For who? Football players, student-athletes, competitive athletes
For what? Functional movement, strength, flexibility, mobility, KAATSU At Home
During the lockdowns across the United States, 22 states are homes to NFL (National Football League) teams from Massachusetts to California.
The NFL makes decisions for all 32 teams that are fair across the board – including how often and how long they can train during the lockdowns, quarantines, shelter-in-place and work-from-home ordinances that are currently in place in the 32 cities and states across America.
One of the decisions made relates to equipment: “Players who require specialized equipment to complete their offseason workouts and achieve contract bonuses will be allowed a stipend of $1,500 to purchase what is needed for workouts. The parameters of the workouts and how they will be measured will be left up to the players and teams.”
“For a budget of $1,500 per player, there is no other piece of equipment that is as versatile, effective and efficient as the KAATSU Cycle 2.0,”
says Steven Munatones.
“Not only can players at every position maintain and improve their speed, strength, stamina, and agility with KAATSU equipment, but they can also rehabilitate and recover from any musculoskeletal injury they may have with KAATSU the original BFR.”
The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 and the KAATSU Air Bands can be used in different ways to develop speed (see examples here). The ideal KAATSU speed workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with bursts of speed – either sprints or agility drills.
The ideal KAATSU strength workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with any type of bodyweight exercises or with light weights (see suggestions here) – or the videos below with numerous examples with Dr. Cory.
For strength gains, the repetitions can be a combination of slow repetitions with contractions and normal-speed repetitions, all using relatively light weights or resistance bands. For muscle girth gains, very slow repetitions both in the positive and negative directions under high SKU pressure is optimal.
The ideal KAATSU stamina workout begins with the KAATSU Cycle mode and then continues in the KAATSU Training mode with any type of aerobic work including running, using rowing machines, spinning bikes or treadmills, or doing burpees or quick bodyweight exercises.
In the KAATSU Training mode with the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 unit untethered from the bands, athletes can do shuttle runs or any kind of agility drills – they can even attempt any kind of Tabata regimen with the KAATSU Air Bands on, and their pulse will skyrocket and imitate any kind of elevated heart rate they would face in the game.
Agility with the feet and body, or throwing motion for quarterbacks or leg strength and mobility for punters and kickers are all enabled with a combination of the KAATSU Cycle mode and the KAATSU Training mode.
Effective rehabilitation and recovery are both well-documented by using the KAATSU Cycle mode, at least 3 times per day whether the player is facing recovery from a muscle tear, a bone break, or any kind of ligament or tendon injury.
In order to avoid or minimize DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), 3-6 KAATSU Cycles are the most effective means to remove lactate from
a vigorous workout.
Versatility & Augmentation
The KAATSU equipment can effectively augment any kind of fitness equipment the athlete may use: AlterG machines, rowing machines, spin bikes, barbells, dumbbells, resistance bands, TRX suspension straps, jump ropes, pools (either for aqua therapy or exercise), StairMasters, power racks, pull-up bars, dyno disks, physioballs, foam rollers, agility ladders, kettlebells, etc.
Or the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 can literally be used solely by itself with bodyweight exercises.
The KAATSU equipment can effectively augment any kind of movement the athletes may do: running, bodyweight exercises, blocking, stretching, rehabilitation exercises, running pass routes, throwing, kicking, etc.
The KAATSU Cycle 2.0 costs $899, leaving another $600 for the NFL athlete to utilize on a wide variety of additional equipment, all of which can be complementary and incorporated into a KAATSU workout including weights, resistance bands, TRX straps, Bosu balls, jump ropes, medicine balls, AlterG machines, red light therapy, etc.
If KAATSU is used as recommended (i.e., before, during and after workouts) and before bedtime for full recovery, the cost per use over the course of a year is $1.23 (or $0.61 over 2 years).
KAATSU Cycle 2.0 Features
- can be used anywhere anytime by anyone – including the family members of the NFL players
- useful for arms, legs and core
- includes 4 KAATSU Air Bands for both arms and legs
- easily rechargeable battery with a USB-C charger (that pulls into smartphone chargers or laptops)
- waterproof for use in the pool
Based on the original KAATSU know-how and US patent #9,775,619 (Compression and decompression control system and vascular strengthening method).