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A Q&A With Yoshikuni Takamoto on ASICS Inner Muscle

11th March 2008
YOSHIKUNI TAKAMOTO Senior Researcher in the Human Characteristics Research Team at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science. Could you briefly describe your work? "At the Human Characteristics Research Team, we analyze human movements and muscle activity and develop functional apparel and innovations to support the human body when exercising, in order to improve performance. " What was the starting point for developing Inner Muscle sportswear? "Well, the original idea was to develop first layer items specifically for women. During extensive laboratory experiments, we analyzed how inner muscles work in daily movement and sport-specific movements. Based on the results, we designed the Inner Muscle products with an apparel developer. We created test samples, which we validated many times, and then we asked a large number of people to perform wear tests. " What makes this technology so unique? "The unique point is the focus on inner muscles. ...


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