The first reason we recommend KAATSU instead of occlusion training is safety. KAATSU protocols and equipment are designed to modify the venous flow back to the heart without causing occlusion. Occlusion-based training often uses equipment that has the potential to be applied too tightly (causing full occlusion and possible physical damage) or too loosely (creating little or no physiological effect). KAATSU equipment and protocols allow users to choose the right pressure to create the desired physiological effects without the potential for occluding blood flow.
In addition, occlusion equipment and methods can be uncomfortable to use. Common equipment used for occlusion training are elastic wraps, surgical tubing, modified blood pressure cuffs, or repurposed cargo straps. When these are applied they can be very tight and restrict your body’s natural movement. KAATSU Air Bands are designed to flex and move with your body so you can maintain your natural movement, whether that be for lifting weights, golfing, swimming, doing martial arts, and more.
KAATSU equipment and protocols are designed for safety, effectiveness, and comfort. Unlike companies that are trying to copy KAATSU methods, KAATSU is the original form of blood flow modification / restriction training. When you choose KAATSU, you are choosing proven, safe, and patented equipment and protocols that other BFR companies seek to emulate.
I hope this answers the question of why people should use KAATSU instead of occlusion training. If you would like more clarification, please read through the other FAQs about KAATSU, or leave a question in the comment box below.