You have to love a sport like cycling. It’s so welcoming. I came across a video the other day titled “Top Ten Ways to Avoid a Sore @ss When Cycling On Your Road Bike”. I kid you not. Search for it. You’ll love it. 2.6 MILLION views.
If you didn’t already, you should have a lot of respect for cyclists. I mean, bad traffic’s a breeze compared to a saddle sore. But, I digress…
I went for my first bike ride of the season on Saturday. It was pretty good for a first ride, but my tush is still tender two days later. I need to get my legs into condition, but I don’t want to watch that video – again. What to do?
I took a short (6.6 km) ride today and used my KAATSU B1 on Progressive Cycle mode. This is essentially a blend of the KAATSU Cycle low and medium pressure range, so it starts you off gentle and takes you through 16 steps of incremental pressure increases. I didn’t pedal hard for most of the ride, but my legs felt like they were on fire.
This is the beautiful thing about KAATSU. My light workout felt like I’d been riding hard. Using KAATSU created the physiological conditions of a hard workout – and that would have triggered the body to respond with extra growth hormone and other beneficial compounds to help repair the body. I was pedaling lightly, so there was very little mechanical strain on my body, but the net result should be my body building more muscle.
Using KAATSU can help cyclists get in better shape earlier in the season without having to put in hundreds of kilometers in the saddle. It’s a great shortcut, and I didn’t make my tush any more sore. You don’t need to bust your butt to train if you’re using KAATSU!
Disclaimer: KAATSU protocols have not been evaluated by Health Canada. KAATSU is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.