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Kaatsu Training
Dear Mircea Reader,
Any athlete or coach knows that training for muscle growth and strength is vital for success.
Not just for increasing your power and speed, but because stronger muscles are more resilient to injury too.
Like many other athletes and coaches, you might think that the best way to build muscle mass and strength is through a high-intensity workout at the gym, sweating it out while lifting heavy weights for multiple reps.
That could be about to change.
Because two articles in Peak Performance challenge this belief – and with good reason too.
David Joyce, a respected Australian sports physiotherapist, has just reported on a new form of strength training emerging from Japan that significantly boosts the growth response of muscles... while reducing the intensity of training... and delivers impressive results in a short period of time (as little as 2 weeks).
Research studies have also proven that it’s as effective, if not more so, than traditional high-intensity training for muscle mass and strength gains.
This all begs one question: why haven’t you heard about, or tried, it yet?
Read on and I’ll explain why... and reveal how you can get access to these articles now.

Turn strength training ‘rules’ on their head!

So what is this new form of training called?
‘Low-intensity vascular occlusion training’ (LIVOT), or Kaatsu as it’s better known in Japan.
While it’s already used extensively there, scientific studies into this training system have only taken place in other countries, mainly the UK and USA, in recent years. And the early results are set to cause some waves!
LIVOT involves restricting blood flow to the muscles to be worked, and then performing weighted strength exercises with a significantly lower load than that used in normal hypertrophy (muscle growth) training.
You might be wondering how lifting less weight could possibly result in any degree of growth, but as you’ll discover, the answer lies in the blood flow restriction (vascular occlusion) and the effects it has on lactic acid and growth hormone levels.
As David takes you through the technique itself (reps, sets and percentage of 1 repetition max used) as well as the astounding research (including a study that saw a 7-8% increase in quadriceps muscle size in 2 weeks; a result on par with 3 months of traditional high-intensity training!) you’ll be kicking yourself as to why you haven’t heard about LIVOT sooner.
Especially if you’re injured or currently recovering from surgery, because it can provide a strengthening solution that won’t put your body under excessive stress...

How you can benefit from the LIVOT system

As you’ll read, one LIVOT study found that growth occurs without worsening any existing muscle damage or inflammation – something that would be expected in high-intensity training (HIT).
So while traditional methods, such as heavy lunges and squats, could stress healing joints, LIVOT requires a much lower applied load, meaning you can start regaining your strength without compromising the healing process or pushing your body too far, too soon.
And the research in favour of this strength training system doesn’t stop there.
Another 2-week LIVOT programme saw the muscle fibres with the greatest potential for maximum muscle mass increase by 27.6%!
Once you’ve read David’s articles, I think you’ll be as blown away by the results as we were... and keen to discover what other training techniques you’ve missed out on up until now.
Thankfully, Peak Performance can help you there too.

Why you need to read Peak Performance

So why haven’t YOU heard about Kaatsu yet?
Because research like this hasn’t been printed in the majority of sports training publications. Nor is it likely that they’ll find their way into the general press anytime soon (if at all). And that means the majority of athletes, coaches and trainers don’t know about it either.
Peak Performance readers, on the other hand, are already aware of it.
They read these articles the moment they were published, and they’ll have made a decision on whether they should build it into their training.
Today, I’m inviting you to review the articles on Kaatsu yourself, as part of a trial membership to Peak Performance, so you can do exactly the same.
And it’ll cost you just $1.97.
There’s no risk or obligation. Find it’s not for you and you can cancel during your trial and get your money back – simple as that. But once you’ve seen Peak Performance, I think you’ll want to stay with us...
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Best wishes,
Jonathan Pye
Publisher, Peak Performance