Economics 101

Times are tough.  It has been like this for quite a while.  And I have always thought that things were starting to look up…at least that’s what the “news” has been telling us.  Now, this is not a political site at all and I don’t want it to be, but some bad news yesterday hit me pretty hard.  As anyone knows, if you own a dirt bike and ride/race consistently, that bike is like your child.  I got a call yesterday telling me that I had to sell my bike (AKA my baby).  This basically is like putting your child up for adoption.  That’s the only thing I can compare it to!

So I thought that since this isn’t a site about the economy, I thought I would give you some tips on training without having to pay for a gym membership or if you don’t have equipment.

  1. Cardio – If you don’t have a $5,000 bicycle to ride on the road, don’t sweat.  There are plenty of options to get your cardio in.  If your state isn’t covered by a foot of snow, you can obviously go running.  It might be a little cold, but you’ll be glad you went and you can get a buddy to push yourself and each other.  Another option is to go to Sports Authority or a similar store and purchase a jump rope.  Boxers use these trim down and get a Michael Phelps level of cardio.  They are cheap and can be used almost anywhere, anytime.
  2. Strength Training – I know that I said you should be concentrating on interval sessions now, but you can use body weight exercises as cardio and strength training….circuit training anyone?  Push ups, squats, lunges, crunches and pull ups.  Yes pull ups.  You can get that “Iron Gym” pull up devise that fits in your doorway.  It works great.  String all of these together with no rest between exercises and you will be sweating like crazy.
  3. I know this really doesn’t have anything to do with training, but supporting the motocross community is really important.  If you can only afford to go to the track every other weekend, you are still contributing.  However, if you are in the market for some parts or need some work done, try the local guys first.  The bigger name companies are doing better than the small “mom and pop” shops.  By contributing to the sport, we will have something to train for!

That’s it in a nutshell.  You don’t have to have fancy equipment right now to be in shape.  If you get your cardio in and do plenty of body weight exercises, you are much better off than complaining about the economy!


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Posted on Feb 25 2010, under Riding Techniques, Training | No Comments »

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