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What is the best type of cardio training for motocross?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

We’ve had a ton of people ask us “What is the best type of cardio training for motocross?

It all depends on:

  • how much time you have to perform your cardio training
  • whether or not you have any injuries
  • your preference of riding a bike, running, rowing or swimming etc.
  • whether recovery is important

We usually recommend cycling (on the road, on a mountain or on a stationary bike) because:

  • it’s low impact
  • cycling helps build your lower leg muscles more-so than other cardio options
  • it can be done almost anywhere provided you have access to a road bike or spin bike
  • your heart rate is very easy to monitor and control
  • when riding on the road or on the mountain, athletes often find it the most enjoyable

The low impact nature of cycling provides a great method of cardio for motocross athletes. As most of you know riding a track can beat up your body pretty good. A gnarly, rutted-up track truly puts our bodies to the test. Motocross is classified as a high impact sport. It’s a good idea to give our bodies a rest from the high impact and train with methods that are more low impact in form. This lets our bodies recover even when we’re still training!

Our lower body strength is EXTREMELY important in moto. Cycling helps build those muscles more-so than other forms of cardio training like running, rowing and swimming.

Although we recommend cycling, we still encourage athletes to switch it up and try other forms of cardio. Confusing your muscles is an important aspect of training that can help you break out of a training rut. Just like strength training it’s a good idea to keep your training interesting.

What’s your favorite form of cardio? Why? Let us know your thoughts.