Auto Racers Workout Magazine On The Importance of Stretching in Racers Workout
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The concept behind the Racers Trainer "Racers Workout" was simple: Make sure that the professional motorcycle driver and professional race car driver had a clear easy to follow and efffective workout that is used by the biggest names in the business. In my experience of designing regimens for NASCAR champion driver Kasey Kahne and the drivers of his Kasey Kahne Racing Team, the easy temptation is to forget the basic unique demands of the sport. For instance, the act of sitting in the cramped driving position in extreme heat for hours must be mastered physically. To that end, I want my guys to be flexible above even strong and well-conditioned. In fact, you really can't effectively have totally conditioned, without being flexible.
Looking at the fundamentals of the driving act, a driver must first be able to spend the time comfortably. It can't enter into the driver's mind that he is in discomfort because that means the driver isn't focused on the only thing that matters: racing well. If the body isn't nimble to enjoy the ride, you will be fighting yourself the entire trip. If no. 9 Kasey Khane or my guy Joey Saldana is thinking about his pain level or discomfort even a little, then they doesn't have peak concentration. If there isn't peak concentration, victory is absolutely out of the question against elite competition. Worse, an unfocused driver is a danger to himself.
Flexibility registers just as important for the rest of us in our daily lives. The same rule applies. Be flexible first, everything else is secondary. The reason is that when you are limber, you are more relaxed. When you are more relaxed, you are more in the moment. When you are in the moment, you are more effective. Remember, the Racer's Workout is as much about mental focus and peace as it is raw strength. In fact probably more so.
To get maximum effect in the shortest possible time, I prefer a short ballistic stretching routine for my racers and I recommend the same for you. Ballistic stretching is stretching with movement, rather than static which is the more traditional hold pose type stretching. Ballistic is the better one to start with because it increases blood flow. So first thing in the morning stand up and turn off the head and just do. Roll your arms in a circle with them extended straight out, then stretch the trunk by rotating side to side, then cross your legs while standing and breath in and out while you reach for the sky up and down quickly, stretching your side. I don't want you to spend a lot of time on it. You are trying to get the blood flowing first and foremost. I prefer you not hold any poses initially. Ballistic rather than static.
This sets the stage for either a workout or your day. The biggest thing is that it clears your head and refocuses you almost immediately. My Russ Bohaty magic fire starter. Like I say, without the fire, we'll never move the car to victory.
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