Introduction - Training Comes to Racer X
by Racer X Virtual Trainer
James knows the importance of training!
photo: Courtesy James Stewart
Racer X Virtual Trainer is dedicated to making you better, faster and stronger by improving your motocross training program. With access to the industries top riders and trainers we reveal the training programs and techniques used by the best in the industry. Virtual Trainer presents how-to articles on training and nutrition as well as exclusive features from top trainers in the industry. We provide insider access to the training programs of top riders as well as interviews and insider information that only Virtual Trainer can deliver. So come on in, pull up a chair and cruise our website as we add new information every Thursday!
Everyone in the motocross industry knows one thing for sure: People that race motocross are the best conditioned athletes in the world. Or are they? Is Ricky Carmichael really in better shape than, say, Heavyweight Champion Evander Hollyfield or Cyclist Lance Armstrong? You will have to decide that for yourself, however, one thing is certainly true; these athletes are the best that their sport has to offer and all of them are in incredible shape. Sure some of it just plain old God-given abilities, but a lot of it is hard work and the right exercise program. It can at least be said that motocross is as physically demanding as any other sport. With such a demanding sport, fitness plays a very important role in a riders success or failure on the track.
Can you get all the physical training you need just by riding every day? Probably, but like most normal people, and even the pros, it may not be practical to ride everyday. Injuries, schedules, and available practice areas all prevent us from riding like we should. So what can you do to improve your fitness? You need an exercise program that crosses over well with motocross. You need to cross train. If you were to go to any one of the 12 outdoor Nationals this season and ask any of the pros what the biggest and most controllable advantage they can use to level the playing field, they would almost all answer fitness. At least that is what they should say. Your fitness level on the track is only limited by the amount of time and effort you are willing to put in off the track. All the top riders have personal trainers and nutrition experts helping them to improve their conditioning and go faster on the track. You may not be able to afford that top dollar trainer, however with the right information and your ability to read, I believe you too can reach your motocross fitness goals.
RC made training popular again!
photo: Simon Cudby
So what does your fitness regiment consist of? There are several mainstays out there that most all riders that are training use, but what is the best for motocross? Should you run all the time, lift weights, swim, do yoga, take an aerobics class or do whatever your buddy is doing. If you like to run, how often should you run and how should you run? If you lift weights, how often should you lift and what is the most beneficial way of lifting weights when training for motocross. Why would something like yoga or kickboxing be beneficial to your motocross training and what about aerobics and stretching? Fitness programs are no longer limited to the confines of your local gym and can include all types of outdoor activity such as wakeboarding, bmx’ing, and mountain biking. The most successful athletes have learned how to combine the mental and physical aspects of fitness into one package. Improper fitness training is just as bad as improper riding technique. Keep doing the wrong thing over and over and you will most certainly fail at your fitness goals. Where do you get your exercise information? Word-of-mouth and getting exercise tips through the grapevine can be a dangerous proposition. Unless you are getting your advice from a fitness expert, you should be very wary of the accuracy of that advice. Most of the non-expert advice out there is being handed down from one generation to the next. What worked for my big brothers best friend must be right for me; right? Knowledge is power, and knowing how to workout correctly and utilize the correct fitness program can be your key to dominating your respective class. It can also help keep you healthy and injury free throughout the racing season. Of course, some things being passed on are done correctly, however advances in sports medicine and physical fitness are showing which exercises are good and which are bad.
The articles on RacerxVT.com will be targeted at fitness in motocross and how you can incorporate fitness into your lifestyle. We will develop full-on exercise programs as well as general discussions on motocross fitness. The articles will be targeted at a general audience while keeping in mind the individual. We will develop programs that do not require a gym membership and are 100% portable. No longer will you be able to use the excuse that there isn’t a gym around, or that you were away from home and couldn’t train. Those are all excuses that will get you to the back of the D-class. We will interview the pros and get the specifics from their trainers. We will put complete workouts together that everyone can do, no matter what you fitness level or age is. We will answer all of those burning fitness questions that every rider has. How much cardio? How much weight training? How do I combine the two? What about group fitness at the local gym? Can yoga be beneficial? How do I train more efficiently to make the most of my time? Each month we will tackle issues like these to help make your training more enjoyable and beneficial.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Where we will end up is anyone's guess. But I gaurantee you one thing for sure. If you take your training seriously and listen to the experts on this website, you will improve not only on the race track, but in the game of life. My name is Tim Crytser, the creator of Racer X Virtual Trainer, and I hope you enjoy the site! Thanks for reading!
That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness.