Axcess to a gym now what ?

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I signed up for the local gym and have axcess to all sorts of equipment. I have been wanting to get into shape for a long long time. Does anyone have tips on a work out routine for a high endurance and working out my lower arms to help my arm pump problem. I seem to get arm pump from high vibration and not being calm when racing. Any tips would be very thankfull.
 
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When I was going to the gym on a regular bases I would run 3 to 5 miles every other day and in the gym I would do these exercises.

Monday
1.warm up on lifecycle 15min every workout
2.seated dumbell curls (Helped me with armpump)
3.tricep presses
4.dips
5.abs (crunches every other day)
Tuesday
1.Shoulder presses
2.Lat pulls
3.Horizontal rows
4.chest presses
5.Butterflys
Wensday
1.Leg presses
2.Leg extensions
3.Leg curls
4.calf presses
Thursday
rest
Friday
rest
Saturday
ride till ya puke
Sunday
again ride till ya puke
Start all over again Monday.
Good luck and start out with small weights and only increase them by about 5 lbs when you feel ready.

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The gym is not that great of an idea for riding training. It can do good things, but it can also make arm pump and endurance suffer. I would suggest riding(alot), running and mountain biking with a little gym training. BTW, this is what Gary Semics says, mc's trainer.

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First time I've ever heard of Dumbell curls helping arm pump.
Gary S. has a nice forearm workout to help arm pump.
 
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Endurance = Cardio.

As for the arm pump ...the only thing that helps mine is more riding. :)

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I think that seat time and relaxing when riding have a lot to do with arm pump more than anything. The more you ride the more you are comfortable (I.E. relaxed) and the riding also builds up the endurance of the muscles that you use in you arms reducing arm pump.

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How do you guys figure that strenth training dosent help with enduronce and musle fatigue.Anytime you exercise and get your hart rate up you are improving endurence.I bet just about anything that RC is heavy into strenth training.Thats why he can get away with little mistakes he makes.

Dont get me wrong Im not saying go to the gym and pump up like Arnold,but,do go and strengh train and after about a month you will notice a difference and be able to ride longer and ride harder.Your arm pump is not completly eliminated but you will be able to sope with it and you wont pump as hard.

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April issue of MXA I believe or MXracer, they have gary semics specificaly comment on this issue. He said strength training is bad and endurance training(bike, running, treadmill) are ALOT better.

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Kawie,
I can respect the view Gary Semics takes but I cant believe he would feel that strengh training is not a valid training method.I know it helped me tremendously when I was training hard.Of course I am 33 and that may have something to to with it also.No strengh training seems to be Mcgraths problem.He just isnt strong enough to hang with RC right now.

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Strength helps, no doubt, but endurance is much better. You must train your muscles to endure long periods of hard usage, that is what arm pump is caused by. Lactic acid in the muscle from it tiring out so quickly. If you do strength training, endurance training would also be a tremendous help.

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I'm going to put in my vote for strength training also. It has helped me tons, now I can hold on to the bike for longer periods and not get tired.

You can train for endurance with weights, too. Just do lighter weights for 15-20 reps and about 4 sets.

You still have to do cardio though.

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Hey guys: everyone is partially correct. I have been training with weights using Gary Semics Endurance Weight Training workout for about 3 months now. It improved my motorcycle endurance in a big, big way. Now, I just wait for my buddies to get tired then roost on by.

Basically there are two different types of strengh training. One is using heavy weights/low reps and developing muscles for
power. Two is using light weights/high reps and developing muscles for endurance.

Weights combined with cardio and riding seems to be the current training program for most of the top pros. I can endorse Gary Semics program, it has elevated my riding to a new level. I race MX and occasional other types.

Oh yeah, diet is a very important part too. Trying putting some race fuel in your mouth. It makes a bigger difference than $7.00 a gallon gas for your bike.
 

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ive been lifting for 9 months just mail me at team-green32@acd.net

and ill set you up with what your looking for.
 

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Just my $.02

First off, my belief (& experience) is that one needs to have a certain strength level proportional to their body size before endurance training can offer any benefit. I have witnessed many people excell in various athletic activities very successfully that at first glance one would have not thought possible. IOW, a large person will inherently need to be stronger than a leaner person. Knowing that many (most?) that get into dirt bikes are not always the leanest, each has to assess their own situation and as has been said previously and decide what their goals are. (As I understand it, anything at 8-10 reps builds a good balance of strength and endurance with higher reps leaning more toward endurance.)

For my situation, the single, most beneficial exercise has been wrist curls with a full, 1 gallon water jug tied to a broom handle!!! This one exercise alone has helped my riding improve by at least 300%! It has helped not only by preventing arm pump but also tremendously increasing my grip endurance.

The only way to improve at any endeavor is to focus on your weak points and turn them into strengths.

Sorry, I think I went way over my $.02 limit ;)

Joe

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If anything, you'd want a low weight/high rep workout. Unless your a total weakling, you don't want to be adding all kinds of body mass. I've noticed that going low weight/high rep on arms/bi's/tri's helps out alot. I still go all out when it comes to back/shoulders/traps.

You want to train your arms muscles for a long ride/endurance, endless pounding. Not a one time shot, How much can I lift kinda thing.

low weight/high rep is the way to go if you want to last.

Oh yeah, Cardio helps to :) Even thought I hate it to death, it works.....