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The Kratos is different than anything we’ve done before. At first glance it might look complex, but at its core the Kratos generates its training effect through one of the most basic laws that govern the physical universe. In classic physics, Issac Newton’s first law tells us that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.
YOU are that outside force, and in this case the object is a rotating mass called a flywheel. Effort exerted by the athlete *into* the flywheel is stored as potential mechanical energy and immediately released back. Because resistance isn’t determined by a predetermined weight but rather by effort, this allows for a variety of different use cases and applications you can read more about below.
The Kratos is unique as an inertial/eccentric training device due its patent pending design that allows for both horizontal and vertical training in a single, compact unit with a large, non-elevated base.
Kratos includes a wall mount or optional 3" rack mount option for horizontal training. The wall mount securely fastens to studs or any other stable vertical surface. If you want to use a a power rack with standard 3" tube and 2" hole spacing, choose the optional rack mount bracket.
Measuring 48" x 34", the Kratos base is the largest of any flywheel device without sacrificing portability and compactness. Perhaps even more impressive than this is it's CNC milled solid birch base, stained a gorgeous reddish-brown that complements the modern space.
Kratos features a novel bracket system that allows for easy switching from vertical (base) to horizontal (wall mount or rack mount) training, an industry first. CNC machined, the hardware is satisfyingly precise in its fitment and use.
Watch these videos to learn more about Kratos use and application from Kabuki educators and Dr. Kelly Starrett. For more information or product education, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many pathways and strategies for stimulating muscle hypertrophy. Of them, mechanical tension, total volume, and metabolic stress are the primary catalysts. The Kratos excels at stimulating metabolic stress under high mechanic tension making it an unconventional yet effective tool for hypertrophy training. The Kratos may be used as a standalone device however it can be a formidable 1:2 punch when combined with traditional barbell, dumbbell or machine training. Traditional methods of training emphasize concentric muscle load to produce an overloading hypertrophy stimulus whereas the Kratos provides an overloading eccentric muscle load. Combining these two types of muscle loads will provide a much greater stimulus than if you were to target a single type.
When it comes to exercise intervention during rehab and recovery scaling load is one of the first variables strength coaches and clinical experts will adjust. A unique advantage the Kratos has is letting the user adjust load based on effort and how challenging they feel the stimulus is. This is more of an agile approach to scaling exercise load than traditional fixed training implements such as barbells and dumbbells. Specific case studies involving lower back injuries show benefit of the Kratos to re-introduce load by limiting the total axial force through the spine. Other unique strategies include reintroducing load to tendons without relying on excessive amounts of concentric muscular action. Because the Kratos overloads the eccentric portion of movement users are able to target connective tissues post injury with much higher eccentric loading than would be possible with barbells, machines, or dumbbells.
One unique application of the Kratos is in grappling sports such as wrestling, and the various subdivisions of MMA. Combat sports require athletes to resist movement of an opponent. At the physiological level this movement resistance is translated as isometric/eccentric muscle load. Resisting the force of an opponent can be simulated on the Kratos through the overloading action of the flywheel. In practical terms the stored energy in the flywheel feels like a constant force pulling on your body while you are performing exercises. This is far different than a standard cable machine or free weight implement where the load is static.
An emerging area of study for eccentric overload training is teaching movement deceleration. Deceleration is a primary component to agility and change of direction for field sport athletes. The Kratos may also influence post activation potentiation (PAP) by providing a significant neural response during eccentric overload. Overloading this phase of movement may prime the nervous system before jumping, bounding, or doing other explosive type exercises. This neural priming allows users to express greater power output when external load is removed.
The ability to change the intensity of the Kratos without having to switch between different machines, bars, or weights makes it a perfect candidate for applying time under tension training techniques. By using variable load management, you can effectively perform very hard total body exercises over a longer period of time. To do this with traditional implements you would need to combine different dumbbells, bars, or machines to effectively scale load. The benefit of the Kratos is the ability to sustain continuous work without taking time to transition to different implements or weights. This will lead to higher training density which should be a primary goal of anyone who wants to improve their conditioning. Greater training density ultimately means your time in the gym will be spent efficiently.
The opportunities are endless. In this video, Kabuki Strength's Chris Duffin goes over common uses, function, and setup of the Kratos unit.
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Common questions on proper use and training methodology. Do you have a specific question? To submit a question or view previously answered customer questions, go to the Q&A section on the Kratos add to cart page.
While there are many popular flywheels on the market, the Kratos is the only flywheel that integrates vertical (base) and horizontal (wall or rack) training options in a single unit with easy transition between training vectors via modular anchor points on both axes. It is also the only unit of its kind to include a large, non-elevated base (48" x 34") and a modular vertical post in a compact, mobile unit.
These potent combinations allows for ease of use, greater flexibility in application, and a much larger exercise variety that can be performed than other, significantly more expensive flywheel units
Each Kratos unit includes the following. Accessories by Spud Inc. including squat or deadlift harnesses and handles can be purchased here.
More details about what is included in-box and with your order can be found on the Kratos add to cart page.
The max force you can achieve on the Kratos is completely dependent on how much force you can put into the flywheel. How much force you produce is the force that will be delivered back to you. Flywheels can theoretically generate infinite forces, and are restricted only by physics and material limitations.
The larger flywheel will require a larger amount of initial torque which means it also needs more torque to slow it down. The smaller flywheel requires less torque to produce rotation but also makes it harder for it to reach a higher point of stored energy. A smaller flywheel may be better for conditioning or metabolic training whereas the larger flywheel may be better for traditional strength work.
You can purchase additional flywheels for Kratos here.
For hypertrophy and strength training the Kratos can be used to generate metabolic stress via time under tension or it can be used overload of the eccentric portion of movements which will produce greater mechanical tension. For injury recovery the Kratos can be used as a strategy to reintroduce load to tendons or specific segments of movement.
The Kratos is not a substitute for traditional barbell training. A barbell cannot do what the Kratos does and the Kratos cannot do what a barbell does. Together they form a very effective system for loading the body.
No you should not always generate maximum force. You should vary your effort based on the intended outcome of your training plan.
The Kratos is manufactured in Portland, Oregon.
The rack-mount option for Kratos fits most standard racks with the following characteristics.