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Sunday's Pre-Loretta's Workout (The Amateur)

by Racer X Virtual Trainer


Loretta Lynn's is one of the most grueling amateur races in the world. While the length of the motos are nothing like what the pros endure, 20-minute motos in the Tennessee heat will test even the most fit amateur. Think you can all out like the top amateur riders in the world? Time to prove it in this all-out AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) workout created by Crossfitter Joe Celso.

Joe tells us, "Before I found CrossFit, I used to use this workout as part of my "get ready to moto" plan. Sometimes I would do a set number of laps and sometimes I would give myself a time limit and go as far as possible. Ultimately, my goal was to complete six "laps" in 18-minutes which I accomplished once in a bout 75 attempts with time of 17:56. We sometimes use a scaled version of the dumbbell moto in my gym as a warm-up."

One "lap" of the moto consists of

According to Joe, "The best part of the whole workout is that you are not allowed to let go of the dumbbells for the duration even if you rest them on something, you can not take your hands off." Push ups are done on the dumbbells.

  • 25 lb. dumbbell - Advanced /stronger athletes
  • 20 lb. dumbbell - Moderate conditioned athletes
  • 15 lb. dumbbell - Younger athletes

Joe recommends advanced athletes use a 25 lb. dumbbell, younger athletes use 15 lb. dumbbells and some stronger folks can use 20s. Bottom line is, find the weight that is right for you. If 20 reps proves to be too much then cut the rep range to 14-16.

If you get through three laps in 12-minutes, you are on the "lead lap" and get a fourth lap - otherwise you get blue-flagged and it's time to put the dumbbells down.

Sounds like a blast. Thanks Joe!

The Movements

Warm up for 10-minutes then:

20 hang high-pulls (Youtube clip)
20 push presses
20 deadlifts
20 bent rows
20 push ups
20 lunges (total - alternate legs).

How to do the challenge.

  1. It's very easy to follow. Warm up for 10-minutes, start a stop watch, then do the exercises in the order prescribed.
  2. Once you complete the last prescribed exercise (lunges) immediately start the circuit over with the hang high-pulls.
  3. At the end of the third "lap" if your time is more than 12-minutes, drop the weights and continue the exercises without the weights. Otherwise keep going!
  4. Complete 6 "laps".

Post your results in the comment section. Let's see some videos people!

Before beginning any fitness program, always see a qualified healthcare provider for advice and to address any questions or concerns. The exercises presented on this website are for suggestion only and should not be substituted for medical diagnosis or treatment. Participate at your own risk and stop if you feel faint or experience shortness of breath.

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. VT Signature

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    barb August 07, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Do you do these every other day? Also do you do these before race day too? thxs

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