Muscle Confusion

If you have been following most of the articles, then you know I have given you ideas for workouts and methods to improve your moto fitness.  Even if you haven’t tried my suggestions and you are taking on your own training, there is one key ingredient that should be thrown into the mix.  Confusion.  You might have heard this on the P90X infomercials, as this not only applies to muscles, but your whole body in general.

If you have been doing the same program for months on end, odds are you are not getting any further in your training.  The body is incredibly adaptive and will figure out your training regiment quicker than you think.  Some have said you need to switch things up every 2 weeks and others say 6 to 8 weeks.  I recently have been switching up my routine every 4 weeks.  I incorporate different body parts on different days and switch up my cardio as well.  Listening to your body will help you determine when you need to change your routine; not everyone is the same.

For example, if you have been doing heavy cardio on a stationary bike (doing intervals of 1 minute high, 1 minute low intensity) on Mondays and shoulders and back on Tuesdays every week for a couple of months, your body will get used to this.  When you get bored and your body figures out what you are doing, you plateau.  Simple changes are sometime the easiest way to get away from the mundane and avoiding a plateau.  If you are strength training, you can switch up the number of exercises, the number of reps, and your time between sets.  For cardio, try maybe a different set of intervals, go for an even pace, or try jogging if you have been on a stationary bike.

Bigger changes may be needed if these don’t work; such as switching days of riding, cardio/ strength days, and even intensity.  Making sure your body never gets stagnant is something that can not only help you try more efficiently, but you can also become a more rounded athlete.  Motocross is not something you can train for with a handful of exercises.  You need to use every available resource possible, so you can be prepared for anything on the track.  When you switch things up in your training, you can react quicker to changes on the track.


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Posted on Dec 01 2009, under Training | No Comments »

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