Adopting a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy at first, but if you love motocross, you love a challenge, because nothing about the sport of motocross is easy. Besides, you should be motivated by the fact that every aspect of living a healthy lifestyle directly affects the way you feel on the bike. The more conditioned you are, the longer you can ride. The longer you can ride without fatigue, the faster you will go—even if just by the law of averages. The MXA wrecking crew believes that you can be factory-rider fit in six weeks. Note that we didn’t say factory-rider “fast” or factory-rider “rich.” We want to help you be a better motorcycle racer by taking care of the pistons and valves in your body and consuming the right fuel so you can reach your full potential.
FINDING MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH YOUR GOALS.
You have to be motivated to stick to a plan and follow through with your goals. Don’t be like the trendy New Year’s-resolution crowd. You know the ones. They pack the gyms on January 3rd of every year and are never seen again after February 3rd. Before we can help you, or you can help yourself, you have to commit to sticking with the program. Nothing worthwhile comes easily, and if you quit before the big changes start happening, you will never see results. Remember, no matter how hard you are working, it’s going to take six weeks to see or feel any significant changes in your body. Be patient. Don’t listen to the late-night-TV infomercials. Don’t buy miracle powders. Don’t fall for quick-weight- loss gimmicks. They are a waste of time, discouraging and possibly even toxic. Make a plan and start. Nothing leads to failure faster than a case of the “tomorrows.” Have you ever said, “I’m going to start training on Monday.” There is no better time than now! If you have trouble with planning, use the chart provided to keep you on track. We all have busy lives, and it’s hard to find the time necessary to commit to a routine, but where there is a will, there is a way.
THE MORE DAYS YOU CAN RIDE, THE BETTER. BUT, WE AREN’T TALKING ABOUT THREE LAPS AT THE LOCAL TRACK AND THEN BACK INTO THE PITS TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS HOW YOU JUMPED THE BIG DOUBLE.
Fortunately, racing motocross is training. This weekend’s race is training for next month’s race. Look at every ride as an opportunity to improve your fitness. The more days you can ride, the better. But, we aren’t talking about three laps at the local track and then back into the pits to tell your friends how you jumped the big double. Nope. You have to use riding, practicing and racing as part of your grand plan—the fun part. There are many different ways to train when riding. Each has a specific purpose and can be plugged into your weekly schedule. Here are some examples.
High-intensity/high heart rate. Don’t lollygag around your local track or riding area. Pick a specific amount of time (at least 10 minutes), and give it everything you’ve got. Sprint flat out! Don’t coast through the corners. Don’t look around to see if your friends are watching. Don’t waste time with useless no-footers or mediocre scrubs. Ride hard enough to increase your heart rate. As a general rule, don’t do two high-intensity days in a row. You will burn yourself out if you do too much too soon. Long-duration/medium heart rate. Pick a timed distance that is beyond what your local track normally requires you to do. Let’s say 30 minutes. Now, go out and ride. Don’t sprint, hammer or go anaerobic. Just ride at a fast pace and try to maintain it. No matter how much your speed falls off, don’t quit until you have gone the whole distance. The goal is to discover what your limit is, and then raise the bar with every ride. Light-intensity/low heart rate. If you can ride three days a week, you should fit one high-intensity day, one long-ride day and one short-ride day into your schedule. A better name for the light-intensity/low-heart- rate drill is play riding. Having fun is part of training. It is why we ride in the first place. You can climb hills, practice turn drills or work on your scrub—as long as you enjoy it. If you can only ride two times a week and one of them is Sunday’s race, rotate high-intensity, long- and short-ride days midweek, and use the races as your high-heart-rate sprint.
HOW TO BE FACTORY-RIDER
FIT IN SIX WEEKS