For who? Medical Researchers, Baby Boomers, retirees, athletes
For what? Strength, stamina, functional movement, mobility, flexibility, recovery
In 2006, Dr. David Chao was the first to describe KAATSU as a form of ‘poor man’s high altitude training’ due to the physiological phenomenon caused by blood flow moderation with KAATSU Training and KAATSU Cycle. In other words, instead of having to go to 6,000 feet (1828 meters) or higher to train as many Olympic and endurance athletes do, altitude training could be done at sea level following the KAATSU protocols and using KAATSU equipment.
In 2004, KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato established the KAATSU Training Ischemic Circulatory Physiology Department at the University of Tokyo Hospital’s 22nd Century Medical and Research Center. Dr. Sato and his cardiologists Dr. Nakajima and Dr. Morita learned early on that ischemia – or the temporary restriction of blood supply to tissues – was the catalyst to healthful outcomes when KAATSU Cycle protocols were strictly followed by people of various ages.
This information about hypoxia is gradually spreading outside the academic research, extreme sports and medical communities.
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to William Kaelin Jr. of the Harvard Medical School, Sir Peter Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford, and Gregg Semenza of John Hopkins University for their study into how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability (hypoxia). For more information, read here.
One athlete who we know of – Ger Kennedy from Dublin, Ireland – practices the Wim Hof Method and uses KAATSU. Kennedy recently achieved the Ice Sevens – that is, completing an Ice Mile in the 7 continents of the world. Kennedy completed his latest and 12th career Ice Mile in Portillo, Chile in October 2019 at 2,880 meters (9,448 feet) in 2°C (35.6°F) water.