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By Dave Simon 19 Aug, 2016

Motocross fitness requires the right foods and beverages to ensure optimal strength while on the tracks. Whether on off-road paths, dirt bike trails, or even hills and mountains – you need your energy to enjoy dirt biking and reap all its benefits. According to KTM riders and pros, never miss breakfast on the day of a big ride or race. In fact, eating scrambled eggs and wheat toast is the perfect way to start the day off right. You can also have milk, fruit, and carbohydrates that will keep you energized and focused all day long.

Protein Shakes and Supplements

Protein is a great way to convert fat into lean and healthy muscle. It also helps you lose weight, while replenishing vital energy levels after extensive workouts or fitness regimens. With this in mind, try eating bananas or handful nuts an hour before your big ride. This will also ensure enough energy to compete or grueling courses without losing stamina across the trails. In fact, any type of fruit or protein bar is recommended for dirt biking, mountain cycling and other popular activities.

Stay Hydrated

KTM fitness experts always emphasize the importance of keeping the body well-hydrated. This means consuming fluids all day during mountain biking and off-road racing. It is recommended to drink water, along with sports drinks that have essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. This will keep the body cool during those scorching summer days, and maintains proper balance and agility for riders of all levels.

Avoid Excess Sodium and Fat

Like a jockey on a horse, it is best to eat healthy if you love KTM riding and performance racing. It can be very difficult to enjoy these sports if you consume fatty foods on a daily basis. While we all need some fat in our diet to accentuate the protein, try and avoid carbonated beverages and salty snacks. While the latter may provide a temporary burst of energy, it can truly slow you down and make you feel sluggish as the day progresses. Similarly, try and avoid bagels and waffles for the same reason as well. If eating carbohydrates – which is recommended for grueling racing sessions – cereal, crackers, and lighter foods should be consumed.

As your KTM fitness and riding professionals, we want all our riders to make the most out of their activities. We are genuinely concerned about all of you, and recommend nutritious meals and snacks before off-road, dirt bike, or mountain cycling sessions.

By Dave Simon 14 Aug, 2016
You have decided that you want to learn how to ride on your KTM dirt bike – congratulations! That is an excellent decision because not only will you have tons of fun, you will meet fellow KTM enthusiasts that you can ride with. Although it may look easy, it takes some skill to do single track bike riding. One wrong move and you could fall, injure yourself and even ruin your bike. To help you along here are some tips.

•    Your body position is very important if you want to become a successful rider. In fact, experienced riders will tell you that it is the hardest thing to learn as a beginner. Keep in mind that your time on your new dirt bike will be spent in two positions – you will be sitting but most of the time you will be standing. When you are standing do not lean back – instead, make sure that your head is slightly over the handlebars with the rest of your body slightly crouched. If you want to have better control of your bike grip the gas tank with your thighs whether you are sitting or standing.

•    There is no need to use the clutch on your bike when you want to downshift. This only slows you down. All you need to do is use the brakes – don’t worry so much about brake pads wearing out. Once you have hit the brakes you can figure out how to turn.

•    You will be using your feet as landing gear so prepare yourself. It is exactly the way that you have seen it in videos and on TV – when dirt bike riders want to slow down they hit the brakes and then use their feet to slow down momentum. True, it can result in busted knees but if you learn how to do it properly and have the right gear you should not have a problem.

Lastly, like with everything else you have to practice, practice, practice if you want to be any good at riding your KTM dirt bike. Find a field near you where there are other enthusiasts who can show you the ropes and then spend a few hours a day with them. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t seem to be going so well at first – so long as you are persistent you will eventually master bike riding.
By Dave Simon 09 Aug, 2016

Dirt bike fitness is truly essential in reaping the benefits of this popular and growing sport. Like other sports, riders must remain physically fit in order to control their bikes. In addition to physical strength, mental conditioning is also needed to ensure fast thinking actions while riding. No truer is this then when it comes to avoiding obstacles and hurdles on paths, winding trails, mountains, and hills. According to KTM enthusiasts and aficionados, the following sports are highly recommended for dirt bike and off road riders.

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Cardiovascular conditioning is essential in improving respiratory performance. This includes walking on treadmills, along with elliptical climbers and bikes. By enhancing your cardio, it will truly pay off when off-road riding on rugged paths and terrain. In fact, many KTM riders participate in daily and weekly cardio training at local gyms and fitness centers. Along with walking, light jogging and running can also help improve your performance, while strengthening and toning leg muscles – which truly help in controlling motor and dirt bikes.

Circuit Training

When it comes to KTM fitness, circuit training is a must. This includes free weights, along with circuit weight training – which helps convert fat into lean, healthy and attractive muscle. Circuit training is a great way to build muscle that is needed during off-riding, dirt bike riding, and especially uphill mountain biking. By building your muscles, you can use the additional strength to control your bikes and all its components and features.

Swimming and Nautical Exercises

Believe it not, swimming and nautical activities can truly enhance your off-road adventures. In fact, swimming helps increase agility, balance, and stability, while improving cardio and building muscle across the body. There are many KTM riders that swim on a weekly basis for exercise and conditioning purposes. You can also lift weights in the water, which truly enhances your endurance and helps sync the mind and body for maximum connection.

Walking for Life

Walking is also the best exercise that truly impacts every bone, muscle, tendon and joint in the body. Not only does speed walking burn more fat and calories, it also helps increase vital energy levels. This comes in helpful during dirt, mountain, and off-road courses, which truly require riders to be in the best shape they can. By walking just 30 minutes per day, that is more than enough to secure optimal cardio and strength for any riding or sports activity.

It is also imperative for off-road riders to eat healthy as well. This includes plenty of protein, along with fresh fruits and vegetables for true strength and longevity.

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