Strength Training for Motorcycle and ATV Racers

Strength Training for Motorcycle and ATV Racers

By Coach Marc Spataro

What do you believe it takes to ride a motorcycle or ATV at a competitive level for an extended period of time out on the track?  Riding experience, abilities, guts, a bit of insanity?  Yes all of those are needed, but much more importantly STRENGTH!   The laws of physics are against us here.  Our machines can weigh from 250 to 400 pounds and our protective equipment approximately yet another 30, now throw in gravity and inertia and we have developed a force on the body that absolutely demands strength. Every competitive athlete in the world strength trains including golfers……GOLFERS!.  Yet so numerous racers believe that strength training is going to have a negative impact on their riding and racing abilities.  Nothing could be further from the truth and I am going to explain why and be the STRENGTH TRAINING MYTHBUSTER!

First myth about strength training is that racers believe they are going to get to massive or to muscular.  Everybody equates strength or weight training to searching like a body builder.  Coming from a body building background let me make certain to you that it takes a lot of food, supplements, a body building style-training program, and drugs to get a physique like that.  If your program design is to make you stronger and far more functional out on the track you do not have to worry about becoming too huge or too muscular, just stronger.  Being stronger allows you to maneuver the quad far better, push harder under times of pressure, and if you crash or get stuck it can help you get your ATV back in motion.

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Carpal Tunnel Master Review

Can you remember a time, years ago, when the only time you even noticed any sensation in your hands was when you hurt a finger or they got really cold?Click Here To Grab Your Copy

That’s the way your hands must be.

Think about how your hands are now. Maybe your problem comes and goes, OR maybe you have it most of the time. Whichever.

Now imagine how they will be two years from now, five years from now, ten years from now.

What would occur if you couldn’t use your hands for anything?

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Motorcycle Gear for Staying Safe

The clothing we choose to wear during riding is the only thing between our skin and the road and it is incredibly important.

A study completed in Munich in 1986 found that motorcyclists wearing protective gear (heavy jacket, gloves, boots etc.) could expect a reduction in injuries of 30% or far more. (“Modern Armor”, Motorvike.com)

 

So what do you require?

 

Jacket

The head, arms, and legs are the most frequently injured in a crash. (Motorcycle Safety Brochure from the NHTSA)   Learn how to keep your head safe by reading our section about helmets.  To protect your arms, you need a good motorcycle jacket.

A good jacket will be made of nylon, leather, or Kevlar and be well constructed.  Check out the seams at any of your sharp points (elbows, shoulders, etc).  The stitching need to be strong and enforced at these points.  Also, a good jacket will include heavy padding on the elbow, spine (yes, that’s quite important!) and the shoulders.  Additionally, if the jacket is nylon or Kevlar, it should consist of reflective stripes.  Whether it indicates going to a store or ordering a couple of different jackets to try, the first time you acquire a jacket, you need to try it on and make positive it fits.  An ill-fitting jacket may well result in injury if the protective parts of the jacket shift during a fall or accident.  But it can’t be too tight, make sure you have room for a sweatshirt or vest on cold days.

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