Training on a Budget
by Joel Younkins
It is no secret that the world of offroad racing is a lot less glamorous than its counterpart supercross/motocross. Racer's do not fly to races on private jet's and have their own reality shows. When attending a GNCC event, and looking at the hundreds of riders that head to the starting line, you need to realize that almost every rider has a full time job when they return home. Very few will ever have the opportunity to race offroad as a career.
So with that, I understand that most racer's may not have the chance to work with a personal trainer who understands racing and the demands of the sport, or even have a gym available to him or her. And when shopping for your own equipment to train at home, it may become a little discouraging to see some of the prices of exercise equipment. The purpose of this article is to show some of the best ways to save some money while providing yourself with equipment that can help you reach full potential.
TRX - This will be the most expensive piece of equipment on this list. But it will be for good reasons. I have never used the other suspension training systems like the Jungle Gym or Blast Straps that are sold at lower cost than the TRX. But with the TRX system, it is a great tool to have as a dirt bike racer. First and foremost it focuses on relative strength using gravity and body weight to determine the intensity which is an essential aspect to work on for racing dirt bikes. Other benefits from the TRX are, core strength, joint stability, flexibility, and the TRX is easy to travel as it slips into a small bag. This may be the best $189 you may ever spend!
Foam Roller - This is the poor man's massage. This is a great tool to help lengthen muscles and your fascia system which will help improve flexibility and will also help reduce injuries. You should not have to spend anymore than $50 on a foam roller.
Resistance Bands - There are many different types of resistance bands on the market, but the type I am talking about are not the cords (which are great) but are shaped like a giant rubber band. With these, anyone can perform many different kinds strength exercises. But that's not it, stretching, running, prehab, and rehab can all be performed with resistance bands. The key is learning how to properly use them. You can find them in all different sizes but usually a couple of mini bands and a regular size band will get the job done for most athletes.
Medicine & Stability Balls - Great tools for core strength and stability. But core development isn't just it, lower and upper body workout can be incorporated with both of these. With both being sold for reasonable prices, it is hard to go wrong with these two as they can create many different uses and workouts.
Tires and Sledge Hammers - To help develop core strength, explosive strength, and work capacity, tires and sledge hammers can be another dynamic duo to help save the wallet and get multiple uses. The cool thing is you can usually find used tires from earth moving equipment for free! You just need to contact a tire yard and they will give their used tire's away usually at no cost. I just suggest you pick a tire out that will be the right size and still in somewhat decent condition. All you will need to spend is money on a sledge hammer if you don't have one already.
Tape - Yes tape! Duct tape, athletic tape, anything to your preference. Tape is great to use for setting up agility drills and can even be used for testing and measuring different movements.
Jump Rope - Taking it back old school here. For under $10, jump ropes are great tools for a simple warm up, circuit style training, or a cardiovascular workout. Jump ropes are another tool that is great for traveling. Whether you use it in a hotel room or before you head to the starting line to help warm up, it is a great tool!
Body Weight - Last but not least, the cheapest piece of equipment that you can take anywhere is your body weight! It is free and just think off the top of your head of how many different body weight exercises that can be performed. Pushups, squats, lunges, burpees, planks, jumping jacks, and the list goes on and on!
From the whole list of tools that I have shown you, which is more than enough, you should be able to keep the price of this list under $400. With all of this, that is still hundreds of dollars cheaper than any cardio or weight machine. Now that we see there are ways of saving money on workout equipment that can be helpful and even very convenient, take these ideas and try to utilize them into which you may find helpful. Hope this helps for the people who are looking to train on their own or people who like to train on the own already. Racerxvt.com is a great place to learn how to use these pieces of equipment and program your own workouts!
About the Author: Joel Younkins Training is dedicated to training and improving not only motocross racers but all athletes and general public as well. After ending his college football career early with a back injury, Joel returned back to the sport of racing in which his father Gary Younkins (Multiple 6 Days Gold Winner) created Joel's passion for the sport. Joel is now involved in training racer's to help improve performance. He works with GNCC racer's Jason Thomas (XC2 Pro Lites) and quad rider Mark Notman (XC1 Pro) as well as training Mike Boggia (Pro Vet Motocross Racer). Follow on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.
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