Modern Moto Magazine ISSUE No. 6 - January 2018 - Page 6

Fit for the Ride January is the me for New Year’s resolu ons, and probably 99 percent of us are resolving to hit the gym or yoga studio more in 2018 or adopt other healthy lifestyle behaviors. Our mo vators are likely as varied as the types of exercise we do – from overall health and losing weight to training for an event to fi ng into our favorite pair of jeans (or riding pants). But did you know that a fi t lifestyle and well-rounded workout rou nes can also improve our performance as riders and allow us to enjoy more years of riding? The components of a well-rounded workout include strength, mobility and endurance training, and they work together with nutri on to prepare your body for the ride. They aid in maneuvering, balancing and righ ng the bike, reducing fa gue, increase our ability to withstand longer or mul ple day rides (and recuperate a erward), prevent injury and promote quicker healing a er an injury. Let’s look at strength. Our primary source of strength is our core, which is great for li ing boxes and moving furniture, but core strength increases our balance as motorcyclists and helps riders stay propped up by taking the weight from our wrists when riding and braking, allowing us to stay light on the controls. Core strength aids in cornering, dirt and off -road riding and increases our ability to endure longer rides. Look beyond sit-ups and crunches to strengthen this area, and don’t neglect your lower back. Exercises like plank, Russian twists, Superman and dead bug work the en re core and benefi t other muscle groups as well! 6 Leg and gluteal (rear end) strength is also vital for increased motorcycling profi ciency. Our legs are our connec on to the ground and the pegs, which helps when stopped at lights (especially if you’re on ptoes at stops). Leg strength is also important in body posi oning and controlling the motorcycle, whether you are a sport rider weigh ng the pegs and hanging off the bike in corners or a dirt rider standing up on the pegs to balance the bike on uneven surfaces. Leg strength is vital for righ ng a bike a er a fall (it’s not if, it’s when – right?) Squats, lunges and calf raises are just some of the many strength-training exercises that work the leg muscles required for body posi oning and stabilizing. Arm and upper back strength is benefi cial for moving the bike around the garage for maintenance or loading and unloading from a trailer or truck. It also helps us to control the bars without exhaus ng ourselves and with low speed or technical maneuvers where a lot of clutch and brake work is necessary (rush hour traffi c in LA, anyone?) Strong arms also allow us to load and unload luggage onto the bike more easily for long trips and carry our luggage over to the campsite or up to the hotel room. Consider forearm fl exes and extensions for increased clutch and brake handling and Supermans, rows, bicep curls and tricep extensions for upper body strength. Our neck is another set of muscles that are key to profi cient riding. They are o en overlooked and therefore neglected but allow us to support the weight of our helmets. Increased strength and range of mo on