by Racer X Virtual Trainer
When it comes to training for motocross, obviously knowing your body is key. But also key is knowing your mind – especially that part of your mind that might try to sabotage the goals you’ve set and the plans you’ve made. Since most people's commitment to training goals can flicker at times, online tools are a new way to help stay engaged and have fun. Not only do they help trick yourself into staying in the saddle, but they also help athletes know their body better with graphs and other progress tracking tools.
There are a plethora of fitness sites on the web that offer all kinds of dynamic graphs and tables for tracking exercise, diet habits and calorie consumption. Many have mapping applications that show route, distance, altitude changes and calories burned. Some offer mobile apps that allow you to do all that “automagically.” They even offer robust social features like event sharing, route sharing, virtual competitions and forums. It’s enough to geekify any hardcore fitness enthusiast.
One of the better features of online training is the ability to sign up for specific fitness plans related to personal goals and have the workouts emailed to you on a regular basis. For the email-aholics among us, it’s a nearly foolproof way to help keep engaged with our fitness goals.
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Which leads us to Trainingpeaks.com. If you’re the type of fitness person who likes to geek out with Web tools, Training Peaks will delight you. You can track exercise, nutrition, weight and even stress levels. The heart and soul of any online program are the day to day workouts and overall training plans. Through Training Peaks, Racer X Virtual Trainer offers five complete motocross training packages and two off-road programs. Packages are designed based on available time an athlete has to train. Training plans are purchased monthly, eliminating any large upfront costs associated with purchasing a bulk plan. Members have access to all training programs offered in the community at the beginning of each month. You pick the program that most resembles your situation and hit go! If at the end of the month you decide the program is no longer right for you, simply select another program when you renew. No other motocross training program offers this level of convenience and flexibility.
If you are a runner, cyclist, swimmer, or motocross athlete, Training Peaks has you covered.
Bottom line: online fitness tools are a great way to keep things fun, dynamic and engaging after the endorphin rush wears off. For the best suite of online features, our favorite is Training Peaks.
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.