Reasons to Incorporate High Intensity Interval Training in Workouts


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High Intensity Interval Training

Based in San Diego, California, Ashkan Khabazian is an emergency department clinical pharmacist for Sharp Healthcare, where he has been since 2009. In his free time, Ashkan Khabazian enjoys staying active and in shape, especially through high-intensity cardio.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an effective workout that alternates between periods of working at maximum capacity and low-intensity recovery. Here are three reasons to incorporate HIIT into your workout.

1) Burns more fat in less time. One study found that people lost more fat by doing 30-second sprints over a period of four to six minutes, with rest periods in between, than they did through 60 minutes of walking at an incline on a treadmill. Furthermore, HIIT increases the metabolic rate for as much as 24 hours and increases the muscles’ ability to use fat for energy.

2) Better at preserving muscle. Muscles, which burn more calories per hour than fat, are key to losing and maintaining weight loss. Cardio-based exercises preserve fewer muscles as they lead to a calorie deficit while HIIT increases weight loss and preserves muscles.

3) Curbs cravings. As cardio leads to a calorie deficit, food cravings increase. Studies have shown that HIIT can result in brain changes that decrease hunger and increase fullness from consumed food.


University of Michigan’s Top NBA Players

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University of Michigan

Dr. Ashkan Khabazian, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has spent nearly eight years as an emergency department clinical pharmacist at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. In this position he responds to Code Blue calls, which involve patients entering the department in critical condition. Beyond his professional activities, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian enjoys attending collegiate football and basketball games at his alma mater every weekend.

The University of Michigan has produced a number of basketball players that have gone on to enjoy success in the National Basketball Association (NBA), including 16 players with at least 520 professional games played. Juwan Howard, an NBA player from 1995 through 2013, leads Michigan alumni with 1,208 games played. During his first seven seasons, Howard averaged more than 18 points and 7 rebounds per game. He was named to the league’s All Star team in 1996.

At 1,182 minutes played, Jamal Crawford is the University of Michigan’s second most prolific NBA player, though his career may be considered more notable than Howard’s. Crawford has, on three occasions, won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, the only player in league history to do so. Over the course of tenures with the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers, Crawford has taken part in 69 career post season games.

Other prominent University of Michigan players to impact the NBA include Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Glen Rice, and Rickey Green. Current Michigan players in the league, meanwhile, range from Tim Hardaway, Jr. to Trey Burke.

High-Intensity Interval Training Workout Duration

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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.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Names New Director and VP

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As the clinical pharmacist for an emergency department, Ashkan Khabazian, PharmD, is responsible for administering medication based on patients’ emergency needs at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. Outside of work, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is known for being a research hospital dedicated to helping children who have cancer. This includes both treatment for patients, and researching new ways to help young people who are battling the disease. In December of 2016, St. Jude named Ellis J. Neufeld, MD, PhD, as the new clinical director and executive vice president of the hospital.

Dr. Neufeld joins St. Jude as an experienced professional skilled in pediatric hematology. He has held the Egan Family Foundation Chair in Transitional Medicine while a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and was the associate chief at the Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dr. Neufeld also has previous experience working as a physician and scientist within a laboratory setting. His new role will begin in March of 2017.