Cross Fit “fit” for Motocross?

Over the past year and half, I have been writing and researching ways to train for motocross.  I have come across various forms of training and techniques that can help anyone become a stronger, better rider.  However, one concept has really been the center of controversy for some time now.  In this spot light, Cross Fit has been regarded by some as the greatest thing under the sun for preparing for motocross; others call it dangerous, as they say it puts you at a greater risk for injury.

First of all, you might be thinking “what the hell is Cross Fit?”  Cross Fit is a type of training that incorporates functional, compound movements and strings these exercises into a high intensity, pseudo – circuit training workout.  There are plenty of explosive movements and your heart rate is constantly elevated.  Each day there is a new workout, coincidentally, called the “Workout of the Day” and it is never the same.

Since the workouts always keep you guessing, you sometimes go from your traditional number of sets and reps with rest in between to timed workouts.  This is where some people have a bone to pick with Cross Fit.  Many of the movements used are Olympic style exercises like the Snatch and Power Clean.  If you don’t have these techniques down, you will hurt yourself, plain and simple.  Yet, Cross Fit tries to get through these exercises quickly. The same goes for Power lifting movements such as dead lifts, squats and bench press.

When I hear people say that this is method of training is dangerous, I say you have to look at the situation.  You would not put a C rider on the line at Anaheim I would you?  Of course you wouldn’t.  They don’t have the experience or skill level to try to be competitive.  The same goes for Cross Fit; if you don’t have the correct technique for the movements, then don’t do it yet.  It is a matter of each individual’s level of fitness.  I love the idea of doing functional exercises at a high intensity because that really simulates riding.

However, even if you are doing Cross Fit, I would not recommend it as your sole means of preparation for racing.  Because it is so intense, I would wait until you are getting close to race season where you are about to peak in your fitness.  Trying to maintain enough energy for the weekend races and doing Cross Fit 3 days a week would be over kill.  As far as my opinion, if you have the knowledge and techniques down, go for it.  If you don’t, save yourself the pain and wait.

If you like Cross Fit or even if you hate it, let us know and leave a comment!

Posted on Dec 08 2010, under Training | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Cross Fit “fit” for Motocross?”

  1. I have just started doing cross fit about 1 month ago and I gotta say that I do believe in the effectiveness of this kind of training. However, I do agree with you that it should not be your only source of exercise off the bike. Cross fit builds your strength and does incorporate a lot of explosive type movements which are vital in the sport of MX. Even though I have only been doing cross fit for 1 month I had to slow it down because I found my self riding too tight. this is probably because I workout 5 days a week but what I have found that works for me is doing cross fit 2-3 days a week and on the other 2 days I stretch for at least 1 hour or I jog or cycle for an hour just to keep my muscles and body loose. Each person is different though. Cross fit does require proper technique or else you WILL get injured. Well those are my 2 cents

  2. Luke i totally agree with you. You have great set up from the sounds of it. How long did you do CrossFit before you started feeling tight? I wondering what you were doing when you were feeling that.

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