Use KAATSU DPIP To Increase Stamina

Use KAATSU DPIP To Increase Stamina

These DPIP protocols described below will help you improve your stamina with the KAATSU Air Bands and were first developed in Japan among marathon runners.

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

Runners, rowers, swimmers, triathletes, and cyclists understand the basic interval concepts of distance (or duration), pace, and interval. For example, runners could run 8×400@2:00 or eight 400m runs every 2 minutes. During that particular set, they may select a specific pace to run or they may descend their times and efforts within the set (i.e., so they first run is slower than their last run).

With KAATSU, there is one more parameter to incorporate into your interval training.

This is the basis of KAATSU DPIP.

In DPIP, athletes (or their coaches) select a specific distance (e.g., 400 meters) or duration (e.g., 1 minute), a specific pace (e.g., 1 minute 20 seconds per 400m), a specific interval (e.g., 2 minutes) – and a specific untethered KAATSU SKU pressure to use (e.g., 80 SKU).

Initially, the combination of SKU pressure in the bands and the distance and pace may be too much or too difficult to accomplish. That is acceptable and understandable. When failure is reached (let’s say on run #6), then the KAATSU Air Bands can be taken off and the workout continues.

Over time, the number of runs (or repetitions) at that distance, at that pace, at that interval, and at that distance will increase.

At the point where 8×400@2:00@80 SKU is achieved (i.e., eight 400m runs every 2 minutes with a pace of 1:20 per 400m at 80 SKU), then the distance, pace, and interval are held constant while the SKU pressure is slightly increased (e.g., 80 SKU to 90 SKU).

Think of this DPIP training as you would altitude training. Let’s say you can do 8×400@2:00 at sea level. Then try to repeat this set (8×400@2:00) at 500 meters in altitude, then 1000 meters in altitude, then 2000 meters in altitude, etc. That is the net effect you can achieve with DPIP KAATSU Training.

Your body will adapt to the additional stress of placing a very low KAATSU pressure on your legs. Once this initial KAATSU DPIP set can be repeatedly achieved at 80 SKU for example, keeping the distance, pace and interval constant, you can then increase your SKU pressure accordingly. After the increased pressure can be repeatedly achieved (keeping everything else constant), you can continue adding various levels of stress.

For example, perhaps you increase the pace (e.g., from 1:20 to 1:15 per 400m) or decrease the interval (e.g., from 2:00 to 1:55) in your HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) programs.

Overall, the key protocols to quickly gain the benefits of KAATSU and gain stamina include the following 5-step program:

  1. Stretch, warm-up, or do KAATSU 3-Point Arm and Leg Exercises in the KAATSU Cycle mode at the beginning of the HIIT workouts.
  2. After you are properly warmed up and ready, you can do pre-sets if you wish.
  3. Do DPIP sets in the KAATSU Constant mode.
  4. Do additional traditional interval sets (optional).
  5. Warm-down with several sets in KAATSU Cycle mode.

Key Points:

  • Be well hydrated – drink enough water before your workout so your urine color is nearly clear.
  • Remain well hydrated throughout your workout.
  • Always stretch and do your normal warm-up while in the KAATSU Cycle mode (i.e., when the bands are inflated for 30 seconds followed by 5 seconds of deflation).
  • Start with a low pressure on your first set.
  • You can gradually increase the pressure as you progress through your workout.

Of course, the KAATSU DPIP concept can be modified for older individuals or those not yet prepared for HIIT. KAATSU Walking at different distances, at different pace and increasingly higher pressures – over time – is also an option for many.