Having worked out 26 years I get excited when I discover something I missed out or didn’t come across before. It doesn’t happen that often but it did this week when I came across Kaatsu training.
I discovered it in the X-Reps books on body building and went on to discover this method has been used in Japan for 40 years and extensively researched and documented.
Kaatsu training involves using cuffs or bands to decrease blood flow to the muscle being trained – similar to a blood pressure cuff but simple wraps will do. Care must be taken not to over do it with the cuffs.
The technique is widely supported by a large number of scientific papers but is largely unknown outside of Japan.
Here is a video by a top natural body builder describing the benefits of Kaatsu.