Saturday, April 17, 2021

Antonio Argüelles' Sleep Quality Improvements With KAATSU Cycles

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees, student-athletes, competitive athletes
For what? quality sleep, insomnia, jet lag, recovery

Antonio Argüelles is a two-time Guinness World Record holder and the oldest man to achieve the Oceans Seven.

Oceans Seven is the swimming world's equivalent of the Seven Summits or the solo crossing of seven major iconic channels around the world: English Channel between England and France, Spain and Morocco, North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Molokai Channel between Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii, Catalina Channel between Catalina Island and Los Angeles in California, Cook Strait between North Island and South Island in New Zealand, and Tsugaru Channel between Hokkaido and Honshu in Japan.

Argüelles, a 62-year-old entrepreneur, author and speaker from Mexico City, not only uses KAATSU Cycles to help him recover from his intense and lengthy workouts, but also to enhance his sleep. He explains his data generated by his WHOOP device. "Over the last four days, I have slept almost the same amount of time between 4.5 hours and 5 hours. But I lent my KAATSU [to a friend] for three days - that correlate to the red above, but I received my KAATSU unit back yesterday. You can see my usual outstanding results in yellow."

KAATSU users like Argüelles and those who travel frequently use their KAATSU equipment with the following standard KAATSU protocols to reduce the effects of jet lag, battle insomnia, and improve their quality of sleep. These are the important points regarding KAATSU use before, during and after airplane travel - or before going to bed:

›› Be very well-hydrated before doing KAATSU Cycles in the airplane or before takeoff at the airport or within an hour of going to bed in order to help reduce your jet lag.
›› Do KAATSU Cycles in your hotel room (or home) before going to bed on your first few evenings in your new location or on your return back home.
›› Always focus on doing KAATSU Cycles, starting in the lowest pressures. You may gradually increase if you wish, but it is not necessary.

›› You can be conservative with your pressure. The effects will still be evident despite a lower-than-normal pressure.
›› There is no need to go to failure with these Sleep Quality protocols; the goal is to become relaxed and get your parasympathetic nervous system activated.
›› Always follow the standard KAATSU safety protocols (e.g., always have Capillary Refill Time faster than 2- 3 seconds with no occlusion and no numbness in your feet or legs, and a deeper/pinker/redder skin color than normal in your limbs).
›› Ideally, do your KAATSU Cycles before you board the airplane or before going to bed when you return home.
›› Never do the KAATSU Constant mode while flying.

Upper Body Jet Lag Exercises:
1. Place the KAATSU Air Bands on your upper arms.
2. Do 2-4 KAATSU Cycles, ideally within 30-60 minutes of boarding the airplane.
3. You can do all or any the following KAATSU exercises while sitting in your seat during flight:
* Forward Shoulder Rolls
* Backward Shoulder Rolls
* Head Rotations
* Tricep Muscle Stretches
* Deltoid Muscle Stretches
* Arm Rest Press Downs
* Isometric Contractions
4. Do 20-30 Forward Shoulder Rolls in a steady motion while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while your KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat as desired.
5. Do 20-30 Backward Shoulder Rolls in a steady motion while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while your KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat as desired.
6. Slowly roll the head forwards and backwards. Then slowly roll your head to the left and then to the right. Then slowly roll your head in a clockwise direction and then in a counterclockwise direction while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while the KAATSU Air Bands are deflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode.
Note: Skip this exercise if rolling your head forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise or counterclockwise causes dizziness.
7. Stretch your triceps muscles on your left and right arms while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while the KAATSU Air Bands are deflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode.
8. Stretch your deltoid muscles on left and right shoulders while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while the KAATSU Air Bands are deflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode.
9. Do isometric exercises like placing both hands on your arm rests and press down for a few seconds while contracting your muscles. Rest and relax, then repeat.
10. Place the palms of your hands together and push your hands together for a few seconds. Then, rest, relax and repeat.
11. Grasp the fingers of your hands and pull your hands apart for a few seconds. Then rest, relax and repeat.
12. Stretch your upper body or torso as you desire and are able.

Lower Body Jet Lag Exercises:
Note: Doing KAATSU on your legs is much easier in a business or first class seat and most difficult - or frankly impossible - while in the middle seat in economy class.
1. Place the KAATSU Air Bands on your upper legs.
2. Do 2-4 KAATSU Cycles, ideally within 30-60 minutes of boarding the airplane.
3. You can do all or any the following KAATSU exercises while sitting in your seat during flight:
* Heel Raises
* Leg Extensions
* Inward Leg Squeezes
* Outward Leg Squeezes
* Isometric Contractions
4. Slowly do 10-20 Heel Raises in a steady motion while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while your KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat as desired.
5. Slowly do 10-15 Leg Extensions in a steady motion while your KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while your KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat as desired.
6. Place your hands on your inner thighs and slowly push outwards as you push your legs inwards against the force of your hands while the KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while the KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat the Inward Leg Squeezes as desired.
7. Place your hands on your outer thighs and slowly push inwards as you push your legs outwards against the force of your hands while the KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode. Breathe deeply. Relax while the KAATSU Air Bands are deflated. Repeat the Outward Leg Squeezes as desired.
8. Repeatedly contract and then relax your upper leg muscles (quadriceps and hamstrings) while the KAATSU Air Bands are inflated in the KAATSU Cycle mode.

A few of these exercises are demonstrated below. These same exercises - while the KAATSU Cycle is running - can be done in the airport, airport lounge or at your office or home. They work to relieve stress, improve sleep, and get some exercise during the day when you are sitting and being sedentary all day long.







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Friday, April 16, 2021

B Strong On The Road

For who? Businesspeople, executives, competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, retirees, travelers
For what? Functional movement, strength, muscle tone, stress relief, jet lag, insomnia



One of the world's most popular actors and highly diversified entrepreneurs, Mark Wahlberg leads a remarkable life. Even his fitness regime is unusual and specialized. Wahlberg explains about BFR training on Instagram, "B Strong training bands restricts the blood flow."

Wahlberg is fit, rich and successful as a producer, business leader and father. He works out intensely between 3:40 - 5:15 am with heavy weights and B Strong training bands that he shows off on his new HBO Max special Wahl Street.

But is everyone that motivated, driven, and focused?

"I wish I could get up at 2:30 am like Mark and hit it hard all day long," says Steven Munatones. "He is so focused and achieves what he sets his mind to. He is a great actor and is so successful in everything he touches. But for more common people, fathers and mothers across America who do not have staff and have to report to others - not give orders and set their own schedules, there is KAATSU."

Most people would prefer not to lift heavy weights and be so intense in the weight room on a daily basis. But in a heartbeat, many men would gladly switch their dad bod to Wahlberg's physique.

That is where KAATSU comes into play. KAATSU is simple, easy, convenient, and can be done anywhere anytime.

There are so many applications. For example, check into a hotel and simply unpack with your KAATSU Air Bands on - you will feel the pump and see improved muscle tone.

Relax after a day of hard work on the road - with your feet kicked up and your KAATSU Air Bands on your legs.

The KAATSU Cycle presents a new paradigm for the overstressed and overly busy road warriors and for salespeople with hectic, chaotic lives sandwiched between their airports and business meetings. The same goes for people who are traveling for recreation and leisure.

While Wahlberg pushes himself to the max with heavy weights and B Strong bands, KAATSU, the original BFR and inspiration for B Strong, can be done anywhere anytime by anyone - including in a hotel on the road. That is a seismic difference. The choice for individuals from the U.S. military and those going to the Paralympics or the Warrior Games, KAATSU is safe and effective, but more importantly, KAATSU is extremely convenient and easy to use.

Not everyone has the luxury of time and opportunity to workout like Wahlberg.

In that case, KAATSU is the answer.

The preciseness and specificity, convenience and ease-of-use that are enabled by KAATSU equipment is an unparalleled opportunity for the average non-actor and non-professional athlete.

Performed regularly for less than 20 minutes per day while sitting down or simply walking, incremental increases in performance and in the Quality of Life can make significant changes in the lifestyles of anyone looking for an edge - or a reduction in pain levels due to injuries.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

B Strong with KAATSU

For who? Students, competitive athletes, Baby Boomers, retirees
For what? Functional movement, strength, muscle tone, mobility, balance



One of the world's most popular actors and highly diversified entrepreneurs, Mark Wahlberg leads a remarkable life. Even his fitness regime is unusual and specialized. Wahlberg explains about BFR training on Instagram, "B Strong training bands restricts the blood flow."

Wahlberg is fit, rich and successful as a producer, business leader and father. He works out intensely between 3:40 - 5:15 am with heavy weights and B Strong training bands that he shows off on his new HBO Max special Wahl Street.

But is everyone that motivated, driven, and focused?

"I wish I could get up at 2:30 am like Mark and hit it hard all day long," says Steven Munatones. "He is so focused and achieves what he sets his mind to. He is a great actor and is so successful in everything he touches. But for more common people, fathers and mothers across America who do not have staff and have to report to others - not give orders and set their own schedules, there is KAATSU."

Most people would prefer not to lift heavy weights and be so intense in the weight room on a daily basis. But in a heartbeat, many men would gladly switch their dad bod to Wahlberg's physique.

That is where KAATSU comes into play. If a working middle manager wants to gain some muscle tone with a minimum of effort and a maximum of safety, KAATSU is it. If a middle-age man wants to see a little more definition in their upper body and a little less softness in their torso, KAATSU is the ideal. If people are too exhausted after work - or too sleepy before work - then doing KAATSU at their desk or on their sofa is the answer.

The KAATSU Cycle presents a new paradigm for the overstressed and overly busy employees and for people with hectic, chaotic lives sandwiched between their children and parents. The same goes for people who are recovering from surgery or limited mobility in their limbs.

While Wahlberg pushes himself to the max with heavy weights and B Strong bands, KAATSU, the original BFR and inspiration for B Strong, can be done anywhere anytime by anyone. That is a seismic difference. The choice for individuals from the U.S. military and those going to the Paralympics or Warrior Games, KAATSU is safe and effective, but more importantly, KAATSU is extremely convenient and easy to use.



"Your legs are stronger than life..." said New York Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes about his use of KAATSU on an ESPN special. Cespedes explained his condition after a tough KAATSU leg workout with sports broadcaster Jessica Mendoza in an ESPN interview.

Mendoza tried KAATSU with Cespedes and Mike Barwis, an early adopter of KAATSU, at the Barwis Methods Training Center in Port St Lucie, Florida.

Personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and exercise physiologists believe that optimal muscle building requires lifting of weights or doing resistance exercises. This leads to DOMS (Delayed-onset muscle soreness) that is felt after a hard workout and acute muscle soreness that is felt during or immediately after a workout. Conventional wisdom is that the heavier the weight and/or the more repetitions or time in the gym, the larger and faster muscles will develop.

The muscle-building process leads to DMOS where the muscle fibers are damaged while weight lifting, and leads to the secretion of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) that results in muscle recovery, growth and size.

But not everyone has the luxury of time and opportunity to workout like Wahlberg and Cespedes.

In that case, KAATSU is the answer.

The preciseness and specificity, convenience and ease-of-use that are enabled by KAATSU equipment is an unparalleled opportunity for the average non-actor and non-professional athlete.

Performed regularly for less than 20 minutes per day while sitting down or simply walking, incremental increases in performance and in the Quality of Life can make significant changes in the lifestyles of anyone looking for an edge - or a reduction in pain levels due to injuries.

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Paul Grzymkowski, A Giant In The Fitness Industry, Leaves A Legacy

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

Paul Grzymkowski, a renowned fitness industry expert and a key partner who developed the Gold's Gym franchise, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on April 1st 2021 in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 72.

In 1980, Grzymkowski moved to Southern California as the request of his brother who had acquired ownership of the first Gold's Gym in Santa Monica. As the president and international director, he quickly established Gold’s Gym Franchising in order to get out of a financial bind and unbolt the padlocks that were placed on the front doors by the local bank.

In order to buy some time before the banks acquired the property, Grzymkowski wrote the original business plan that redefined the business of the emerging fitness industry. He developed a profitable, comprehensive franchising system for Gold''s Gym that would be the model for the fitness industry. His vision ultimately led to over 2 million members joining 535 franchised Gold’s Gym fitness centers in 47 states and 24 countries.

Grzymkowski always had vision and an eye for the new and innovative. He eventually became a KAATSU user in 2014 and understood KAATSU presented a revolutionary means for people of all ages and from all walks of life to become and remain fit.

While Grzymkowski knew that BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) and Occlusion Training were used by young men, bodybuilders or individuals who are focused on muscle building, he saw the ease-of-use and portability of KAATSU, as the original BFR, beneficial for everyone including - and especially for - those who are deconditioned (out-of-shape), lazy, older, or injured.

BFR and Occlusion Training often use inexpensive products, produced inexpensively, with inexact means to measure or understand precise or specific pressures, Grzymkowski appreciated precise, safe, proven equipment for aging Baby Boomers or those between the ages of 50 - 80.

"Paul and I talked at length about how Baby Boomers are not focused on building biceps or broad shoulders, but more specifically on maintaining pain-free overall wellness or doing effective, efficient rehabilitation from injuries and surgeries," recalled Steven Munatones. "He explained how older people's interest in KAATSU and other exercise modalities is more functional and less cosmetic, more focused on generating a healthful hormonal response rather than getting bigger muscles."

As 75.8 million American Baby Boomers either transition from the end of their careers or are in full or partial retirement, many of them have spent their most recent years raising children, financing college educations, paying for weddings, and helping out with grandchildren. These pressures play havoc with their fitness levels, especially in the confines of an over-stressed, overworked, and under-exercised lifestyle.

"KAATSU presents an easy-to-implement catalyst for individuals over the age of 50 to return to their former selves," said Grzymkowski. "10,000 Baby Boomers in America will celebrate their 65th birthday every day for the next 2 decades (3,650,000 new Baby Boomers per year). This is a huge market for every fitness professional to consider."

Munatones added, "Paul understood that a 65-year-old man or women sees the rest of their life much differently than they did at the age of 25 or 35. The quality of life is their focus, but they also face higher body fat percentages, lowered muscle mass, lessened aerobic capacities, and various ailments are regular experiences. He spent so much time with me educating me on how to live well, eat well, and everything from the best waters to use for hydration and the joy of being creative and a great friend, co-worker and neighbor."

"We must recondition the 26% of the total U.S. population in innovative ways, using modalities that are self-sustaining and much more low-impact than what we used to do in our youth or even mid-age," Grzymkowski once said. "Heavy barbells and dumbbells are not ideal equipment to serve as a catalyst to whipping Baby Boomers into shape. Aerobics, spinning, and elliptical machines are also not for everyone. We have to look for something even more revolutionary."

Grzymkowski spent his lifetime around barbells, dumbbells, and spinning bikes - but with an eye towards the future and for the benefit of all. "I have not changed - I love feeling pumped when I exercise. When I feel my biceps bulge or my quads burn, it recalls my strength of former years. But I do KAATSU and can change my body shape without heavy weights. I am doing it with the KAATSU pneumatic bands. The KAATSU equipment that are used so effectively by senior citizens in Japan and elite athletes around the world. When I do use weights during my KAATSU workout, I tend to use light dumbbells or weight plates of no more than 5-pounds."

Grzymkowski left a legacy - with Gold's Gym and everything else he touched and envisioned.

Grzymkowski, a twin to his sister Christine, is survived by his wife Joanna Gunst Grzymkowski, brother Peter Grzymkowski, and sisters Margaret Halstead, Christine Grzymkowski and Karen Grzymkowski.

He was a former wrestler and football player who grew Gold's Gym from 1980 to 1999 with his brother Peter and two partners. Club Insider reported, "Paul made a positive difference in the lives of almost everyone he touched, and in return, his time with Gold’s Gym and all the business colleagues and franchisees he worked with meant the world to him. He really loved and lived Gold’s Gym and was largely responsible for the domestic and international growth of the well-known fitness franchise.

Over the last several years, he sat on the board of three corporations and was involved with Health Engineering Group, GetCyced, KAATSU Japan, Nutrimost, Quicksilver Scientific, Original Quinton, Water & Wellness. He was head usher at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Pacific Palisades, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and sat on the board of directors of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (a non-profit repertory theatre and academy) for 12 years.

He worked with many charitable organizations such as H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Eat), CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Arson Watch, T-CEP (Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness), The Topanga Trash Warriors, The Nature of Wildworks (animal rescue which was especially close to his heart) and cooked monthly for the ‘Topanga Sages’ dinner.

Paul’s warmth, spirit and generous nature were evident in each and every aspect of his life, and he will be profoundly missed by the many people who were lucky enough to know him
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Navy SEAL John Doolittle Talks On The Kill The Quit Podcast

John Doolittle [shown on the far right in the photo on the right] was a NCAA Division I competitive swimmer (breaststroker) coached by an Olympic gold medalist, a United States Air Force Academy graduate, and a Navy SEAL with a 25-year military career who swam across the English Channel to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation and fallen SEAL Neil Roberts.

Doolittle humbly and openly talks about his experiences, challenges and obstacles with Kill Cliff podcast host Mark Zinno on this episode of the Kill The Quit podcast.

Listen to Doolittle's 54-minute Kill The Quit podcast with Zinno here.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

KAATSUfit App - Learn More, Do More, Experience More

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

PEAR Sports and KAATSU Global partnered to develop KAATSUfit, the first smartphone app for KAATSU the Original BFR.

Developed by PEAR, the new app provides short videos that explain KAATSU and demonstrate effective multi-function movements and exercises for users of all ages and abilities.

PEAR Sports, the leader in smart digital coaching technology, will continue to develop instructional content for KAATSU users that is of interest to those undergoing physical therapy in the clinic or at home. The same is true for those who are uninjured, healthy and are on the go. KAATSUfit is available for download on both iOS and Android from their respective app stores.

Steven Munatones of KAATSU Global, explains, “PEAR has created a best-in-class coaching app to make KAATSU’s patented products more understandable for everyone seeking improvements in their fitness and performance as well as those who wish to reduce the time to recover from injuries.

The app will make it more convenient and easier to effectively use KAATSU products and to incorporate the unique benefits of the KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Constant modes.

Over the course of many years, we have worked with Olympic and professional athletes, paraplegics, and the U.S. military - all have benefited from the original BFR system. Now anyone can easily understand what to do with KAATSUfit
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KAATSUfit focuses on getting users properly set up and safely and effectively using KAATSU equipment like the KAATSU C3 and KAATSU Cycle 2.0. The app includes demonstrations and exercises featuring Cory Keirn, Doctor of Physical Therapy and a former trainer with Major League Baseball, and Tina Newman, a KAATSU Ambassador and aesthetician, who used the program to reduce the pain of arthritis, tighten loose skin, and become exceptionally fit at 56 years of age. The demonstrations incorporate a variety of fitness equipment, like TRX® straps. The modalities range from easy to difficult, including movements for those with limited mobility and strength, to exercises used by Olympic, professional and tactical athletes.

Newman explained what has happened to her, "Simply said, KAATSU has healed and helped my body. The ways in which its healed by forearms, wrists, and hands has truly been miraculous and life-changing. At 56, I'm able to continue waxing and doing facial treatments with ease, comfort, and no pain. I used to lay in bed at night with throbbing forearms asking my husband Tim to please rub with strong pressure for any kind of relief.

Separately from the pain relief, there has been the increased in muscular strength and tone as well as enjoying my skin tightening all over my body. This was most surprising to me, especially being an aesthetician in the skin care business for over 30 years. I experienced weight loss after losing my father and husband - a good 15-20 pounds. In our 50's, it is very difficult to firm and tighten our skin back up due to the lack of collagen, and lack of female hormones.

Lastly, but still so very important to me, is the emotional experience of calmness that has from all the anxiety that I suffered from while Tim was dying and after he passed. I was diagnosed with PTSD and it was terrible. KAATSU has calmed my racing heart and brain and I believe has helped my sleep patterns as well
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Waynne Dartnall, President of PEAR Sports, added, “We are thrilled to continue work with the KAATSU team to develop future innovative digital solutions, including AI guided programming that will direct users to the personalized content they specifically need. We’re also looking to jointly develop new content and add even more use cases, especially for chronic care conditions.”

For more information, visit here.

KAATSUfit is available for download on both iOS and Android app stores.

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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
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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 www.kaatsu.com 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 www.swimmermichael.com. For more information on KAATSU, visit www.kaatsu.com.





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

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Single-limb KAATSU With The KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU AI

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 (www.kaatsu-supple.com) 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
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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.

Frequency
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.

Duration
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.

Intensity
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
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.

Tips
* 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



The applications of KAATSU Cycles while sitting or relaxing in bullet trains in Japan, on overnight travel on an AmTrak train or a Greyhound bus in the United States, or during intercontinental travel in Europe are numerous, effective and efficient.

Use any KAATSU model with appropriately sized KAATSU Air Bands: the old-school KAATSU Nano, the current KAATSU Cycle 2.0, or the next-generation KAATSU C3 or KAATSU B1. 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 the Original BFR.

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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
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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.

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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