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Old 06-13-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Fitness for track days

Fitness is a topic that comes up constantly when our group talks about track days. With the heat coming on strong it's becoming even more important to make sure your body can endure the strenous activity expected of it. For me personally, I find that the better my stamina and strength the more I'm able to concentrate out there on the track. No nagging thoughts of fatigue or pain to get in the way.

So take the time and share what you do to get your body ready for the track. Please include your general build in your information. I find that bigger guys need more focus on certain areas than smaller guys.

For me, stairs and jumping jacks. Lots of both. Good cardio and plenty of focus on building those leg muscles up for endurance. I do them to the point that I hate the people that invented them. I mix in pull ups, push ups, crunches, and various other core exercises, but stairs and jumping jacks help me the most on the bike. I'm 5'8", 155lbs.

So anyone else have a good routine or particular exercise that they feel helps them survive the day?
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since you and i did the race school Dwayne, i've picked up P90x. it puts a lot of emphasis on CORE body workouts. good stuff.

but since youre a little dude..you just need to EAT!
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since you and i did the race school Dwayne, i've picked up P90x. it puts a lot of emphasis on CORE body workouts. good stuff.

but since youre a little dude..you just need to EAT!
My fitness level for TDs is good. I know a few other guys I ride with have struggled a bit with it and thought this thread might garner some good tips.
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There was a pretty good article on March's (2011) Edition of Roadracing World titled "How much difference can off-season training make?". It was based on the pre-season training by elena Myers; at the end of the article, there were several recommendations for mortal people to do, you may want to check it out.

I like to go to the dirt bike track and put on some laps. That usually helps a lot.
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I do knee bends making sure my thighs are parallel to the floor. It's not necessary to use a barbell or dumbbells.
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Dose not seem like it would be fun anymore if you had to work out to do it. I would rather spend more time riding.
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I do knee bends making sure my thighs are parallel to the floor. It's not necessary to use a barbell or dumbbells.
by "knee bends" to you mean squats?
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by "knee bends" to you mean squats?
Squats usually means with weights, but yes, it's the same motion
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Do you set your walker off to the side or rest your forearms on it?
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Do you set your walker off to the side or rest your forearms on it?
If I ever get that weak, Iíll just borrow your post parade lap crutches
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Can your replacement hips even handle strenuous exercise like that? I figured deep knee bends would cause your arthritis to flare up.
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Can your replacement hips even handle strenuous exercise like that? I figured deep knee bends would cause your arthritis to flare up.
My skeletal muscular system is in excellent condition since it's never impacted the ground during parade laps
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