Sprinting is just for athletes right? Wrong! DASH workouts are simply a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) based is unique as the sessions are developed around the methods used in sprint training. Of course we’re not all in training for the Olympics and so our techniques and methods have been tailored to be accessible to all ages and abilities, giving you a great overall workout leaving you feeling fitter, faster and energised.
Dr Joseph Henson Research from the Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit gives us an insight into why you should HIIT us up.
“For many people who don’t have the time – or the patience – for a long workout, there may be hope on the horizon….
It is perhaps a common misconception that in order to see health benefits from exercise, you have to spend hours slaving away in a gym. On the contrary. Short bursts of intensive exercise provide a more time-efficient and realistic way of preventing, delaying and managing chronic disease. In contrast, the benefits may actually be greater than those seen with more “traditional” moderate intensity aerobic exercise. So, in short, you get more “bang for your buck”.
What is HIIT all about then?
By definition, HIIT is characterized by brief, intermittent bursts of vigorous activity, interspersed by periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. As you may expect, HIIT forces the heart and lungs to work harder in the “sprint” mode than they would in a typical workout. Yes, this may feel uncomfortable in the short term but these short, sharp intervals lead to greater gains in aerobic capacity. As a result, more blood flows through the body, making blood vessels particularly elastic, and requires work from more of your muscles.
Can anyone do it?
Yes. The important thing to remember is that it is all relative to your current fitness level. Therefore, if you are running in a group, not everyone’s sprint intervals would be at the same speed. So don’t get disheartened if you are not leading the pack, as long as you are working close to your maximal effort you will still reap the rewards.”
DASH can be easily and safely incorporated into your usual workout routine and ideally practiced twice a week. So, if you are looking for a different kind of cardio activity and something that in 30minutes slots easily into your life come DASH with us.