I'm itching to get out on my dirt bike, especially since I had the top end done and tuned up a bit by my motor guy a month ago. However, I must be patient. So, what can I work on while I patiently sit in the sun by the pool drinking some cocktails? Core strength.
When I started dirt biking, I mistakenly thought it was all about the upper body and quad strength. As I improve and spend more time training off the bike, I have realized core strength and stability is a huge part of riding and it takes a lot of work to strengthen your core and train for balance.
A lot of people think your core are your 'abs'. While partially correct, the abdominal muscles we see are just one piece of the puzzle. While properly trained abdominal muscles such as the muscles commonly referred to as the 'abs' will help to strengthen and support the low back, the deeper muscles need attention as well (rectus abdominis, internal oblique, transversus abdominis, external oblique, etc.). These stabilizer muscles help you balance and give you that strong twisting action. Those muscles also help you from slipping on ice in the winter or falling on your face if you trip on a crack in the sidewalk (unless you have had one too many tequilas while sitting by the pool).
Spending time developing your balance will greatly enhance your riding abilities, give you the balance to stop before a tricky log to eye up the situation without dabbing a foot down. For me, my core strength gives me the ability to lift my bike after crashing using my legs and core, not my back.
FitRiders will be able to help with all these areas. As an added bonus, you may find you develop a nice-looking midsection (nutrition information in future blogs). Check out our programs and if you have any questions, absolutely drop me a line I would love to hear from you.
Karl Tettmann, Co-Founder. Avid health and fitness coach who just loves to ride.