The physical demands of motocross

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I have heard that MX is the second most physically demanding sport in the world behind soccer. Is this true. All my friends in school think that Mx is a wussy sport and all you have to do is twist the throttle and let the bike do the work. I feel that that is the farthest thing possible from the truth. I old them to go ride a 30 minute moto as hard as they can and see how tired they are, but they still say it would be easy. Please confirm this fact.
 
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i have heard that too, although i haven't raced yet i'll tell you this. I can ride trails for 4-5 hours strait with little 5 min breaks here and their. I went to the track last week for the first time and it seemed i was pulling off the track every could of laps for hand cramps or just to rest. I never would have thought it was so physically demanding and alot more than the trail. There is no sitting down, cruising or relaxing on the track. Its either go your fastest of get off the track. Its real easy to say something is easy when you have never tried it. Your friends probalby can't even ride a motor cycle let along race around a track for 40 min strait. All i know is that i am starting to train just so i can get more track time in before i have to pull off. Also i have never seen a fat or out of shape pro-motocrosser, and thier is a reason for that.

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Yeah...MX is rated the second most physcially demanding sports...the first is amercia football...

Tell your friends to try it out b4 making any comments....from what they said...shows that they know nuts about mx...
 
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Tell these hotshots to try it first.I`ve been riding/racing since I was 10.I`m 33 now.I`ve never been able to stop training without droping oof the pace.These guy`s would fold in 2 laps,if they made that(off the pace ofcourse!!).If they dont believe,get my E-mail from hear and give it to them.I`ll evan loan themm a bike n see if they can hang with an old man :)!!!If not,then I`ll put my son on`em!!
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I firmly believe wrestling (college & Olympic)is the more demanding than mx. I didn't start racing till last year. The fact that I did not get tired solely rests on the intense demands it requires. The combination of the strength and endurance required to be successful carried over to mx VERY efficiently! I'm not implying MX is an easy sport. I totally believe we need to be in top shape to be successfull and I have had seen success early by means of strength and endurance training at one time.

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Did you know that it takes about 350-400 skills to drive a car and about 3500-4000 to race motocross . .

Its not as easy as some think ..
 
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Rating sports like that is not possible. It's bull like all the stories in magazines that say this-and-this(replace with the sport the story is about) is the fastest growing sport in the world.

Motocross is nowhere near as demanding (from a pure strength/fitness point of view) as say the 1500m run (you're out of it after those 5 minutes) or say doing some squats. You are not pushing it all the time when you're riding, the straightaways and such are just rest if you have the technique and endurance.
 
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i don't know about you but when i was on the course my goal was not to rest it was to go as fast as i could even on the straits, if you rest on the straits then you will see someone passing you and that's not good. If you are pushing it all the time then you are not going fast enough. I think that a 1500M run and squats are very demanding also but since i have not done either for 40 min strait i cannot say if they are more demanding than motocross. But i would think that thier are scientific tests that could measure how demanding a sports is, they have all those electric gizmo's that attache to every part of the body and i don't see why they can't use it to see how demanding a sport is. I am guessing that is where they get all these stats from.

-Brent



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Brent, I believe that's how they came up with the stats. They must've used instruments and crap to figure out how much energy you burn up in a moto or something.
 
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I agree with wrestling being more physically demanding. A 6 min match might not seem like much, but by the end, your dead tired. By the way, there is no way american football could qualify as being one of the more physically demanding sports.

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One of The first rules of going fast is "DONT DOG IT ON EASY PARTS!!"If you do,you`re giving up easy ground.Don`t give the other guys a break,`couse that guy who you let pull up on you in the straight you where "relaxing " on will use his speed to rail the next courner and put you behind him.

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how in the world can they rate football harder than mx. i know mx is just as or harder than an enduro. i can go both ways for a whole football game but cant finish the short course on an enduro. explain that one. also i know wrestling would be harder cause its really easy to get tired wrestling with friends, and collegiate wrestling is harder and more intense.
 
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but would wresting rate in the same sport category as MX and soccer? MX and soccer are both cartiogovascular (sp) sports and wrestling is more like weight lifting. You could try and pick up a 500 pound weight and it would only take you 30 seconds and you would be dead tired. Same with sprinting and running, after a 100M sprint you are tired but does that make it harder than running a marathon? I think they are in different categories. Just a thought, i have no scientific backing on my theroies :)
Maybe someone could post the article on the MX being the second hardest sport and it would have where and how they got the test results?

-Brent



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Remember they were talking about top Professional riders, not casual or weekend warriors. They actually did a series of tests at a college using the top pros of each sport. Very scientific.

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I belive the most demanding sport is pulling Boing 747:s with your teeth. But that does not matter do it? When I was racing a lot I also got my share of this discussion. The only thing that realy mattered to me was that I was fit enough to race mx. Let the footballplayers mind their own business.
When I was in school there was a lot of sports going on such as triathlon and running. I was the only one riding mx and I was doing great in all of the running and triathlon competitions. The only ones that could compete with me was the experts in those perticular sports. I belive that it's hard to compete with an mx-racer when it comes to alround fittnes.