High-Intensity Interval Training
As the clinical pharmacist for Sharp HealthCare’s emergency department, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian assists emergency room doctors and staff in managing a number of infective processes like pneumonia, skin infection, and urinary tract infections. In his personal life, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian is a physical fitness enthusiast and uses high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio to help supplement his weight lifting.
HIIT is an ideal way to get the most out of a shorter workout. As the name suggests, HIIT utilizes high intensity to allow you to get more done in shorter periods, which leads to performance increases and saves time. HIIT workouts alternate between extreme bursts of intense activity and shorter periods of less-intense activity or rest. For HIIT sessions, timing is crucial to maximize the benefits of your workout while also avoiding injuries.
Men’s Fitness suggests that a good HIIT session should ideally last anywhere from just four minutes up to 15. At its longest, your HIIT workout should not exceed 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that a 30-minute HIIT workout does not mean non-stop high-intensity exercise for half an hour. Instead, you should give yourself plenty of breaks between shorter five- to seven-minute intervals of all-out activity where you push yourself to your limit. Short breaks between sessions not only help prevent overuse injuries but also ensure you have the energy to push yourself through each set.
Dr. Ashkan Khabazian serves as the emergency department clinical pharmacist at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California, where he helps provide optimal pharmacotherapy to patients. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian is committed to fitness and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
One of the most challenging martial arts to master, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has increased in popularity with the rise of MMA fighting, as it is one of the primary styles employed by competitors in these sports. It isn’t just a practice for professional fighters, though; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a lot to offer the amateur.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches the value of continuous effort, and beginners often find themselves tossed about the mat and easily submitted. With hard work, however, it won’t be long before the amateur begins to see progress, and isn’t beaten so easily. Achievements in the sport are easily measurable, and lessons are translated over to everyday life as well.
Additionally, there are many health benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice is beneficial because it teaches the practitioner to use his or her body as a single unit rather than different components. Since many people tend to do fragmented, sedentary activities throughout the day (sitting in chairs, on the couch, etc.) the body adjusts to moving in suboptimal ways. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotes natural movement and flexibility, leading to greater mobility and overall increased musculoskeletal health.
Michigan Among Favorites
A PharmD graduate of the University of Michigan, Ashkan Khabazian currently serves as the lead clinical pharmacist of Sharp Memorial Hospital’s emergency department in San Diego, California. Outside of his professional life, Ashkan Khabazian is a fan of University of Michigan athletics.
Though the Alabama Crimson Tide is the favorite pick of sports analysts to become college football’s national champion, it’s the Michigan Wolverines that have emerged as an odds-on favorite among bettors in Las Vegas. At many Vegas sports books, the Wolverines have had more bets placed on them to win the title than any other team. Odds makers have responded in kind, moving Michigan from a 15-1 favorite to a 7-1 favorite, putting them only behind Alabama.
Michigan has a favorable schedule this year, which is one reason why bettors and experts believe the team could have a strong showing and perhaps even win the title. Colorado is the only Power 5 Conference team on Michigan’s non-conference schedule this season. However, the Wolverines will face road tests at Michigan State and Ohio State in conference play.