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Bspec or SM, good place to start is here...

The names are a bit out of touch with low HP/momentum racing but the basics are solid.

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Thanks for the link Jim. Lots of interesting info in the vids I watched so far, but one thing really sticks out as a WTH moment. The trainer keeps repeating that if you lift weights too much you'll sacrifice flexibility. Huh? I thought we'd heard the end of that myth back in the 80's (or so). Not to mention flexibility isn't exactly needed to drive a race car. (in comparison to playing most field sports etc.) Contorting to get in and out of our chick cars is another matter. ;)

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Have you ever done Yoga?


Yeah. I started doing yoga (anusura) after taking up rock climbing. Figured it'd be too foo-foo for me, but actually enjoy the physical side of it and it helps with the climbing.

I was mostly joking about the getting in/out to say that is about the only part of racing that requires any sort of flexibility.

While I'm posting, the other weird thing he said was that Gatorade could "sour" your stomach. I've never heard of that before and have never had an issue. Granted I don't gulp down gallons of it. A small bottle or two (depends on temps) in the morning and then switching to water works for me. Never had to dilute it.

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I trained with Jim and the Pit Fit crew for the last year I ran karts nationally. He pretty much pioneered the concept in the US.

As for flexibility, absolutely essential for any race driver. It helps to reduce fatigue and increases aerobic tolerance during the run. He's not talking about flexibility in the way a gymnast or one of our artists at work might have (we swing 90lb French chicks around for a living), he's talking about being able to ebb and flow as the race goes on. As fatigue sets in, your muscles will tense. Having more flexibly will compensate for that. You don't want to bulk up. Bulking adds weight and 5-10 lbs might be enough to make that difference.

As the the powerlifting and and flexibility comment, he was talking about a specific event that way above what most do. For number of years my wife was a competitive power lifter. What I think Jim may be trying to say is that concentrating on specific tasks for your body can reduce the effectiveness of other part with his primary point being that you have to consider the sport and tailor the workout to that. I think you're taking the statement out of context.

When you drink a lot of sport drink, or any sugary drink, as your blood sugar goes up there is the potential for a reaction in your stomach to generate a sour feeling. When I was training with Pit Fit my doctor was adamant that I drink no sports drink. He claimed with proper hydration as well as a proper diet I wouldn't need it for the duration of my events. What I did and do now is mix powdered Gatorade in lower concentrations. Gatorade is packed with sugar, though they do have a low cal version. One might need the electrolytes but the carbs the sugar produces might not be in balance with what your body needs.

In my latest blog post, since I'm down for a whileI mention I'm going to talk about my personal experience training specifically for racing. Which during peak is about 12 hours a week. Mostly cardio, lots of swimming and pool run/walk/water aerobics, some strength conditioning and exercises specific to mimic driving a car. We'll talk about the importance of heart rate zones in training and show some actual data. And also a bit on what I'm doing for nutirtion that has helped me lose around 60 lbs since Jan. I've been doing this off and on for the last four years or so but the first two years and this year have been the most intense. I slacked for about a year and a half and shot up to over 300. I'm back down to 250 or so with about 20 more to go. I'm not what you'd call a small man, even at my most fit.

In the meantime, I've posted a screen shot of my training calendar one month prior to the 2008 Superkarts Super Nationals. And you can see my a bit desktop shot of the run up to Eau Rouge. Warning, it's a big pic. To see the full calendar scroll all the way to the right.

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As for flexibility, absolutely essential for any race driver.


Tires are essential. Gas in the tank is essential. Flexibility, not so much. It'd put it near the bottom of my list bellow heat tolerance, ability to maintain concentration and make quick/good decisions for long periods of time, aerobic conditioning, strength conditioning, hand/eye coordentation, etc. Especially not hip flexibility that he mentioned when you're strapped in via a 6-point harness. I could understand working on flexibility when you are in a car pulling 3+ G's. If it were "essential", then you'd not see all the fat old men wobbling around the paddock who do just fine racing.

Note to mention it is in general a non-issue. How many racers do you know espousing that they need to work out like an olympic power lifter to race a car?

Don't get me wrong, I think he had good things to say, and I liked the car-specific training he showed. The way to get ahead in about any sport is via specificity.

When you drink a lot of sport drink, or any sugary drink


I watched that segment again and he mentioned 15 bottles. Missed that the first time. Well no kidding. I'd be more worried about diabetes than a sour stomach if that is your normal routine. 15 bottles of about anything does Bad Thingsā„¢ to you.

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Regarding the flexibility thing, you have to keep in mind that the website we're talking about here is designed for 15 year olds with a legitimate chance at a pro career, specifically in open wheel. While physical fitness is not a factor for a 30 minute sprint race in slower cars, it is huge in 2+ hour races in VERY fast cars producing 2-3+gs easily in corners and braking.

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Tried a new practice technique today on my morning commute. Turned the stereo up so loud that I couldn't hear the engine, tires or any aural feedback. Then I drove as fast as I dared into turns, relying only on feedback coming through the well padded seat.

Developing the potentiometer in my pants.
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While physical fitness is not a factor for a 30 minute sprint race in slower cars, it is huge in 2+ hour races in VERY fast cars producing 2-3+gs easily in corners and braking.


Physical fitness still plays a part in our chick cars and sprint races. Especially when you are going on the 3rd day straight in 100+ degree heat. I just think he could have picked a much better example (e.g., say showing the importance of flexibility and strength in your neck, then show the F1 vid of the passenger getting tossed around like a rag doll.) than saying you need hip flexibility which will be harmed if you're an Olympic power lifter. Could have just been poor editing as well.

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I could understand working on flexibility when you are in a car pulling 3+ G's. If it were "essential", then you'd not see all the fat old men wobbling around the paddock who do just fine racing.


What's this about fat old men wobbling around the paddock?


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That was me about a year before I started working with Pit Fit. FWIW, session data from that day has my fastest turns at about 2 Gs. For me fitness is the difference between me finishing just hanging onto the wheel, or getting out of the vehicle feeling fine and non taxed physically.

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For me fitness


Fitness != flexibility. You can be really fit, but not very flexible. I've raced where I could hardly walk because I was injured from other sports. Didn't affect lap times nor finishing positions. Getting in and out of the car was another matter as well as changing wheels. When you show me scientific studies that show that (hip) flexibility is "essential" to racing and that (excessively) lifting weights is detrimental, I'll start worrying about it.

Until then, I still posit it is a solution looking for a problem.

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You're taking Jim's video and taking the comments out of context. Every pro trainer in any sport equates flexibility with fitness. For example, at the day gig we have a full sports medicine department, as do all out shows, with trainers, coaches and even some EMTs just in case. The 87 artists are from varying backgrounds, mostly Olympic hopefuls and participants at one time. Believe what you want and I'm not here to try to convince you otherwise, but flexibility does equal fitness. You aren't understanding fully the concept of aerobic muscle fitness. Flexibility is a key part of reducing muscle fatigue. Don't wok out if you don't want to and don't believe Jim if you don't want. But to state flexibility doesn't equal fitness is simply not correct. One needs a certain amount of flexibility, the amount is dependent on what sport or what the goal of the training regime might be.

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But to state flexibility doesn't equal fitness is simply not correct.


So if I do a forward bend and have my palms flat on the ground I'm good to go for the Wasatch 100? Glad you cleared that up for me. Saved me a ton of training. Sarcasm aside, what I hope you are trying to say is that most people who are fit are also flexible. Bust just because B implies A, A doesn't necessarily imply B. There are several climbers in my yoga class who could embarrass a pretzel, but huff-n-puff when we do the approaches to the climbs. Just because you are flexible doesn't mean you are aerobically fit (or anaerobic for that matter.)

One needs a certain amount of flexibility


And what I said, that you cannot seem to grasp and keep going off on tangents, is that the level of flexibility needed to race our cars is much less than your typical field sport and virtually no amount of weight lifting that you or I will do is going to reduce our flexibility. Odds are it'll enhance it. Thus I still find his comments strange and out of place for the intended video's purpose. (Even when you consider it is targeted towards phenoms in open wheel cars.)

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Is not.


I just point out obvious that you like many of us marry over ur head lol...

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Ok I give you guys are retards just like the caveman are you kidding me so a bowler shouldn't drink beer and be flexing.

Come on let's tell the truth it's a mind game in a race car.

Just like driving home sleepy do you roll the window down or turn the music up

Mind games.

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