Kaatsu training is quietly gaining more popularity because of its massive improvement in terms of increasing muscle size. Its impressive effect on the body has made training enthusiasts all the more eager in utilizing it as a means of getting the body shape and size that they so ardently desire. To stimulate muscle growth at an impressive rate, Kaatsu training works by the principle of occlusion. How does this work and how effective is it?
Kaatsu Training in Detail
Kaatsu originated in Japan, where it originally got its name. In fact, “Ka” means additional, and “atsu” stands for pressure. Kaatsu training utilizes pressurized bands that is being placed distal to the muscle being worked out on. This process of occlusion minimizes the volume of blood circulating from the muscles of the body down to the extremities.
Is this safe? How does this occlusion affect muscle growth?
To some extent, partially occluding the area near the muscles slows down the amount of blood going back to the heart. This process leaves the limbs of the body distended with blood, thereby increasing lactic acid build-up. Another systemic effect occurs when an occlusion takes place. More growth hormones are being released into the body as the occlusion sends a signal to the brain signifying that an intense activity is in progress. As a compensatory mechanism, more and more growth hormones are being triggered for release.
On an added note, the occlusion takes place on the veins and not on the arteries. This gives the arteries their normal function of delivering blood to the limbs while the circulation from veins are compromised (in a good way). The trick is not to completely occlude blood flow, but to only do it in a way that there is enough space for blood to flow in the veins.
How Tight Should the Occlusion Be?
Proper occlusion is also essential when engaging in Kaatsu training. Experts suggest wrapping an occlusion band on the arms on a scale of 6 out of 10. As for the legs, the pressure can be regulated to 7. It is also absolutely necessary to wrap the occlusion bands on a narrow area of the limbs so as not to hamper or constrict the arteries. The highest rate of muscle size increase has been recorded during periods after lifting when the limbs are being held down after carrying some weights.
Muscle growth is stimulated by the process of occlusion. However, necessary precautions should be taken so as not to involve the arteries during the entire process. Overall, this newest training method is a faster way of gaining more muscle size by understanding how the body works when blood circulation is minimized.
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