Interview with's Robb Beams
By Tim Crytser

Robb Beams is the owner of and is the human performance coach for the Toyota TMX racing program and it’s riders for 2007. develops client specific endurance, strength, lactate tolerance, flexibility, daily nutritional and pre race nutritional programs and strategies for motocross and supercross racers.  Currently, is working with Toyota TMX professionals – Sean Hackley, Kyle Chisholm, Matt Boni, Alisa Nix, and top amateur just turned pro Kyle Keylon. In addition to the TMX professionals, is currently working with top amateurs Lowell Spangler, Alex Martin, and Spencer Dally.  If you would like Robb to evaluate your current program, feel free to contact him at or 407.701.7586 directly. - Virtual Trainer 

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Virtual Trainer:  Robb, tell us a little about your background and how you got into being a MX trainer.
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Robb Beams of

Robb Beams:  I have been involved in MX since 1978 and have never left the sport and have always been involved in one capacity or another.  I have been a full time trainer for, wow, 16 years now.  Our focus at has always been on the human performance component.  We are involved with the endurance side of triathlons, mountain bike racers, road cyclists, and road racers [runners].  In our motorsports division, obviously we have the MX/SX deal and we have even worked a little bit with Indy car drivers.  We also have a speed and agility division at MotoEndurance, which involves soccer players, lacrosse players, and baseball players.  Basically, anything that involves power, speed, and agility.  So what we do for the MX athlete is bring in the endurance background and incorporate the speed, power and agility for the motocrosser.  Then, I just take that and apply it to 30 plus years of experience in MX.  Recently, our Motocross division has partnered up with Toyota and we are now in our second year with that, and as you know we are involved in contributing to the Virtual Trainer website. 

How many people are involved with MotoEndurance, or is it all just you?
No, it’s much more than just me.  I have a staff of trainers and a staff of what I call resource personnel.  Like we have a Doctor on board that takes care of all of our structural assessments.  We have an Orthopedic Doctor in case any of our athletes require surgery; we have a Doctor that does nothing but blood chemistry for us.  We have a Chiropractor on board, two message therapists, one gentleman who does all of our nutritional counseling, one who does our sports psychology who does a lot of work with PGA tour professionals.  So we have a pretty extensive staff no matter what the needs of the rider are, so we can handle any and all of their needs. 

I know you are located in Orlando.  Do you have an actual physical location where you guys are based out of?
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TMX Rider, Matt Boni has shown flashes of brilliance this year in the Lites class.

We are currently finalizing a brick and mortar location.  For the last 10 years we have been strictly mobile.  Mainly because of the nature of the sports we are involved with.  When we are dealing with the motocross side of things, we focus predominately on going to the track, whether it’s for practice or the race with the rider.  Effective, in I would say the next four weeks, we will have our new brick and mortar location, and we will have 4 locations in Orlando within the next year. 

Will those be regular gyms like a Ballys that will be open to the general public or do you have to be a client to use the facilities?
No, they will not be open to the general public like a regular gym.  You will have to go in under MotoEndurance to get into these facilities.  The key right now is making ourselves completely portable and we are finalizing four locations within the next year, one of which will be live within the next four to six weeks. 

Let’s talk more specifically about  What is and what can someone expect when they click on the link?
What differentiates our services from everyone else is, we are the premier resource tool for any rider.  No matter what the background of the rider is we are going to be able to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses not only in their physical side of things but we also get into the psychological side, flexibility, nutrition, strength, cardio conditioning, and power.  Without getting into too much extensive physiology, what we do is work on all the necessary energy systems for a motocross racer for optimum performance.  So for example, if you were going to sit and talk about a physical limiter for an athlete it could be his or her inability to tolerate lactic acid.  So we would help them identify that weakness though several field tests.  Then we would establish certain protocol that would address those weaknesses head on.  If someone lacks muscular endurance, muscular power, or lactate tolerance, what we do is break those systems down and try and identify where the weaknesses are, give them the training protocols to increase their performance in those areas, and our goal is to further the overall development of a riders program.  The ultimate goal of MotoEndurance is to eliminate injuries, make riders stronger, and teach them how to ride fast for an extended period.  A riding coach helps them go faster, what we do is develop the muscular and energy systems so that a rider can take the skill they learn from their riding coach and be able to sustain it for a longer period of time.  A perfect example of this is Matt Boni or Kyle Chisolm.  You look at their first lap and you look at their last lap and they are less then a half-a-second deviation from each lap and that comes from not only the ability to put it out there, but also to have the conditioning to do it lap after lap.

Do you also have riding coaches on staff or help with riding technique?

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18 year old Sean Hackley's race stats include a win at Lake Whitney in 2006,  a two time champion at Ponca City and a top ten finish at the premier Loretta Lynn's National in 2006.

We do facilitate and make some suggestions but we try hard not to overstep our bounds as a riding coach.  A lot of these parents and riders have invested a lot of time and money with their coaches.  Everything we do is designed to supplement what that riding coach is saying.  A perfect example, we are working with some riders now that work with a very popular riding coach and coming into the corners they might be teaching the rider to get their foot up nice and high by the front wheel and be able to have that inside thigh pushing against the inside of the tank as the bike turns and leans over.  The challenge that you have is that if the person doesn’t have the necessary quadricep or hip flexor strength to hold that leg out there nice and high, they aren’t going to be able to do that lap after lap.  So we try to reinforce the importance of strength training to apply the necessary skills that their riding coach has been asking them to do. 

Now, getting back to some of the services that offers, what can I expect if I live in California and I want you to train me?
Well, there are two facets.  One we could jump on a plane and come out to your training facility whether it's your local track that you ride on or a track you physically own.  We do have that service available.  What we do is usually a three day workshop where we will come into what is essentially your training compound.  We like to live with you for three days.  We want to see how you eat, how you sleep, and what your workout patterns are.  Its amazing in three days the amount of information we can gather to fine tune your training program.  That service is available to everyone.  If someone doesn’t want us to come out to their property, but is just looking for someone to start outlining a program, we can do that also.  The three questions we always get asked is how hard should I workout, how often should I work out and what exactly should I be doing.  So what we do is when someone comes to the MotoEndurance website the first thing they do is fill out the racer profile.  That profile gives us a basic snapshot of what the current levels of that rider are, the amount of time that they have to train, and what it is that they really want to accomplish.  We use those three parameters really to establish your Monday through Sunday workout schedule.  And what I mean by that is how many days a week are you going to be riding your motorcycle, how many days a week you are going to be riding your bicycle, and how many days you will be cross training.  But the key is making sure the protocols are dropped in in a timely manor so the body has time to not only get stressed but allowing for the appropriate levels of recovery so that your body can adapt to the stress levels that you have put it under, which you have talked about on VT numerous times.

Speaking of the Virtual Trainer website, tell me a little about why you advertise and support our little trek into cyberspace.
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To learn all about Kyle Keylon and his pro debut, check out his Privateer Profile on

Well that’s easy.  I think the key thing that drives Virtual Trainer is that there isn’t a lot of pomp and circumstance and there’s not a bunch of garbage on the site.  It cuts to the chase and it’s where you are going to go to get cutting edge articles that are specific to our sport.  You aren’t going to get that anywhere else.  There might be people that Blog about training, but you present up to date articles every week that go along with what is happening in MX.  Like the week before Loretta’s, you had a few articles leading up to it.  I think it’s a great resource for the younger riders in particular and where else can you go and cut straight to the chase for motocross specific training.

Do you have canned online programs available on the website?
Well, right now the website is designed to let people know what services are available to them.  We don’t really have any off-the-shelf programs because we believe in individualized training.  If someone wanted, say a canned 6 week program and it focused on muscular endurance, well if that is already a strength of theirs then that workout isn’t going to help them out much.  We can write some generic protocols, but the key is to identifying your weaknesses, and getting you to focus on those and we develop the protocols to address those specifically.  We also do phone consults at no charge because mainly we want people to understand that MotoEndurance is a resource to them at every level.  We just had one rider call us up and he was having some issues with is stomach.  And just from talking with him on the phone we were able to make a few suggestions and his problem cleared up in a few days.  Basically we identified his sensitivities based on the products he was using and we made some dietary changes.

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Check back Monday for part two as Robb talks about how can benefit everyone from the seasoned pro to the absolute beginner as well as his opinion on the suspected use of performance enhancing drugs in professional motocross.   Until then, good luck with your training and, as always, VT can be reached anytime at .  In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section , your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness.