNP). Both help redistribute blood from the upper body into the lower extremities, for a more Earth‐equivalent fluid distribution. Both have operational challenges, including availability, obtrusiveness, and calibration

So they studied and tested KAATSU the original BFR, the first in space.

His explanation is posted above.

In Japan at the University of Tokyo Hospital, its cardiologists also studied blood flow in the brain with subjects doing KAATSU and documented the resultant improved blood flow in the brain when subjects were tested with MRI scanners.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

How Do You Approach Training?

For who? Competitive athletes, extreme athletes, recreational athletes
For what? Recovery, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up

A common issue that many athletes do not often address is the methods in which they approach their practices on a daily basis.

Many are content to simply show up on time. They either rush from home or school with many things on their mind. Others are distracted by friends, homework, work responsibilities, family matters or even what to make for dinner that evening.

"I thought I was preparing for workouts simply if I remembered all my gear and I showed up in time," recalled Steven Munatones. "But Dr. Sato, the inventor of KAATSU, demonstrated to me how a more thoughtful approach - even to the cellular level - was so much more productive and effective. That is where the KAATSU Cycle mode comes into play."

So getting ready to go to the pool or gym or field can now include putting on the KAATSU Air Bands first on your arms and then subsequently on your legs. By increasing the blood circulation before you start your training, by generating a surge of hormones and adrenalin before the workout starts really helps to make each and every workout so much better.

And the same is true after a workout - as Michael Andrew explains in his vlog above about his daily use of KAATSU the Original BFR.

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World-class Speed And Strength With KAATSU

For who? Bobsledders, competitive athletes, Olympic athletes, professional athletes
For what? Strength, speed, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, technical movements, technique

Robert Heiduk [shown on left] is a German sports scientist and the author of KAATSU - The Pressure Training From Japan. He is also a highly sought-after consultant for Google and PPG Industries, and many world-class athletes from powerlifters to bobsledders. Sprinters, middle-distance athletes, and distance specialists train differently, have different bodies, workout plans, and mindsets. This is true in running, swimming, cycling, speed skating and many different types of winter sports.

But, as Heiduk teaches, all athletes can effectively and efficiently use the 3 basic applications of KAATSU the original BFR:

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

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

During the KAATSU Cycle mode, the KAATSU Air Bands remain connected to the KAATSU equipment (KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU C3 or KAATSU B1 units) and automatically inflates and deflates to pressures between 0 - 500 SKU.

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

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

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

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

Athletes can combine specific distances or durations (or sets or drills) with pace, interval and pressure or KAATSU DPIP.

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

KAATSU Air Bands are inflated so athletes can achieve a certain pace in specific intervals over a set distance or duration.

For example, a runner can run 8x400m at 2-minute intervals at a 1-minute pace with the KAATSU bands set at 100 SKU. Swimmers can swim 8x100m at 1:45 at a 1:20 pace with the KAATSU bands set at 100 SKU.

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

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

Level 3: KAATSU Recovery
After a hard strength-training session, a vigorous workout, or a competition, athletes can use the KAATSU Cycle mode to efficiently flush out lactate from their major muscle groups, enabling them to recover well in time for their next workout or competitive event.

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

To recover from a workout or a competition, some athletes prefer to do repeated KAATSU Cycle sets with the same SKU pressure. Alternatively, other athletes prefer to start with a higher pressure and then decrease their pressure on subsequent sets. Some athletes prefer to do the opposite; they start with lower pressures and then increase their pressure on subsequent sets. It all depends on what the athletes prefer.

Athletes start with lower pressures on the first Cycle (e.g., Group Low on the KAATSU Cycle 2.0, Level 1 on the KAATSU Master, or 100 SKU on the KAATSU Nano). Subsequent sets are set to higher pressures (e.g., Group Medium and Group High on KAATSU Cycle 2.0, Levels 2-5 on KAATSU Master, or 150-400 SKU on KAATSU Nano).

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Improving Powerlifting Recovery and Results with KAATSU

For who? Competitive athletes, powerlifters, bodybuilders, football players, sumo wrestlers
For what? Strength, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, warm-up, recovery

Giancarlo Mavrici and Emma Bollinger quickly realized the benefits of KAATSU - and all its different applications.

The 22-year-old powerlifter from Germany and the 18-year-old American Olympic weightlifter from Florida are both emerging in their weight divisions in the sport of competitive powerlifting.

Mavrici, a 94 kg powerlifter, set a new German national junior deadlift record when he lifted 307.5 kg. Five months later in March 2016, Mavrici increased his deadlift performance to 320 kg while shedding 2 kg of body weight. During the same period, he also improved his squat best from 275 kg to 300 kg. His improvement was credited to his use of KAATSU. He explains here.

His key to success?

Mavrici uses a KAATSU Nano to recover from his strenuous competitions. "After a deloading period with KAATSU Training, he comes back more refreshed and stronger because KAATSU does not create muscle damage," explained KAATSU Master Specialist Robert Heiduk who authored the book KAATSU - The Pressure Training From Japan: New Perspectives in sport, therapy and health promotion. "KAATSU leads to high levels of muscle activation. It’s very good at inducing hypertrophy with potential in many different settings ranging from rehabilitation and regular exercise to sport specific training."

Bollinger is similarly rapidly moving up the ranks in her USA Weightlifting class where she is currently ranked #4 in the USA in the 55 kg weight class.

Her key to success?

Her father Rob, "Emma feels lucky to use the KAATSU and really can tell a difference in her readiness for competition lifts. When she goes to college this summer, she will take our unit because KAATSU is now a staple in her competition prep. Emma has found that using the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 KAATSU in concert with a Therabody Theragun Pro are very effective tools pre- post-workout and competition.

Employing a Therabody Theragun Pro, Emma spends about 20 minutes doing a complete pass over her body focusing on major muscle groups for 20-30 seconds. Then she employs the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 on the Cycle mode G1-G3 with the KAATSU Air Bands on her legs. Emma begins with active stretching and then will repeat Cycles on the G2 and G3 levels while moving an empty 15 kg barbell through the patterns of movement that align with the Clean & Jerk as well as the Snatch. During Admin time and while waiting on deck to lift, Emma uses the KAATSU Air Bands on her arms on Cycle levels G1 & G2.

Emma stretching with her KAATSU Air Bands on her legs, pre-competition.

Emmy starting her post-competition KAATSU Cycles with the KAATSU Air Bands on her legs.

Rob sums up his daughter's post-competition protocol, "Recovery is usually in the vehicle headed back home where Emma will employ the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 in the Cycle mode G1-G3 and P1-P3 on the drive."

"Athletes like Giancarlo and Emma can use their KAATSU devices in so many different ways," says Steven Munatones. "During training, they can literally begin their warm-up soon after they wake up. While getting ready for school or a morning workout, they can throw on their KAATSU Air Bands and do Cycles at low, conservative pressures while they are brushing their teeth or getting their gear ready - even before they leave their home.

Then, during their actual workouts, they can work on their technique, either without weights or very little weight, with the KAATSU in the Constant mode. As they improve, they can still use the light weights, but start increasing the KAATSU Constant pressure levels. Then, of course, they use the KAATSU Cycle mode for recovery post-workouts - and then again, within an hour of going to bed in order to help prepare their bodies for high-quality sleep. In their heavy training periods, this evening/sleep recovery is essential

To follow Giancarlo Mavrici, visit here and to visit Emma Bollinger, visit here.

Note: Athletes like Mavrici who are powerlifters compete in the squat, bench press, and deadlift to see who can lift as much weight as possible for 1 repetition. Powerlifters have three attempts to reach their maximum weight and are ranked in body-weight and age categories. The winner is determined by who has the highest powerlifting total.

Athletes like Bollinger who are Olympic weightlifters attempt a maximum-weight single lift in the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch is a wide-grip, one-move lift. The clean and jerk is a close-grip, two-move lift. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Robert Griswold Recovers From High Lactate Levels With KAATSU

For who? Competitive athletes, swimmers, masters swimmers, runners, rowers
For what? Strength, recovery, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, cool-down

Robert Griswold is an American Paralympic swimmer and gold medal favorite for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics in various events. He has cerebral palsy and does KAATSU Cycles before and after his 8-times-per-week workouts and races as part of his pre-swim warm-ups and post-swim cool-downs.

During the complete lockdown at the U.S. Olympic Training Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Griswold spent nearly a year of trying his best to being creative in order to maintain his speed, strength, stamina and flexibility. He also graduated from Indiana State University, began clerking at a law firm in St. Louis, Missouri, and continues to train 8 times per week in anticipation of the Paralympic Trials in Lewisville, Texas in April with the anticipation of winning medals at the Tokyo Paralympics.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the administration at the U.S. Olympic Training Center shut down its facilities, but also would not let the athletes off the Training Center campus. The athletes had no way to leave the Center, but swimmers also had no way to train properly in a pool. So what did Griswold do? He looked for an AirBnB with a backyard pool and found one and negotiated an early morning training schedule with the owner.

He and his roommate would sneak out of the Training Center campus through a side door before the sun came up. They would get to the AirBnB house with a 13-meter pool. They jury-rigged a tether unit and did creative pool workouts. He also finagled his way to get a Vasa Trainer unit and figured out a way to stay in shape with his ingenuity and KAATSU Air Bands that he used on dry land and in the pool.

Eventually, he ended up moving to St Louis where he currently trains in a 50m pool 8 times per week while working as a law clerk 25 hours per week. The United States Paralympic Trials are on April 10-12.

He explains his recovery protocol, "When I came back and competed in my first swim meet at the U.S. Open, I swam the 400m individual medley. I was about 95% of my peak physical abilities and just barely missed the world record. When I got out of the pool, I used my lactate meter and showed the USA Swimming National Team High Performance Director that his post-race lactate levels were 19.9 mmol/L. The director saw my lactate reading and said that 19.9 must be a mistake.

So I retested a few minutes later and I tested at 20.2 mmol/L. The director was surprised it was that high

But Griswold uses his KAATSU equipment to help him recover from these high lactate levels. He swims easily (loosens down) for 600 meters until his lactate reading is between 7-8 mmol/L. Then he gets out of the water and does KAATSU Cycles until his lactate is reduced to 2.1 or lower mmol/L.

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Gout Testimonials After KAATSU Cycles

For who? Individuals with gout, individual with varicose veins
For what? Gout, pain relief, functional movement, mobility, balance

58-year-old John Shipman from Southern California has gout. He explains, "I take a medication for it daily, and have a medicine in case a flare-up occurs called colchicine that usually knocks out the gout once I feel it coming on. This time though, I have a different brand of culture since it didn’t work so I experienced a really intense painful bout of gout."

His sons, who are competitive water polo players and avid KAATSU Nano users, suggested John at least try KAATSU for some kind of relief.

"So I tried KAATSU," he recalls. "I couldn’t walk. But, ohh my God, right after KAATSU, I was able to walk. It actually felt good as I was trying to move my foot around. It loosened up after three KAATSU Cycles with very little movement. This is amazing.

I am not sure how I’m gonna feel in four hours or tomorrow morning, but right now I feel like I can actually walk and it feels good in my ankle joint on my left foot. It was so painful that even the slightest fabric rub or touch was almost a 9 on a 10 scale. I was just happy that I could get some sleep tonight. So glad we have the KAATSU machine

The next report came shortly thereafter, "It’s interesting with gout. The movement with the KAATSU bands on helps circulate the blood. Previously, any movement caused intense pain so much that you don’t want to live, thus little circulation. With KAATSU, you don’t have to move too much (and with little pain) to get the benefit and results of increased circulation from the movement. It seems to work and I was able to move relatively well after the first KAATSU Cycle with very little pain. In fact, it felt like the comfort you get from a stretch or scratching an itch to be able to move during the second and third KAATSU Cycles."

The next day, John reported again, "It’s quite amazing. Literally the feeling was like a 9 on the pain scale before KAATSU. It dropped down to a 5 during the first KAATSU Cycle, then a 2 during KAATSU Cycles #2 and #3. This was counter-balanced by a euphoric feeling from mobility in the ankle at a 3 or 4 in any euphoria scales. So while the pain was still there, the range of motion and euphoric feeling overtook any slight pain and made me want to walk during Cycles #2 and #3. This morning, the pain was elevated but much less, like a 6. Amazing really."

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Play On With KAATSU - How To Get Better With Age

For who? Competitive athletes, recreational athletes, masters athletes, weekend warriors, tactical athletes, Baby Boomers
For what? Strength, speed, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery

"Those pins and needles you're feeling are literally new capillaries being formed," Jeff Bercovici heard when he first tried the original KAATSU Nano in Huntington Beach, California. The author of Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age (or Play On - How To Get Better With Age or アスリートは歳を取るほど強くなる in Japanese) was visiting the first KAATSU Studio outside of Japan.

Bercovici continued to listen to the KAATSU Master Specialist as the pink KAATSU Air Bands repeatedly inflated and deflated in regular intervals. He was told, "What we're doing now is a form of warm-up. We're putting pressure on the vascular walls, then releasing it. Putting pressure on the vascular walls, then releasing it. We're warming you up from the inside out."

After a series of hand clenches that got to be difficult, Bercovici then began a series of biceps curls without any weights. He recalled, "It's been years since I've curled heavy dumbbells. After 15 of these weighless curls, my arms feel fatigued in a way I remember from back then."

His third set of exercises was triceps extensions. "Still unweighted. This time, I don't even make it to the second set. My arms are toast."

Bercovici is sold on KAATSU and the hardware that standardizes its application for safety and effectiveness. "KAATSU is one of a number of new technologies that seek to make athletic training more efficient and effective by separateing the good kinds of training stimuli - the ones that promote desirable adaptation - from the kinds that cause fatigue, injury, and repetitive strain. Like cross-training, polarized training, and altitude training, these technologies hold particular promise for older athletes."

In Play On, Bercovici also recalled the experience of a KAATSU executive who was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii demonstrating KAATSU to a group of 25 fitness trainers for the U.S. military's Special Forces. "Because commandos spend so much time deployed in the field, they typically prefer exercise programs that can be done anywhere, including absurb volumes of calisthenics. [Richard Herstone] was getting a strong vibe of skepticism from several jacked-up members of his audience, so he singled out the fittest-looking and most skeptical trainer and asked about his fitness regimen. The man replied: a 10-mile run and 1-mile swim, followed by 150 pull-ups and between 1,000 and 2,000 push-ups, depending on the day. Herstone invited the man to put the bands on and demonstrate his push-up prowess.

'He got to 36,' he recalls. 'He couldn't get off the ground, and these 24 other guys are giving him crap. I could see this look of [being] pissed. He won't look at me. So he takes off the bands, walks away, an then he comes back and says, 'You realize you just saved me an hour to an hour and a half a day?'

Bercovici knows there is a miracle drug that increases life span, boosts immune function, releases good hormones and suppresses bad ones, improves sleep, and speeds up metabolism. "It's called exercise, and it...pretty much just builds muscle."

Referring to KAATSU, Bercovici now knows that physiologically exercise doesn't have to involve exercise. At least not with KAATSU which is exercising one's body from the inside out.

For more information or to order the book Play On - How To Get Better With Age, visit here.

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G.I. Joe Takes Flight And Continues Improvement

For who? Para athletes, paraplegics, disabled athletes, wounded warriors
For what? Functional movement, adventure

Not only has retired U.S. Army Green Beret Sergeant 1st Class Joseph Lowrey made significant improvements in his muscle tone and mobility after improbably surviving a horrific gunshot wound to his head during a combat tour in Afghanistan, but also his vision scores have returned to his pre-seizure levels.

"Not only has Joe improved his cognitive functions, but his vision improvements will enable him to obtain a California State driver's license," said Steven Munatones. "Getting his license and being able to drive is another major step in his long rehabilitation from a month-long coma after getting shot in the head. When I first met Joe, he had to record everything that I said because his short-term memory was so impacted. Now, Joe can talk profoundly about his ketogenic diet or his increased muscle tone and elasticity or a new author he is reading or his deep faith in God."

The Long Beach, California native is an avid KAATSU Cycle 2.0 user - doing twice-daily sessions on both his arms and legs - while launching his G.I. Joe YouTube channel and working with his colleagues at United Wings of Liberty.

United Wings of Liberty is a military veteran nonprofit organization that acts a hub for all Veteran nonprofit organizations, patriotic business owners and citizens [see here].

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