Motocross racing is one of the most physically demanding sports. Enthusiasts of “more physical” sports such as football and cycling will disagree, but the experts have a different point of vie
of a power lifter, endurance of a Tour De France cyclist…in other sports you don’t have to have all those ingredients so proportioned.”w. Dr. Jeff Spencer has extensively studied the fitness of motocross riders and notes that in motocross, “you have to have the flexibility of a gymnast, strength
If your teen has a burning itch to race a dirt bike, he or she will have to be in top physical and mental shape. You may just end up with a more mature, stronger teenager in the process.
Strengthens the “motocross muscles”
Dirt biking is good for the arm muscles for obvious reasons. The sport requires lifting strength, as racers often have to pull up on their bars. Those aren’t the only muscles racers use, however. The quads (thighs), hamstrings, calves, and just about every other lower body muscle group gets a workout also.
Motocross racing also requires coordinated whole body strength. Dirt bikes are lighter and less dangerous than similar motorcycles and ATVs, but they still weigh enough to give the body a workout, and the sport requires plenty of maneuvering.
Dirt biking improves muscle endurance
If your son or daughter wants to gain endurance, motocross racing is an excellent sport. Riders must develop muscle endurance to last through a 20 minute race on the track. And, unlike running laps in football or doing other exercises, dirt bike enthusiasts actually love every minute of their practice!
Dirt biking builds joint strength and good flexibility, a must to stay healthy. Racing also places huge demands on the cardiovascular system, with riders reaching sustained heart rates of up to 190 beats per minute during intense events. Only Tour de France racers have higher cardio demands.
Dirt biking also lets teens take risks in a controlled environment, one free of drugs, gangs, sex, alcohol, and other common hazards that pop up on the trail to adulthood. Their high comes from railing a berm or sailing over a table-top. Furthermore, teens can express their individualism through an alternative sport. They can develop confidence away from school and build an identity customized with fancy graphics kits, custom exhausts and snazzy motocross gear.
There are plenty of ways that motocross racing adds to a teens self-esteem. Racing trains mental toughness and concentration more than many other sports. There is a strong camaraderie among motocross racers and this equates to a feeling not just of belonging, but of belonging in an exciting activity where few dare venture.
social worker, writer, motocross mom