Mail time!! Volume 8. Auto Racing Workout Magazine talks Racing Fitness for a female racer.
Racers and Race Fans,
We're digging into the mail bag again today and working with a female racer who is looking to fire up the internal engine after a long time not working out. The question I get often is: What is the difference in approach between training a female v. a male racer? As far as approach, Racers Workout creates wins for men and women. Women usually have less raw strength and use lighter weights within the exercises. However, this is of no particular disadvantage. A female racer can create new results in her racing and gain strength through preparation.
As far as training women from the trainer's perspective. Women are better listeners and are far less likely to free lance outside of the prescribed training regimen. (On one hand I don't mind people trying to create tailored workouts, but the problem is this is often done at the expense of results.) Overall, the ladies are ideal Racers Workout students.
Let's get to the mail bag courtesy of the famous Fed Ex fast talker:
My name is Amy and I race a 270 Micro-Sprint on a 1/3 mile. In the past I have sprained my wrists and when the track gets rough, my wrists will hurt due to the lack of muscle strength and not having a consistent routine. At times I will complete one of the P90X workouts but with graduate school, work and racing, I have neglected working out. What type of workout do you suggest? I want to become more fit and start running. I haven't gone running in months and what is a good distance to start with?
I appreciate your question and good for you looking into developing your self through race-specific fitness. You are basically starting out from scratch. Racers Workout is a fine option for the beginner and the Racer who has a training regimen currently. The best thing about it is you will have me right there any time to answer your questions and tailor a workout for your specific situation. In your case, you are working with limited time because of a packed schedule. Also we'll strengthen the specific areas of concern better than a general non-racing related workout like P-90x will.
Running is a great place to start any regimen. I have said before that I believe interval running to be the most important racing related exercise a Racer can do. (a description of interval running along with a suggested schedule is in the link). In a nutshell, you want to vary the types of running you do on a daily basis. One day you will do a distance jog. One day you will do a shorter distance, faster pace. One day you will do a jog, speed up, slog down. Another day you'll do sprints. The idea is to build endurance by using the lungs and muscles in new ways each time out. This builds leg strength, stamina, and endurance faster than just jogging for distances. It also prevents boredom. The other thing is to write everything down: how far did you go? how fast did you do it? 'very important because it is these incremental improvements that add up to huge improvements over time.
Hey and since were talking Wendys, they had one out about the same time talking about how the other hamburger places made cookie cutter boring hamburgers. Check it out. Total classic.
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