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.