Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stair Climbing for Everyone: 5 Tips to Help you Reach the Top

Intimidated by the idea of climbing your way to the rooftop of a skyscraper? If you think that this is something exclusively for ultra-fit athletes and hardcore fitness buffs, read on!

Looking back at the 1000+ participants who turned up for the first two editions of Skyscraper Dash, the one lesson to draw is that stair climbing is for everyone. We had all age groups between 6 years and 82 years, people from all walks of life and even all fitness levels. Yes, there were the athletes, driven to win, but the larger number were weekend warriors, morning walkers and the occasional outdoor enthusiasts, who came looking for a new experience. The most remarkable fact: everyone completed the challenge! So, are you ready to push yourself and take back the pride and satisfaction of having accomplished something truly unique?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steady Cardio or High Intensity Exercise? How About a Blend

In the previous blog, we talked about the first step to a healthier life – incorporating regular exercise into your routine. However, if some form of exercise or sport already features in your life, you are probably looking to get to the next level of fitness and performance. The goal may be to look more appealing, train for a sporting contest or peak for a race. In either case, the idea is to get leaner, stronger, fitter and faster. The question is “how?’

What is High Intensity Interval Training

Search online on this subject, and there is one fitness concept that will ring at you from everywhere – High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). In a nutshell, HIIT is a short duration workout that involves intervals of pushing your body to optimal capacity (90 to 100%) for a duration of 30 seconds  to 2 minutes followed by a recovery period of 90 seconds to 3 minutes. 8 to 10 repeats of this pattern completes the workout.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4 Things You Can Do To Make Yourself Race Ready

Having organized (and participated in) a couple of editions of XWarrior & Skyscraper Dash apart from running in a number of other races, I can assure you that the thrill of this kind of race is decidedly unique. It gives you a rush. Each time I hit the finish line, I caught myself feeling, ‘wow that was something!’ And I was not alone.

The Fitter You Are, The Better the Experience!

Having said that, I would also add that the quality of experience you take back is most certainly enhanced by a good level of fitness. You will enjoy the race more if you’re in better shape and more confident about your abilities. This brings us to the whole point of this series of blogs. We want you to be strong, ready and injury-free,  the next time you arrive at the start line of an XWarrior Course or Skyscraper Dash or any other event.

Any of these short distance races are high intensity. If you are willing to spill out of your comfort zone on a Sunday and get all the way to the finish line in a condition and time limit that satisfies you, you need to start preparing. In other words, regular exercise.

Monday, February 16, 2015

R.I.P – The Sport365 Football Pickup

R.I.P – The Sport365 Pickup Football Game

On Feb 15, 2015, we took the 3 year old Sport365 Football Pickup Off Life Support.

The Sport365 pickup games started over 3 years ago as a labour of love…to provide an opportunity for grown up Delhi-ites to play football in a fun setting where people of all skill and fitness levels were welcome.  We kept the pickup football games going for three years, hosting almost 150 pickups through rain and heat, mud and nails on the field. The pickups were cancelled only a handful of times only when the field wasn’t available.

Getting the pickups off the ground was a lot tougher than we initially expected; endless visits to Siri Fort and other places people play, days spent sticking posters in coffee shops and the gallys of Hauz Khas Village and Khan Market, hundreds of phone calls. Trying to explain that pickup football wasn’t the same as ‘picking up girls’. What started with 6 people playing….grew into 50 people regularly showing up and waiting on the sidelines to play. There were also failed experiments like the post game happy hours at Moets…where we learned that even imbibing vast quantities of beer couldn’t overcome the smell of a dozen sweaty post game players.