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Blood Flow Restriction Training : Kaatsu

Tuesday, September 7, 2021


Have you ever heard of Kaatsu? What about clogging training? Although these names do not seem familiar to you, kaatsu is a training system spreading from Japan to the world.

Kaatsu is not actually a training system; Only one pair of tape. It may sound hilarious but there are incredible claims about the effects of this double band. These bands are attached to the body in the proximal part of the area to be studied before the training and to prevent blood flow. With the decrease in blood flow, athletes can feel the feeling of exhaustion that we felt in the last repetitions of some sets at very low weights and immediately; In other words, these low-intensity training results in a biochemical environment such as high-intensity training with the Kaatsu technique in the muscles.

What is seen in the continuation of these training sessions is surprising. In many subjects, muscle growth was accelerated, muscle fibers strengthened, and the level of some anabolic hormones increased.

How to apply Kaatsu technique

The intensity of 1 repetition should be a maximum of 20%
Exercise frequency is determined as 6 days a week and twice a day
24 training sessions for 2 weeks
There should be at least 4 hours between trainings during the day
Kaatsu occlusive bands are kept in the body during exercise, congestion is maintained

Who is used in Kaatsu

He will not be able to train with high weights due to injury;
Athlete
Astronauts
Athletes in need of high endurance
The question of how useful this system really can be is confusing. We have tried to present the changes in the hormones of an athlete working with kaatsu technique at a very low density than normal in the table below. When you look at the table, I suggest you not to start looking for kaatsu technique in our country.

Changes seen after Kaatsu training

Lactate increase
Maximum power increase in 1 repetition
Isometric strength and endurance increase
Fast contractions increase with slow contractions
Increase in neurroadrenaline
IGF-1 increase

Finally ; Kaatsu, which has been undergoing many researches, is still a technique open to development and is rapidly developing. Although we know that it is not applied in our country, the rapidly changing medical sports field often surprises us. We will share with you the innovations of kaatsu technique which is more promising with more effective application styles in the future.

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