KAATSU BFR: The Ultimate Fitness Hack?

  |   EP48   |   70 mins.

KAATSU B1: The Best BFR Bands | Chris Morgan Interview

I first used KAATSU back in around 2011 when I was in peak shape. Stronger, faster, and more athletic than any other time. I’ve used BFR bands since then and always wondered about the advantages of KAATSU.

I hunted them and got the inside scoop on this powerful fitness hack that I’ve used nearly every day for the better part of a decade.

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Episode highlights

The KAATSU cycle improves cardiovascular health, like a cellular massage Share on XThe beauty of KAATSU is its accessibility for use by virtually anyone, portability, low impact, and the rapid results it generates Share on X

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About Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and the University of Lausanne with a M.S. in Sports Science and Human Movement. Chris coached at Stanford University and Harvard University, and coached the Swiss National Swim Team and the 2008 Swiss Olympic Team where he guided two swimmers to the Olympic final. Chris is innovative and always explores new modalities for training, performing better, and recovering more efficiently.

Over the last 8 years, Chris has become the world’s leading expert on KAATSU Aqua for recovery, rehabilitation, and performance. He currently advises many of America’s fastest Olympic sprinters on the track (100m, 200m, and 400m) and America’s fastest Olympic swimmers in the pool. Including several Olympic medalists and world champions.

Top things you’ll learn from Chris

  • What is KAATSU
  • KAATSU vs BFR training
  • Narrow cuff vs wide cuff blood flow restriction
  • Power of the KAATSU cycle
    • Engorges the vessels and microvasculature with blood
    • Initiates biochemical cascade
    • Systemic benefits
    • Benefits even from KAATSU cycles without exercise
  • Different use cases for KAATSU
    • Injury rehabilitation
    • Athletic performance
    • Recovery
  • Benefits of KAATSU
    • Scar tissue heals faster
    • Helps with TBI
    • Boosts lactate levels
    • Improves sports-specific movements
    • Cardiovascular health gains significantly greater than cardiovascular strength training
    • Resets circadian rhythm and improves jet lag
    • Less persistent DOMS and soreness
  • What a KAATSU workout looks like
  • Stacking it with other modalities for better effects

Resources mentioned

  • Gear: KAATSU Bands (use code URBAN to save)
  • Teacher: Rich Roll
  • Teacher: Dr. Sato

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Nick Urban is a Biohacker, Data Scientist, Athlete, Founder of Outliyr, and the Host of the Mind Body Peak Performance Podcast. He is a Certified CHEK Practitioner, a Personal Trainer, and a Performance Health Coach. Nick is driven by curiosity which has led him to study ancient medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hermetic Principles, German New Medicine, etc), and modern science.

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Music by Luke Hall

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