We regularly do KAATSU on every airplane that we board, whether it is a short flight between Los Angeles to San Francisco or a long intercontinental flight between Europe and Asia.
Doing KAATSU Cycles – not the KAATSU Constant mode – is ideal in any seat whether in economy class or business class, aisle seat or middle seat.
Typically, we pull out our KAATSU Master or KAATSU Nano unit and attach our KAATSU Air Bands at our typical Base SKU (between 40-50 SKU on the KAATSU Master and 25-30 on the KAATSU Nano) as soon as the pilot has leveled off the airplane. Occasionally, there is a stare or question from the person sitting next to us, but most people are busy sleeping, reading or watching movies and we are left to do KAATSU without interruption.
As soon as we check the Base SKU on both KAATSU Air Bands, we begin with our first KAATSU Cycle at a relatively low setting (e.g., 100 SKU). We do this whether or not it is an early morning or a red-eye flight. But we always make sure to hydrate well, at least one water bottle or juice within 30 minutes of starting the KAATSU Cycle.
After the first KAATSU Cycle is completed within 4 minutes, we start our second KAATSU Cycle at a higher pressure (e.g., 150 SKU). We are usually typing away on our laptop or slowly opening and closing our hands (i.e., hand clenches). By the middle of the second KAATSU Cycle, we are starting to feel some significant exertion in our forearms.
We continue with a third KAATSU Cycle at a higher pressure (e.g., 200 SKU) while doing isometric exercises like firmly pressing the palms of our hands together or pressing our hands downwards against our thighs.
We usually finish off with fourth or fifth set at the highest pressure that we can withstand (e.g., 250 SKU) as we continue to do hand clenches or various isometric exercises. By the third, fourth or fifth KAATSU Cycle, we are starting to feel an increased body temperature, but there is usually no increase in our heart rate (checked by our iPhone). Our muscles have definitely gone into fatigue just like we feel in a resistance workout.
As soon as we take off the KAATSU Air Bands, we feel relief and that good feeling like we just worked out. During early morning flights, it is a great way to wake up. During red-eye or intercontinental flights, it is a good way to prepare for a meal or take a nap.
It is much more difficult in an economy class seat to put on the KAATSU Air Bands on our legs, but it can be done with a little bit of effort. With the leg bands on, we flex our feet, press our legs upwards against the seat in front of us, or do a variety of isometric exercises (e.g., pressing our legs against our hands or downwards against the seat or simply flexing and relaxing our glutes).
Of course, you can always put the leg bands on and then walk over to the galley in an intercontinental flight and do a series of squats or leg stretches if you are really serious. Doing KAATSU in the galley usually leads to interesting conversations with the flight attendants.
In summary, KAATSU Cycle is a great way to get in a short and effective workout while at 30,000 feet in the air.
KAATSU Cycle In An Airplane Key Points:
1. Hydrate well before starting.
2. Apply KAATSU Air Bands on arms first.
3. Manually apply the usual Base SKU (pressure).
4. Start off conservatively with a low Optimal SKU (pressure) in the KAATSU Cycle. ALWAYS do KAATSU Cycle first as a warm-up.
5. Repeat the KAATSU Cycle 2-4 times.
6. Do simple exercises like hand clenches or isometric movements as desired for a 10-15 minute upper body workout.
7. Switch to leg bands if desired.
8. Start off conservatively with a low Optimal SKU (pressure) in the KAATSU Cycle. ALWAYS do KAATSU Cycle first as a warm-up.
9. Do simple exercises like flexing your feet or isometric movements within your chair. Repeat 2-4 times as desired for a great lower body workout.
10. All the standard KAATSU protocols apply: maintain good capillary refill time (within 2-3 seconds) and always feel a sense of pulsation under KAATSU Air Bands.
11. NEVER fall asleep with the KAATSU Air Bands on.
12. NEVER apply the KAATSU Air Bands so tightly that your hands or feet go/feel numb or your skin becomes white, gray or blue. In these cases, release the KAATSU Air Bands immediately.
13. NEVER do the KAATSU Constant mode.