KAATSU – In Layman’s Terms

  • KAATSU is a very safe, efficient, and effective form of strength training.
  • KAATSU is a revolutionary method of exercise that was invented in Japan in 1966 and perfected through the 1970’s.
  • KAATSU uses the moderation of blood flow in the arms and legs in order to exercise effectively and efficiently.
  • Specialized pneumatic belts (KAATSU Air Bands) are placed on the upper arms and upper legs that place a safe pressure on the limbs that leads to an engorgement of blood in the arms and legs.
  • KAATSU can be used by individuals in every sport and with every form of exercise.
  • KAATSU Global recommends specific protocols and procedures for individuals whether they are training for performance, technique, fitness, or rehabilitation goals.
  • KA means additional and ATSU means pressure in Japanese.
  • KAATSU is supported by extensive research.

KAATSU Methodology vs. Traditional Methods

Generally speaking, conventional training programs are based on lifting, sets, repetitions, and intervals. Under the traditional regimen, the controllable variables include weight (load), the number of sets, the type of exercise, the time interval between sets, and how often workout sessions are performed.

Clinical studies have consistently demonstrated the efficacy of blood flow moderated exercise in muscle development and atrophy avoidance.

Academic research has also been dedicated to understanding the KAATSU mechanism.

Because of the mild moderation of venous flow, blood pools in the limbs. This causes lactic acid produced during exercise to be retained longer in the muscles. Receptors in the muscles now send stronger signals to the brain, and large quantities of human growth hormone (HGH) are produced and sent through the bloodstream. As the HGH flows to the limbs that are moderated, it is retained longer in the muscles, intensifying its effect on muscular development.