3 Must-Have Training Products for the Motocross Athlete
by Racer X Virtual Trainer
Last week I had the opportunity to go to the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. This is by far one of the largest and best run trade shows I have ever attended. The energy in the convention center was outstanding and between the incredible eye candy of new and exotic bikes there were also some very cool new products. Plus it was in Vegas baby! Whenever I am at these shows, I am always on the lookout for products that will not only help the motocross athlete while cross training but also while riding. At least 10 such products caught my eye but three stood out as must-haves.
1. Lifeproof iPhone Case
This product stands out at the top of my list for its design and functionality. I have 4 or 5 different cases (okay at least 10) for my iPhone and so far I have never found one that is waterproof and slim. I'll just put this out there right now, I hate, repeat HATE the Otterbox case. To me, the Otterbox is like taking a Lamborghini and placing it inside a Desoto. The iPhone is so incredibly slim and sleek it does it such an injustice by putting it in a case that makes it feel big and bulky. Of all the cases I own, the only ones that get used are those that do not make my phone feel like a brick.
The Lifeproof case is everything my non-water proof cases are plus a whole lot more. The case I have been using for the past 8 months is made by Rokform. It's a great case. It's inexpensive, has an ingenious mounting system for my bike(s) and car, looks cool, and is very slim. But it's not waterproof. With all the cycling, mountain biking, and riding I do, keeping my iPhone safe and free from damage is usually a challenge. That is until I discovered the Lifeproof case. It is 100% waterproof and the best part is it is almost exactly the same size as my Rokform.
How do I know this case actually works? Well, aside from the display and demonstration at the show (they had an iPhone and iPad submerged in a tank of water), the first thing I did this weekend was to place my phone in it's new housing and throw it in the lake. Okay, that was actually my daughter's idea. The phone sinks but don't worry, Lifeproof has a solution for that. The waterproof case also fits inside a big orange foam casing. Not something I plan to use all the time but it was cool to get a call and have the wife throw me my phone while out in the water. I also took it mountain biking in a full-on downpour today and loved every minute of having all my ride data right in front of me with no worries of water damaging my phone.
The case also comes with a bike mount and an arm strap to use while running. I have not had the chance to take it to the track but can only imagine how nice it will be to have the confidence knowing that no matter what mother nature throws at me, my phone will be safe. No more dust, mud, water, sweat, or anything else to ruin my phone. This could be a game changer! Do yourself a favor and check out this case at http://www.lifeproof.com/
2. ROLL Recovery
If you have ever walked a trade show, you know how tiring it can be. The thing that gets me the most is my lower back and legs. I found myself continually returning to row 1500 to get some deep tissue muscle message from the ROLL Recovery device. For all the products at the show that have the potential to impact the motocross athlete the most, it has to be the ROLL Recovery.
It my opinion, one of the main causes of arm pump in moto is lack of warm up and stretching. The ROLL Recovery device directly addresses these issues and for many riders may be the product that saves their day of riding. If you check out the ROLL Recovery website, you will notice that they are 100% focused on the legs. However when I explained to Curtis, the US Sales Manager for ROLL Recovery, the debilitating effects of arm pump on a rider and how the device could be used on a rider's forearm, he admitted he had not thought of that application. When I saw the product, that was the first thing that came to my mind!
I have not tested the device on a rider yet but I am 100% certain it will lead to less arm pump for the weekend warrior. If you follow this site you are well aware that I think very highly of myofascia release for warm up and recovery. See this article on Foam Rolling. Do I think the ROLL Recovery will eliminate the need for a foam roller, tennis ball, and other deep tissue/message devices? Heck no, but I can guarantee there is no better way to warm-up and message the muscles of the forearm like this device can. Plus it feels great on your legs!
Imagine if you will, instead of rolling your leg as shown in the picture above, rolling your forearm. I did and I can tell you it feels amazing. The only thing that can replace this type of deep tissue message are the hands of a trained therapist. If you suffer from arm pump or just want a great recovery tool, check out the ROLL Recovery device.
3. GEIGERRIG Hydration Pack
The last (but certainly not least) product that I cannot wait to try is the GEIGERRIG Hydration pack. Several features set this pack apart from others but the best is the fact that it's pressurized! The benefits of having pressurized water while riding, mountain biking, or cycling is huge. Instead of me trying to convince you with typed words, I'll shut up and let the following two videos do the heavy lifting.
And this guy does a really good job of demonstrating the pack.
I just purchased the G3 RIG and cannot wait to give it a try. Other interesting options that are new and do not appear to be available to the general public (yet) are the SHUTTLE, which can be attached to your motorcycle, the GAURDIAN which has a hard shell for impacts and higher pressure spray, and the BIKE RIG which gets the pack off your back and onto the bike. All four look to be a great addition to your gear bag. Keep your eyes peeled for when the new products become available or call 801-823-3336 for more info. email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for now. If you know of a product you think will benefit the motocross community, feel free to mention it in the comment section below. Thanks!
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