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Anatomy of Speed - Are You Strong Enough?

Robb Beams

Anatomy of Speed Series

Over the next ten weeks, I am going to break down the key elements to obtaining top levels of speed without becoming fatigued: nutritional, hydration, strength & endurance

If you have read my last three articles, you how completed my 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge along with begun to create your personalized eating & hydration plans. In addition to removing your dependency on simple, processed sugars and starches, you have jump started a very important component of your racing fitness: your strength to weight ratios.

Importance of Determining your Strength to Weight Ratios

There is a mindset that lighter is better and this is not always true. I have worked with riders who thought they would have better endurance if they decreased their body weight by 10 pounds only to find that they had less endurance (not to mention speed) than when they were heavier. The reason for this is directly related to where the 10 pounds were lost: muscle or fat.

Step 1: 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge

The first step to improving your speed is to adjust your eating habits so that you have consistent energy, mental clarity and are efficient at burning fat as a primary fuel source during exercise. If you haven't completed the 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge, please click here to get started today! If you have completed the 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge, please move to Step #2 above.

Step 2: Create a Personalized Eating Plan

Now that you have removed your dependency on simple sugars, starches and processed food items, now it is time to add one new food item a week to determine if it passes your energy, mental clarity and performance test. If you haven't created your personalized eating plan, please click here. If you have completed Step #1 & Step #2, please move to Step #3 above.

How Fit Are You?

If you are new to the MotoE newsletter, prior to completing Step 3-Testing Your Strength & Endurance, I would encourage you to complete Steps 1 & 2 [see below]. For those of you that have completed Steps 1 & 2, you are in a position to now test your strength & endurance both on & off the track. After getting prior approval from your doctor, click here and open the Baseline Assessment (strength, row, bicycle) document. Print & review this seven day testing schedule; over the course of seven days, these protocols will test your muscular strength, lactate tolerance and endurance. In the next newsletter, I will help you interpret your testing results and identify where you should be putting your training efforts for maximum results. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly.

Coach Robb has been working with riders & racers for the last 25 years and is the founder of the Complete Racing Solutions Performance Program & Nutritionally Green Supplements based in Orlando Florida.

coachrobb.com is a premium resource center for motocross, supercross and GNCC riders of all abilities and ages. The website outlines the training solutions used with great success by Loretta Lynn’s & Mini O Champion Jordan Bailey, Factory Kawasaki/Pro-Circuit’s Adam Cianciarulo & Broc Tickle, Factory, Factory Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, Factory JGR/Yamaha’s Jon Jon Ames, Factory KTM Off Road Charlie Mullins & Yamaha’s Roman Brown. Instructional videos with Coach Robb can be found on the Coach Robb’s Youtube Channel addressing rider’s questions about speed, endurance, strength nutrition, biomechanics, and stretching and soft tissue maintenance. Please visit coachrobb.com to subscribe to his newsletter and learn more about various resources for riders. You can follow him on Twitter: @MotoCoachRobb and on Facebook: Coach Robb.

Coach Robb is a regular contributor to Vurbmoto.com, Racer XVT, FLMX & FTR Magazine and various websites. Robb can also be heard on the monthly radio show DMXS answering listener’s questions about nutrition & fitness.

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