3 ways to improve your performance in BMX
Last weekend, I headed over to the local BMX club at Hayes Hawks to check out the local racing scene.
It's fair to say there's a real energetic vibe about the BMX community right now, and lots of talent emerging through the age-groups. Upon watching the racing, it dawned on me how much of a physical sport BMX is, with races lasting between 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration there's a huge demand on the anaerobic glycolysis system (the energy system our body's use when at sprint intensity). In the adult classes, it's difficult to differentiate what makes a better rider because there is such a disparity in overall technique, line choice and momentum, however in the youth classes where a lot of the technical ability is similar within an age category, physical strength is often the difference between 1st place, 2nd place and 6th place.
This is strictly on a fundamental level based on the fitness principles. (bikes, the components, skills and other fitness principles all contribute to being faster). For anyone that is thinking, 'How can strength be the difference between 1st place and 6th place? Surely it's all about the power right?' Well of course power is huge, but according to the following equation (power=strength x speed) it is not possible to develop it without strength. How to get more from your body on race day Step 1. Understand your nutritional needs for the energy systems used in BMX, both in preparation and recovery between heats & races to stay sharp.
Step 2. Get strong! On and off the bike, and the power & speed will come.
Step 3. Enjoy your riding.
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