Get A Complete, Full-Body Biohacking Workout in 20 Minutes with No External Loads or Joint Impact, Using The Electrical Modality That Is Taking The World By Storm – How Katalyst Works With Bjoern Woltermann.

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In the podcast episode “Is This The World’s Most Efficient, Biohacked Workout? The New Full-Body Electro Muscle Stimulation Science by Katalyst (& How To Build Muscle In 20 Minutes) With Bjoern Woltermann.”, I revealed my discovery of what I consider to be the next frontier of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

In my book Boundless, on my podcast, and elsewhere, I've talked about how I have used this technology of electrical muscle stimulation, also known as “EMS,” including…

…but with all other forms of EMS I've used in the past, although getting great results for injury rehab, muscle growth, targeted muscle “re-training,” and more, I've also had to deal with all sorts of wires, time-consuming electrode attachments, confusing user interfaces, and a pretty clunky experience that takes up a lot of time.

This electrical muscle stimulation suit called the Katalyst is a total game-changer. You literally just pull on the suit and select from any of the workouts on the app, and a personal trainer not only walks you through the entire workout, which involves functional fitness moves like squats, side lunges, presses, cardiovascular and power movements, and a whole lot more.

The intensity is automatically adjusted by your trainer as you go, so it also creates a highly customized workout. This is one of the coolest time hacks for exercise that I've discovered in a long time, and—coming from a guy who has done a lot of different workouts—I can tell you that this thing is not some gimmicky “As Seen On TV” technology that you use to get a six-pack while you're sitting on the couch eating Twinkies.

Instead, I think this technology will take the fitness world by storm. Pro athletes can train muscles they've never used before and retrain injured muscles, while complete exercise beginners or those in rehab can lift weights without excess stress on the joints. I've been such a proponent of this suit that the Katalyst team has extended a VIP experience to my listeners, which includes expedited delivery and personal onboarding with your own Katalyst adviser via Zoom. (You can take advantage of the offer here.)

In this episode, I once again interview the founder and CEO of Katalyst—Bjoern Woltermann—to take a deep dive into the latest science on EMS and how this new technology works.

A startup veteran and economist by trade, Bjoern was introduced to full-body EMS as a way to fit strength training into his busy travel schedule and to rehabilitate a back injury. After training every Monday for six weeks, Bjoern was amazed to find himself both pain-free and in better physical shape than he had been in years. He soon realized that this technology had the potential to improve millions of lives significantly. Driven by an innate desire to serve people, Bjoern founded Katalyst in 2015 to bring full-body EMS to the United States.

Aside from Katalyst, Bjoern is a devoted husband and uncle who loves to travel the world and is committed to a healthy lifestyle.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-The basic overview of the Katalyst training system…10:48

  • The Katalyst is a full body electro muscle stimulation (EMS) device in the form of a suit
  • Modular, has three components and is suitable for everyone
  • Controlled by an iPad – takes training content out of the cloud
  • A small device placed on the hip sends electrical currents through body
  • Simulates signals from the brain
  • Activates muscles in a complete way
  • EMS training allows you to trigger and target each muscle in exactly the way you want it
  • It can be used for recovery
  • Kaatsu – Automated Blood Flow Restriction System (use code BEN to save 5%)
  • Difference between Kaatsu and EMS suit
  • ARX – super slow resistance training device
  • Combination of slow and controlled lifting protocol with the EMS suit is not recommended for beginners
  • Airdyne bike
    • Combination of strength and cardio session

-The electrical modality used for cardio vs. strength…21:33

-The latest scientific research on Katalyst’s efficiency…30:23

  • Many studies are coming up that indicate full-body muscle stimulation not only benefits your muscle mass, but also your bone density
  • Effective with two major longevity problems – osteoporosis and sarcopenia
  • Katalyst – excellent for sarcopenia (muscle loss with aging)
    • Currently conducting a study in cooperation with several universities
  • Initiative with the Mayo Clinic group “We Build Hearts” – works with individuals that have congestive heart failure
  • Katalyst is the only FDA-approved device for home use without supervision
    • Had to prove the heart is protected and safe
  • Impact on bone density
    • There are initial signals that EMS can increase, or at least, stop the decrease of bone density

-Surprising positive impacts of Katalyst…46:04

  • Katalyst proved efficient with many problems it wasn’t initially designed to solve
    • A man with prostate cancer
    • A dentist with occupational pain
    • Frozen shoulder problems
    • Back pain problems
  • Innovo pelvic floor trainer
  • Katalyst can also be used for pelvic floor training
    • Solves postpartum incontinence
  • EMS exercise as medicine for overall improvement of physical health
  • Bjoern’s headaches have been gone for 10 years now
  • Preparation for hip replacement surgery with Katalyst
    • After 9 months there was no need for the surgery anymore
  • Katalyst can improve overall quality of life

-App updates, future improvements, buying options…1:01:09

  • Onboarded four new trainers, one of which is an MMA coach; teaches not only boxing but also technique
  • Added a set of workouts that are injury-prevention specific like ACL stabilization
  • Building specific workouts for golfers
  • Massively increasing the team
  • Personalized sizing
    • When buying you enter 6 different sizes 
    • Goes into an algorithm that basically picks the right combination of sizes for your base layer, for your vest, for your shorts, and for your arm straps
  • Issue of supply
    • Long waiting list is beginning to get shorter
  • Benefits of purchasing through Ben’s link, here
    • Skip the reservation and purchase your system right away
    • Expedited delivery (1-2 weeks after measurement is received – normally 3-6 weeks)
    • Personal onboarding worth $150 with one of Katalyst's  EMS specialists
  • Additional advantages
    • $66 a month with zero interest rate for 3 years
    • 30-day return window
    • Free-of-charge replacement if a smaller suit is needed because of the weight loss

-And much more…

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10 thoughts on “Get A Complete, Full-Body Biohacking Workout in 20 Minutes with No External Loads or Joint Impact, Using The Electrical Modality That Is Taking The World By Storm – How Katalyst Works With Bjoern Woltermann.

  1. Jaya says:

    I am sold on trying the Katalyst, and the 3 years at no interest to pay made it a no brainer….until I read how shady the company “Affirm” is who Katalyst uses to make that claim. Check out

    * https://www.trustpilot.com/review/affirm.com, or

    * https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/san-francisco/profile/financial-services/affirmcom-1116-445613
    Better Business Bureau’s 1.16 out of 5 rating with Customer Complaints

    * => 1,803 complaints closed in last 12 months (150 complaints a month ?!? )

    * => 2,833 complaints closed in last 3 years

    That is a LOT of complaints and the lowest score I have ever seen for the BBB! Many complaints say Affirm ruined their credit, etc.

    SIGH! What to do?

  2. Brent says:

    Other than this being a fully body suit, how does this compare to products like PowerDot?

    1. Katalyst says:

      Hi Brent, Katalyst is the only full-body EMS device to be FDA-cleared for consumer use. In contrast to other devices on the market, we built a premium consumer fitness experience that is incredibly easy to use, lightweight and travel-ready, with on-demand training content delivered straight to your iPad. With Katalyst, you get the world’s best full-body EMS training anytime, anywhere, and for the price of a Peloton.

  3. Dave says:

    I was very interested until I dug in and found out that after you purchase the devise, you have to subscribe for $39 per month to get the full content. Also very disappointed that this issue was not mentioned in the podcast!

    1. Katalyst says:

      Hi Dave, we do not currently have a subscription to our app, but plan to have this option available in the future to access all content. A basic set of workouts are included in the app with your purchase of the Katalyst Training System that will always be available.

  4. Justin says:

    Ok but it connects wirelessly to the ipad… so that means you’re being irradiated with Bluetooth the entire time you’re wearing this thing. That’s a quick NO for me, dog.

  5. Rick says:

    VERY interesting!!! How do you get both the discount AND the no interest payment plan?

    1. Katalyst says:

      Hi Rick, you can use Ben’s link to purchase your Katalyst Training System with priority shipping! Select Affirm at checkout to make payments over time. Affirm uses multiple factors to determine if any interest is required.

  6. Christa says:

    Does this work for yoga and/or tai ch’i?

    1. Katalyst says:

      Hi Christa, the way Katalyst has the ability to strengthen your postural and stabilizing muscles can do wonders for those activities. Katalyst also has multiple yoga strength workouts you can choose from!

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