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Fitness - getting fit and strong

Hi all,

I want to point my Personal Trainer in the direction of some specific motorcycle fitness techniques and exercises - she's come back with a load of stuff for sport and racing - which all make sense - but I wondered if anyone knew of any specific enduro training?

There was a gentleman at Ripley last year talking about this very subject - he was absolutely fantastic and I'm sure he had written a book... but do you think I can recall his name?

Any help and advice much appreciated.

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I've found Coach (I couldn't remember is actual name!)

Welcome to RideCoach.com

Ramey "Coach" Stroud

Any other fitness thoughts / websites still very much appreciated.
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thanks Matt, good idea. I told my gym instructor the weight of my bike, and he just looked me up and down and laughed. Came close to kicking him in the nuts.

What he doesn't realise is the adrenaline/embarrassment factor.

More seriously, he is gving me exercises that will help me lift the bike. Perhaps the key is not to drop it in the first place :-)
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this is a really cheesy book, but regarded as the weight training bible, broken down into separate sports and muscle groups, nothing about enduro, but nonetheless

Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Sports: Amazon.co.uk: Bill Pearl: 9780936070384: Books
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dunno about taking advice from a man who looks like this though?!

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Fern, Just show him the demo vid of Tiffany picking up her bikes and that will shut him up.
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Can't believe your trainer laughed at you! That would have been the end for me!

In terms of weight loss - I'm pretty happy - I've lost 35kg to date and have about the same to go again. It's the fitness I"m concerned about and in particular what muscles groups I need to look at for sensible development and strength when you're sat on the bike for long periods...

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Hi Matthew

Good for you for loosing 35kg. I also have to lose 35kg, and started last week(Lost 12.5lb in the first week), anyway I also want to get fit for some long off road jaunts that I'm doing this year, so I intend to get specifically fit for my bike riding i.e. a lot of standing on the pegs, very rough tracks/uphill. I also don't want to get too technical and fanny about with facts and figures.

My exercise regime comprises of maximum weight loss, combined with endurance/stamina training(Cardovascular) and also weight training specific large muscles, which also not only helps increase weight loss after the gym session has finished, but also makes my thighs/chest/shoulders/arms stronger. I do my session for no longer than an hour, on Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, with a rest day on Weds, then at the weekend either 4 - 5 hours greenlaning or a double session of Badminton!

Obviously all combined with a healthy balanced diet with zero alcohol

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Blimey Matt, you've lost 35kg! That's getting on for 7 stone. No one'll recognise you now - you'll have to hang a sign around your neck with your name on it at the next rally. If you're serious about losing another 35 there won't be much of you left!

I won't ask what the starting point was!
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The perfect training (for me) is to drive enduro.

It's fun, it's hard and beside training every muscle in your body it makes you ready for the looong days. The training you get by picking up the bike is an extra bonus!
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Matt, I'm expecting lots of videos of you 'cooking" salad now!

Boo hoo, a fellow pie eater lost to rabbit food...

Good luck though.
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@Harty - good on you. That training sounds perfect.

@backofbeyond - thank you - I've stalled now and been the same weight for a year - but I'm back on the wagon and I will be 89kg before the end of this year. (so not quite 35kg to go from here, more like 31.

@AliBaba - I wish I could do that 4 or more times a week but it's just not practical.

I had a session with the PT today who went away yesterday to do some research. The new plan she has drawn up for me involves a 1500 calorie day with 4 training sessions per week with her and 1 self-run (which is a competitive quash match every week). The sessions will alternate between 'enduo' cardio training (3x 9 sets of 1 min activities, crunches, squats, jumps, burpies and so on) and strength training targeting the muscle groups identified as being important on the bike (inner thighs, forearms, chest, core etc).

She nearly bloody killed me today with the enduro training - 'strength' training tomorrow. I have six months of this to come.... why oh why!?
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If anyone needs any help, I'd be more than happy to offer my services, as either a 'question and answer' type deal in this thread or, if you're really serious about getting a professional opinion, I've done personalized diets and fitness regimes for a few years now and could give most people a successful plan. That differs for each persons end goals, their body type and it'd fit around their schedule. If that's what you're looking for, I'd be more than happy to help out.

I've spent most of my life studying how to effectively train, as I boxed from a young age, and I studied the subject, got qualifications and have worked as a personal trainer part time in the past. If the pay was better, it'd be full time!

If anyone is interested, either ask me a question in this thread or for a better solution, PM me.
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@flyingdoctor - no you've not lost me! No videos of me making salad! NEVER! I'm just trying to get a bit fitter - perhaps some videos of exercises? I could ask @Smokin to help?
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I've just started exercising to get back into shape for long-distance riding - and picking up the GS Adventure when it falls over. Right now, I can only pick it back up about three times in a row when it is fully loaded, panniers and all. And since I'm only 5'6, it is a beast to me.

So I started riding RPM bikes, with a coach to get the legs going, and am currently beginning to use the weight machines. Bikes twice a week, machines three times a week.

Don't know if it will help, but it surely cannot hurt.
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