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Does anyone do conditioning specifically to keep in good shape for riding? If so, what exercises or lifting routines do you do?
 

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I try to. A lot of full body exercises, and emphasis on legs and core strength.

I do a lot of Squats, dead lifts...stuff like that. Stretching is good as well. Strong legs are really important though.
 

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squats, lot of stretching, and Bycycle whenever you can, all the time, its the best thing ever for riding
 

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I've been trying to get in better shape my road & mountian biking. I also hit the gym two to three times a week (mostly aerobic with a little weight training).
 

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started to workout my forearms, hoping to build some strength in my wrists as well. also started working out my neck; it would always be sore after trackdays.
 

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Tae Kwon Do, well haven't got my lazy arse there in over a week, but that's the best way to keep a body fit. Although I could use something for my neck lately, after a longer ride anyway.
 

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i like to work on my bis and tris so they're noticable when i ride around with my wife beater. no im kidding, i work out on most of my body but i hate running. i like to stretch, especially crack my back, before i get on my bike for long rides.
 

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I think deadlifts, squats, and leg presses are good sport specific weight training exercises for motorcycling. Remember we grip the bike with our legs and stay with light hold on the bars.

I beleive that Resistance exercises (eg weightlifting) in general has proven helpful in all the times I've crashed. I was lucky to not have broken any bones or sprained any ligaments and come away with only mild soreness and contribute that partly to weight training. I beleive this because I've seen my friends who don't train at all go down in minor crashes and seen them experience more pain and injury afterwards.

Road Biycycling is a great exercise too. Eric Bostrom, Mat Mladin, Miguel Duhamel are all bicyclists. At Laguna Seca I watched E Boz warm up for his race on his stationary bicycle set-up in his pits in full road bike gear. I'd say that it would be the best thing to keep you in condition for riding.

I need to do more of that kind of training because I find that after several laps around the track at a fast pace or riding through some fast twisty canyon roads, I find my legs are burning and I'm breathing hard. The bicycle will condition your thighs and improve your cardio.
 

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In addition to the recommended bicyling, I also roack climb. As do the Bostrom brothers. Great for full body workout and really strengthens your grip/forearms, which help to avoid arm pump after long sessions. These day's most of my climbing is at an indoor gym, which allows me to do a bunch of route quickly and get a good workout.
 

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Road bike, hands down the best training you can do for roadracing / riding. DuHammel does a crazy regimen... they had a story about it a while back in RRW.
 

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Legs.... biking, running, whatever. Stomach and back too... Once those get tired you put too much pressure on your hands/wrists.

I think I read somewhere that wayne rainey used to do 500 situps a day...
 

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I surf about 2-3 times a week (2 hour sessions). Go to the dojo for Jujitsu on tues and thurs for 2.5 hours. And then try to do +100 situps, pushups, and +150 neck strenghthing exercises every other day.

I wont run, as I dont want to destroy my knees. So I only really work my legs by walking (briskly) 2 miles every day on my lunch break. This contains me going up and down a **** load of stairs since I work next to the beach, and the beach has huge bluffs (redondo)

I dont really do all this to help my riding, but my neck, wrists, and stomach are not phased even after 300 miles of canyons.

I think its great to see so many physicaly active people on this forum!
 

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Lefty said:
My physical conditioning consists of mountain dew and cheetos.
that sounda bout right for me too...all these meatheads are the only ones replying haha jk. only thing is tho, the mountain dew would be replaced with miller lite/ jaegerbombs / yuengling
 

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I just figure people watch more porn; lol
 

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tiltedworld said:
In addition to the recommended bicyling, I also roack climb. As do the Bostrom brothers. Great for full body workout and really strengthens your grip/forearms, which help to avoid arm pump after long sessions. These day's most of my climbing is at an indoor gym, which allows me to do a bunch of route quickly and get a good workout.
I generally hate plastic climbing. I live 25 minutes from the best bouldering in NC (20 minutes on my new RR), but this time of year I wish that Asheville had a decent climbing gym.
Climbing is a fantastic workout! Core strength, forearm strength, relative mass control, it's all good!
 
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