Updated: Sep 9
Let’s face some facts.
1. Most, if not all of us reading this are not going to become AMA Motocross/Supercross Professionals. (Some of us may have been at one time or another)
2. We ride to have fun, release some stress, get some exercise and compete a little bit.
Now, with those statements of fact out of the way, let’s build our foundation. That foundation being simple. The better shape you are in, the stronger you are, the healthier you are, the better you can ride. When you ride better, you are safer, you're faster and you are going to have more fun.
Now how do we get there? We build slowly from the ground up with nutrition, strength and metabolic conditioning, along with some gymnastics thrown in the mix.
I got into Motocross late in life. I was 32 when I got my first bike and I was hooked. About 7 years later Fish from MMX got me turned onto CrossFit and I have not looked back. After doing CrossFit for about a year, I got my L1 certification and began coaching. My speed on the track increased dramatically. I left Moto for a while, but nearly 10 years later, I have continued to coach at a local CrossFit gym, I have obtained my L2 certification along with some other ancillary certifications along the way. I want to share what I know with the Norcalmotocross community.
I have worked with athletes competing to go to the CrossFit Games, athletes at the collegiate level as well as athletes looking to excel going into our Armed Forces Special Force programs. My passion, however, is working with the Weekend Warrior. Those men and women that do something besides CrossFit, whether it be Mountain Bike racing, Adventure races, or BMX.
At its core, CrossFit is a GPP Program. General Physical Preparedness. Although it has turned into a sport of its own, that’s not what we are going to be talking about over the next few weeks. We want to improve our GPP, our Work Capacity. That is what is going to make us better Motocross Racers or Riders. Work Capacity is measured as Force multiplied by distance/time. How hard you can go across a distance and how fast can you do it. This translates so well to Motocross racing. How hard can you charge, how long can you do it and can you do it faster than the person next to you.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to give you a baseline to help improve your nutrition and your overall strength. We will discuss improving your mobility and flexibility. We will give you some tools to improve your metabolic conditioning. All with the goal of making you a better rider.