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Coach Robb is a human performance expert that helps amatuer and pro-level riders perform their best, focusing on diet, fitness, and mental conditioning.

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Why you should stretch your legs if your back hurts!

The Frustrations of Tight Muscles   I want to encourage all of you (no matter how physically active you are) to get massage work completed at least once a month. If you are physically active, in addition to your monthly massage, you need to complete trigger point and single muscle stretches AFTER every workout.   My oldest son is struggling with back spasms because his quads (front of your thighs) are so tight. Think about this, your quads attach to the top of your pelvis. When your muscles are tight, they "pull" your pelvis forward which over stretches the muscles in your back and hips. So we are manually massaging his quads, foam rolling, trigger point, and stretching them 3x a day.   Since all of these muscles are intertwined together, they pull on one another. Your goal is to release any trigger points (think of these as "Knots" in your muscles) that will allow the muscles to be their normal length allowing for normal range of motion (without pain!).   Massage Therapist: find one that understands your activity level and your dedication to completing the maintenance work (hydrate, trigger point, etc.).   Trigger Point-Stretching: use the link below (tutorial videos) and implement AFTER exercising - when the muscle at it's warmest and receptive to trigger point and single muscle stretches.     Yours in sport and health,   -Coach Robb  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Why You May Not Be Building Enough New Muscle After Working Out.

Researchers in Canada found that individuals who worked out and then ate 6 ounces of cooked ground beef (2x the recommended amount of protein in a meal), maximized their muscle growth verses those who only consumed 2 to 4 ounces. Those who consumed 2-4 ounces may not have consumed enough protein to preserve lean muscle (much less grow new muscle).

To enhance the growth of new muscle, lift weights and consume high quality protein. Having a hard time getting enough protein in on a daily basis, consume a 10 ounce smoothie with my Protein Fuel. It is plant based protein source that is easily digestible and has a powerful amino acid profile to build new muscle.

Please let me know if you have any questions about protein intake or need anything clarified!

-Coach Robb


Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Which of These 3 Things Are Making You Slow?

When it comes to halting a rider’s progress both on and off of the track, nothing will stop you quicker than an injury.  Unfortunately, for many rider’s, we have either become complacent to injuries and have adopted the mindset that “it is just part of the sport” or assumed that the injury is a result of overusing a particular muscle or group of muscles.  With the exception of trauma associated with direct impact, injuries are an imbalance within your performance variables: sleep, food, hydration, training (volume & intensity) and your ability to “absorb” the daily workloads that you subject your body to in an attempt to improve.  As surmised by Dr. Maffetone, injuries fall into three categories: mechanical, chemical & mental.  Let’s review how each of these categories influence the status of your performance.  #1 - Mechanical Injuries Let’s create a scenario. You wake up one morning and when you step out of bed you feel a “slight pull” in the arch of your right foot.  You notice it, but you don’t think much more about it because within a few minutes of walking around the “slight pull” dissipates.  For the next week, every morning when you take your first few steps, you feel the tenderness in your foot lasting progressively longer and instead of being a “slight pull” it is actually becoming painful to walk on it.  This pain is now lasting throughout the day and is beginning to negatively affect your workouts.  As you train, your body senses the pain in the arch of your right foot and counterbalances this pain by shifting the way that you walk, stand and land when you run or walk. You know that you should run on your mid-foot, but it hurts too much, so you begin running by landing on your heel (mechanical mistake) and your body adjusts more of your weight to your left leg, this causes increased load levels on your left side and a domino effect of issues.  Keep in mind, this entire chain of events wasn’t a byproduct of a high impact injury, instead it is your body compensating to some soft tissue issue that resulted in a loss of biomechanics.  The key to avoiding a mechanical injury is a three step process: identify how the problem started, properly address the associated symptoms & implement a system to keep the issue from arising again.  Step One: Identify the Difference between the Pain Site & Pain Source If we continue to use the illustration of your right arch in your foot, let’s say that you purchased a new pair of shoes and they didn’t fit properly for the type of training you are doing.  Your left foot (notice the opposite side of the foot that hurts) gets tweaked during exercise which results in micro trauma (small tears in the muscle & connective tissue).  While there are no symptoms (swelling, hot to the touch, etc.), this micro trauma is sensed by the brain and is immediately addressed with compensation – you shift your body weight from being equally distributed with both feet, to more weight being distributed to your right foot (the eventual site of your pain, but not source of the problem). This distribution of more body weight to the right side of the body puts more loads on the bones and muscles which creates a “secondary compensation”; an excessive amount of load that has to be distributed to keep you upright and able to walk.  This excessive load eventually weakens (because of fatigue) both the primary and secondary muscles become so tight (part of the compensation process), flexibility is limited and movement is creating micro tears in the tissue that your brain picks up as pain.  When this point of the process is achieved, the muscles are like a tight guitar string and the slightest movement ends up being the “action” that you feel – a muscle tear or chronic tenderness.  Solution: find an experienced human performance coach or physical therapist who understands movement associated with your specific sport to help you identify the source of your pain. If you can’t move without pain, you will never be able to achieve your full potential. Step Two: address the symptoms.  It is not a rational thought to think that you can correct pain by acting as if it isn’t there – sometimes this means taking some time off!  The therapy needed for dealing with symptoms needs to begin with the cause of the pain in the first place.  In the illustration of your right foot, you need to source the problem all the way back to a poor fitting shoe that didn’t support your training efforts.  Once you are put into the correct shoes, the body will cease making adaptations and compensations – this is the critical step to dealing with the painful symptoms.   The body has an incredible natural ability to heal itself once the cause of the problem is properly addressed.  As a general rule of thumb, if the injury is acute (you have felt the pain for the first time within the last 48 hours), then apply ice for 10 minutes and then air temperature and manual massage for 10 minutes.  If the symptom has persisted for more than 48 hours, apply ice for 10 minutes, moist heat for 10 minutes and air temperature/massage for 10 minutes.  Repeat as many times as logistically possible.   Step Three: Prevent the Cycle of Pain Before it begins Most racers are able to narrow down the source of an injury quite quickly when questioned.  For example, if I ask an athlete how old their shoes are, they are able to tell me that they are 8 months old and not very comfortable to wear.  They have literally narrowed down the source of the problem with just a few questions.  The problem arises when racers ignore their body’s feedback relevant to pain and not make the necessary (usually easy) adjustments to keep the symptoms from getting worse.  When your body provides you an obvious signal – tenderness in your foot for example, stop and ask yourself what is actually going on.  If you don’t stop, rest and evaluate what conditions have led to this situation, you will be eventually forced to stop resulting in more down time from riding & racing.    #2 Chemical Injuries – Epstein Barr/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The typical racer spends most of his or her spare time riding, cross training, working/school and spending time with your family & friends.  Riding & cross training is as common as eating lunch each day.  However, you may notice that it is getting progressively harder to get through a workout or a race feeling strong.  Additional symptoms may include irritability, weight gain, craving simple sugar, not sleeping well and getting ill frequently.  Though this may not be as “painful” as a mechanical injury, you are chemically injured.  Although some chemical injuries may provide symptoms of inflammation, which can be painful, the most common characteristic of a chemical problem is that you feel tired and fatigue quickly when training and/or racing. To properly address chemical injuries, you must first rule out more serous conditions such as anemia (low red blood cell levels), infections or other disorders.  To help narrow this condition quickly, a full panel blood test, evaluation of family history and a physical exam by a professional should be performed every three months. A personal schedule that is spread too thin creates an environment where the ability to recover completely is hindered and the stress level placed on your adrenal system becomes excessive.  Your adrenal system is designed to adapt and compensate for all the stress that you subject your body to on a daily and weekly basis.  With your adrenals not being able to sustain your stress levels, your bodily functions begin to decline.  Symptoms include: Ø  Blood sugar becomes unstable leading to fatigue Ø  The brain is deprived of the necessary sugar it needs, cravings & increased hunger follows.  Ø  Irritability - because the brain is sensitive to relatively small changes in blood sugar Ø  Weight Gain – stress slows down your metabolism which causes your body to shift from using more sugar and less fat for fuel which leads weight gains Ø  Suppressed immune system – this leads to frequent illness and lingering sickness Ø  Allergies become more common & severe Solution: clean up your personal schedule so that you are doing exactly what you have outlined in your personal schedule to maximize your mental focus and overall productivity.  Additionally, add more high quality fat to satisfy your appetite and fuel your body with high quality MCT (medium chain triglycerides) for energy.    #3 - Mental Injuries As stated by Dr. Maffetone, “a chemical may trigger impairment on a mental or emotional level.” If the brain becomes distorted from a chemical effect of diet, nutrition, excessive training volume or intensity, a mental injury can occur.   Symptoms include: Depression Low desire to train Fearing competition High levels of anxiety Personal life and balance becoming stressful Decreased performance results (even with more effort being put into training) A functional imbalance in the brain’s chemistry is a change in two neurotransmitters: Serotonin & Norepinephrine.  The brain’s imbalance may be caused by a mismatched diet, lack of nutrients, or training too hard, too long or too often.  Serotonin has a calming, sedative, or depressing effect in the brain.  A high carbohydrate (high glycemic) meal, results in more serotonin production.  Norepinephrine has a stimulating effect on the brain.  A racer who is depressed could benefit from more of this brain chemical. Overtraining frequently is preceded by too much anaerobic work.  Anaerobic work creates excessive lactic acid which has been shown to create depression, anxiety and phobias amongst racers.  The catalyst for this is an overstimulation of the adrenal glands, and occurs with the release of endorphins. 
  Conclusion The key to optimum performance is to think through how the problems were created and implement a specific process to pull you out of the negative environment and into an environment that yields optimum health, wellness and ultimately performance.  Each injury needs to be seen as part of the racer and each racer must be approached individually based on age, experience, status of the injury, how the body responds to therapy and overall goals.  Finally, step back and review this entire process.  It has taken weeks, maybe months, for your injury to get to the point where you stop and address the issue with therapy.  And all along this process, your body has not been healthy and your performance has been negatively affected.   Next issue we will discuss: The Anatomy of an Injury: Knees & Ankles.  If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please email me directly.  Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard! -Coach Robb

About MotoE and Complete Racing Solutions MotoE-CompleteRacingSolutions.com (the world’s largest and most successful moto specific Human Performance Company) is a complete Motocross Performance Training company with a vision of developing good racers into championship level racers through proven nutrition, mental, fitness and performance programs. MotoE currently manages the nutrition, mental, speed, strength and endurance programs for Ricky Carmichael’s GOAT Farm, the Georgia Training Facility (GPF) and WildwoodMX - with more partnerships to be announced in 2018. Led by Head Coach and Founder, Robb Beams, MotoE offers 33 years of success including four-time supercross and three-time motocross champion Ryan Dungey, and current pro riders Jeremy Martin, Adam Ciancirulio, Alex Martin, Isaac Teasdale, Tristan Charboneau and Mitchell Harrison.  Current top amateur riders developed by MotoE’s Performance & Nutritional Program include Jordan Bailey, Lance Kobush, Jake Pinhancos, Stilez Robertson, Joshua Guffey and Dylan Greer.   If you are frustrated with "gusessing" what to do or why your performance levels are below your expectations, contact MotoE's Customer Service department and request a FREE 20 minute consultation with Coach Robb to see what can be done to get you to that next level of fitness and performance.      

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

What is holding you back from reaching your full potential?

When speaking with my clients, we frequently discuss training protocols (duration, intensity levels, frequency, workout purpose, etc.) however, nutrition is a big area of confusion for most riders. With this in mind, I wanted to discuss the importance of post workout/recovery nutrition. Simply put it is THE key component of improving your fitness and speed by 1% every day. The first 20 minutes after a workout or race, your muscles have an enzyme (glycogen synthase enzyme) that is responsible for the replenishment of depleted sugar (specifically glycogen) in your liver (to feed your brain) and muscles (for movement).   Benefits of Post Exercise Nutrition
Research has proven that consuming a post workout/race meal or snack consisting of a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates (for depleted sugar) to protein (to repair torn down muscle tissue) will not only facilitate your recovery but also help offset the negative side effects of training: high cortisol levels (a fat magnet) associated with physical and mental stress. Keep in mind, that training is designed to “stress” your muscles and various hormonal systems; however, too much intensity (HR too high) or duration (going to long) will cross that fine line from training into the zone of over training and the associated negative side effects.   Optimum Recovery Through Nutrition – Phase 1
To nail your post exercise/racing nutritional recover (at a 3:1) ratio, strive to consume 70-100 grams of carbohydrates, and 20-25 grams of protein (err on the high side of these ranges) within the first 20 minutes of finishing a workout or race (plan ahead to ensure that this materializes).   Optimum Recovery Through Nutrition – Phase 2
The second window of recovery occurs 2 to 3 hours after your workout or race. Similar to your immediate post workout/race meal or snack, consume a 3:1 carbohydrate/protein meal or snack.   Convenient Recovery Options
10-12 ounces of Recovery Fuel
10-12 ounces of a post exercise smoothie
2 hardboiled eggs and a piece of fresh fruit
10-12 ounces of chocolate milk
4-6 ounces of mixed nuts (macadamia, pecans, almonds, almonds) and organic raisins   Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything clarified.   Yours in sport & health,
-Coach Robb   Coach Robb has been working with riders & racers since 1987 and is the founder of the Complete Racing Solutions Performance Program, the Mental Blueprint of Success, MotoE Amateur Development Program & Nutritionally Green Supplements based out Orlando Florida.   CompleteRacingSolutions.com is a premium resource center for motocross, supercross and GNCC riders of all abilities and ages. Visit his website & subscribe to his bi-monthly newsletter that outlines the training solutions used with great success by Factory KTM/Red Bull’s Ryan Dungey, Star Yamaha’s Jerry Martin and Alex Martin, RCH’s Brock Tickle, Factory Kawasaki/Pro-Circuit’s Adam Cianciarulo, multi time Loretta Lynn’s & Mini O Champion’s Jordan Bailey (Monster/Pro-Circuit/Kawasaki), multi time amateur national champion Jon Jon Ames (Thousand Oaks Yamaha), GNCC champion Charlie Mullins (Factory Red Bull/KTM), Chris Bach & GNCC Quad racer Roman Brown along thousands of riders all around the world.   Instructional videos with Coach Robb can be found on the Coach Robb’s Youtube Channel addressing rider’s questions about speed, endurance, strength nutrition, biomechanics, and stretching and soft tissue maintenance. Please visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com to subscribe to his bi-newsletter and learn more about various resources for riders. You can follow him on Twitter: @MotoCoachRobb & on Facebook: Coach Robb.   Coach Robb is a regular contributor to Vurbmoto.com, Racer XVT, FLMX & FTR Magazine and various websites. Robb can also be heard on the monthly radio show DMXS answering listener’s questions about nutrition & fitness.

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

What happens to the brain when a concussion happens?

What happens to the brain when a concussion happens?
Inside your skull you have cerebrospinal fluid and of course your brain. A violent impact causes your brain to vibrate and sometimes even bump against the skull bone. If the force is too much, you end up with a concussion. Ironically, the trauma that occurs when the brain hits the skull, there is often no evidence of injury because the damage is on the inside, within the medical world it is known as the “Silent Injury” according to Dr. Lovell from the University of Pittsburgh’s medical center which researches concussions.   Once common mistake is assuming that because you didn’t get “knocked out”, then the hit to your head was minimal. In fact, if you experience vomiting, dilated pupils, loss of smell or taste you should visit with a neurologist immediately. Additional negative symptoms after a head impact are headaches, dizziness or memory loss lasting more than 5 day or delayed memory of easy questions (i.e. what did you eat for breakfast yesterday morning?).   4 Stages of a Concussion:
Impact to the head
The most common causes of concussions are falls, car accidents, impact sports and explosions. The trauma causes force to the head in two directions: linear (forwards and backwards) or rotational (side to side). These forces literally cause your brain to “slosh” within the cerebrospinal fluid and bump up against the skull.   Inflammation
Trauma to the brain can damage neurons, the cells that govern the flow of chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters. In the worst case scenario, those damaged neurons lose control of the neurotransmitters, allowing them to accelerate up to five (5x) their normal speed. The resulting chemical acceleration can cause memory loss, blurred vision, dizziness, headache and nausea.   Hibernation
Your brain’s cortex detects the neurotransmitter imbalance and tries to fix the neurons by calling for a surge of healing glucose. At the same time, calcium neurotransmitters start constricting the blood vessels, delaying glucose from reaching the neurons. Your brain function slows until blood flow returns to normal.   Recovery
Healing the neurons within your brain can take several weeks to within your brain. However, if you sustain another concussion during this period, you could suffer permanent damage and a lifetime of headaches and other adverse side effects.   Though it is hard for competitive athletes, but staying away from the potential of re-hitting your head, rest & proper nutrition will facilitate the recovery process.   Note: if you experience headaches after hitting your head, DO NOT consume aspirin or ibuprofen (this may increase your risk of brain bleeding); instead use acetaminophen.   Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard!
-Coach Robb
http://www.completeracingsolutions.com

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

The Ultimate Four-Step Holiday Survival Guide & 7 Surprising Sources of Injuries

During the first half of this podcast, Coach Robb explains why he wants you to embrace the joys of the holiday season with friends, family and colleagues.  Many people dread the holidays because they fear gaining those unwanted pounds and feeling guilty for indulging. By following Coach Robb’s four simple steps you will minimize weight gain, avoid feeling horrible, and prepare yourself for multiple days of holiday festivities. During the second half of the podcast, Coach Robb explains the top seven things that contribute to injuries.  As Coach Robb explains, when it comes to improving your health, wellness and ultimately performance, the only two things that will impede your daily improvement is an injury and/or an illness.  By implementing these seven habits into your normal routine, you will keep from getting injured as well as improve your strength, speed and endurance.  As always, grab a piece of paper and jot down some notes that you can transfer over to post it notes as daily reminders. Listeners questions include: Why is my sex drive higher in the morning?; Why has my motivation and performance results plummeted?; What should I study to do what Coach Robb does for my profession?; What is Coach Robb’s biggest frustration as a performance coach?; What is the catapult effect?; and What separates Coach Robb from other coaches?  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

The Ultimate Fat Burning, Muscle Building Meal During the Winter

Over the last couple of weeks I have been inundated with emails about some new ideas on what to eat now that the temperatures are dropping and it is getting darker earlier. In my opinion, this is a great time to start making and consuming homemade soup on a regular basis. Building the Perfect Soup When made with the optimum ingredients, soup can provide carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to improve your health, wellness and ultimately your performance. The good news is you can make nutritionally dense soup with whatever is in your kitchen and have it ready to consume within 30 minutes. Create your own power soup by following these five steps, choosing among the fresh, frozen, and leftover ingredients you have on hand from the list below: Step 1: Aromatics Optimum Choices: onion, garlic, celery, carrots, dried sage, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder Health Benefits: they add anti-inflammatory compounds that fight soreness. Step 2: Liquids Optimum Choices: vegetables, chicken, beef and fish stock; tomato puree and juice Health Benefits: liquids keep you hydrated in the winter and relieve congestion Step 3: Vegetables Optimum Choices: kale, carrots, peppers, bok choy, cabbage, tomatoes, mushrooms, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes Health Benefits: vegetables are loaded in antioxidant vitamins and minerals Step 4: Proteins Optimum Choices: beans (any kind), chicken, beef, fish, shrimp, tofu, edamame, lentils Health Benefits: lean protein repairs muscles and provides iron – an imperative mineral needed to carry hemoglobin (a carrier for oxygen in the blood) Step 5: Carbohydrates Optimum Choices: cooked whole grains (brown, black or wild rice, faro, quinoa and barley; whole-wheat pasta; potatoes Health Benefits: carbohydrates replenish depleted stored sugar levels within your liver (to feed the brain) and the muscles (fuel movement), provide B vitamins which are imperative for the production of energy Learning how to feed your nutritional needs for building muscle, burning fat and improving endurance, another tool for Working Smart, Not Hard! -Coach Robb If you'd like to follow my blog, click the "follow this blog" button in the upper right.

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The Health & Performance Dangers of Becoming Hungry

Most nutritional and hydration errors occur because the food and water is not readily available. If you are hungry and you don’t have healthy snacks and meals to consume, you will inevitably end up going through a drive through to satisfy your hunger – this is completely different than eating fast food because you don’t care about your health. Speaking of being hungry, this is a sensation that you should NOT be experiencing on a daily basis. When it comes to nutrition for both your health and performance, there are two simple questions that you have to ask yourself: 1. Am I eating fresh fruit, vegetables and high quality fat every two (2) hours? 2. Am I getting hungry before the two (2) hour window of time has transpired? Think about this for a minute, if you are eating nutrient dense fruits, vegetables and protein every two hours (this stabilizes your blood sugar levels along with satisfies your appetite) and you are still getting hungry – YOU NEED TO EAT MORE FOOD! This sounds completely contrary to the mainstream mindset; however, being hungry will undermine your efforts at each workout. Think about your car, if you have a half a tank of gas and you want to drive 1000 miles, you can’t without filling up your gas tank. Your body is the same one but with one extra catch. To improve your workout quality, your brain and muscles need adequate sugar to complete the workout and raise its fitness to the next level. Without the new threshold of workload, the muscles will not be stimulated enough to create an adaptation – the result is a performance plateau. When it comes to determining how much protein, carbohydrates and fats you have to consume refrain from pulling out a scale and reading labels extensively. Instead, focus on your hunger levels (there shouldn’t be any), evaluate your performance results (consistency and improvement) and your biofeedback (quality of sleep, resting heart rate, personality characteristics). If these evaluation elements are not consistently positive, you need to eat more food. If you begin to eat too much (this rarely happens), you will get a clear notice: your clothes will begin to wear tight. Remember, stress comes in many forms: relationship, work, financial, workouts, hydration, hunger, etc. The value of your health and wellnexs is finding the correct balance of volume & intensity of training to maximize your training efforts and achieve your personal goals. Ironically, it all starts with consuming adequate amounts of high quality food, remember it is all about Working Smart, Not Hard! Yours in health and sport, -Coach Robb 

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Stop Training & Start Improving!

The key to maximizing your productivity within your workouts is to be hitting the exact duration and intensity levels necessary to address your identified weaknesses.  Each workout’s elements (duration and intensity) are created to stress the body in a manner that creates a stimulation at the hormonal (aka human growth hormone), the aerobic (larger oxygen uptake) and muscular level (development of new muscle) resulting in faster speed and enhanced endurance in a shorter period of time.  Please keep in mind that if you push beyond the necessary duration and/or intensity levels, you are pushing the body into a zone that can become counterproductive and negatively affect your speed and endurance – this fine line is the difference between being fit & razor sharp or being over trained, fatigued, sick and/or injuried.  Also, by keeping a close eye on your resting heart rate and your body weight in the morning (utilize the Body Analysis spreadsheet – email me), you have two of the key indicators to evaluate how your body is adapting to stress of training on a daily basis.  By keeping detailed logs of your food & body analysis information, you are able to adjust your training & eating habits to turn the body from a catabolic (tear down mode) to an anabolic mode (growth and improvement).  It cannot be emphasized enough the impact your eating and sleeping habits have to your health, wellness and ultimately your performance results.  Finally, if logistically possible, please set up an appointment with your physician and have your blood drawn (request a full panel) so that your physician can review the health of your blood chemistry.  By reviewing your blood panel every 12 weeks, we can evaluate the effectiveness of your training, eating and sleeping patterns.  If any of these three variables  become out of balance, you run the risk of becoming over-trained and the associated side effects: fatigue, decreased speed & endurance, irritability, depression, etc.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me!  Remember, Work Smart, Not Hard! Yours in sport & health, -Coach Robb, Coaches and Staff  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Simple Components of Success That You Can Do Today!

To help you get the most from your daily efforts, here are some reminders on how to optimize your training & racing efforts. Eat Prior to Working Out If you eat too soon before you head out, you could be plagued with G.I. (gastro-intestinal) issues. But if your last snack or meal was more than three hours ago, you could run out of energy. The goal is to time your meals & snacks to provide a stabilized blood sugar level throughout your training sessions specific to your intensity levels. Accomplish this by eating every 2 hours after you wake up in the morning. Allow 2 hours after eating a complete meal before exercising – this allows for complete absorption and proper purging avoiding cramping. If you are tight on time, consume 8-10 ounces of Energy Fuel just prior to provide your brain and muscles the easily absorbable carbohydrates and electrolytes necessary for optimum muscle contraction and sweating.   Foam Rolling (please use these videos) Use a foam roller before your workout and/or before working out. The direct pressure helps vasodilate (open up) the tissue bringing fresh blood to the muscles about to be used. When you foam roll prior to stretching, you will reduce the activation of the Stretch Reflex, reducing your risk of a pulled muscle. Chronic aches and pains like Achilles tendinitis, planter fascia, etc. benefit from direct pressure before exercise because it increases blood flow & muscle elasticity. Training is more productive when tender/sore spots are warm. Start by rolling with a tennis ball move to a lacrosse ball then manual massage then sport specific exercise.   Warm Up Your warm up is an activity that allows the body to transition from inactivity to activity and to distribute the blood flow into the extremities. This distribution of blood warms up the muscles, tendons, cartilage and ligaments avoiding any cramping or tearing.   Refuel Immediately after training, your muscles and liver are looking for simple sugar to replenish your storage levels for the next workout. Your window of opportunity is 20-30 minutes after you finish because of an enzyme (glycogen synthase) that is at its highest activity level immediately following exercise. By consuming real food that is easily digestible is the key to optimum replenishment and recovery. By implementing these non sweating performance elements on a daily basis, just adds more tools to help you Work Smart, Not Hard! Yours in health & sport, -Coach Robb     

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Should You Workout Hard This Weekend or Take Some Down Time?

Over Training Indicators include: mood swings; craving of simple sugar; interrupted sleep; loss of libido; loss of body weight; suppressed appetite & elevated resting heart rate. Once you have reached the point of over training and are experiencing associated symptoms, your satisfaction associated with training becomes less rewarding and ultimately affects other elements in your life (relationships, work, etc.) along with having a negative effect on your performance (which ironically makes you think you need to do more or work harder!). Training creates adaptations within the body's various systems (muscular, cardio-pulmonary, lymphatic, nervous and connective) and needs to be supported with rest and food for positive adaptations. Inadequate amounts (and quality) of sleep and food set the body up for a physical break down which leads to negative effects on the body (i.e. suppressed immune system and muscles with less power and endurance). In addition to adaptations within the body's systems, training causes changes at a cellular level. Dr. Sandler notes that cell mitochondria swell, metabolic wastes accumulate, essential nutrients (particularly electrolytes and stored glycogen) deplete, and muscle tissue is torn. This tearing is known as micro trauma of the cells, and torn muscle tissue doesn't work efficiently. As popularly noted, it takes 48 hours for the body to recover from this micro-trauma and has to be supported with rest and food for proper recovery and improved overall health. If your body doesn't get the opportunity to rebuild from the "work phase" of training, overall health and associated performance begin to slow down (and in extreme circumstances, cease all together). The concept of hard training days followed with easy-active recovery days incorporated into your weekly training schedule establishes the balance necessary for incremental improvements in your overall health and ultimately your performance. Consistent training without physical or mental setbacks provides the foundation for your body to absorb larger volumes of training. The larger the foundation (i.e. quality of overall health) the quicker you will recover from workouts and the quicker your body will progress to the next level of health & ultimately performance. Think about it this way, if you are not fresh, you will not have the energy (or desire) to push to the next level of performance. If your body doesn't experience the next level you will begin to stagnate within your performance cycles. So what will it be this weekend - big workout or some down time to recover? Yours in sport and health, -Coach Robb  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

Road to Loretta's - History of MotoE Amateur Race Team

Follow Coach Robb on his way to Loretta's and learn about the history associated with the most successful amateur development program in the history of motocross. Watch MotoE riders Triangle Yamaha's Logan Best ripping on the new YZ65 to a pair of seconds (including some holeshots!); Dylan Greer and Josh Guffey in the Pro-Sport classes; Curtis Biorn in the C class; Bud Guthrie in the 40+ class and Colton Eigenmann in the 250B class where he landed on the podium in the last moto and went 4th overall. Coach Robb has had the privilege of working with riders such as Ryan Dungey, Adam C, Jeremy & Alex Martin, Jordan Bailey, Isaac Teasdale, Ian Trettel, Ashley Fiolek, Broc Tickle and many more as they have developed into national amateur champions and into professional stars. If you would like more information about Coach Robb's MotoE Performance and Nutritional Programs, please visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com.  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

RIDING BETTER STARTS AT THE GROCERY STORE?

10 SHOPPING RULES FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH & PERFORMANCE
Yes, believe it or not, there are some “rules” to follow EVERY time you go shopping, these will keep you from purchasing items that will keep you from making wise food choices and ultimately undermining you’re eating & drinking habits. Keep in mind that you eat for only one purpose: to fuel your life in the healthiest way possible. Following these rules will ensure that you have exactly what you need, how much you need and avoid having to throw anything away because it has spoiled (this will save you money too!).   Shopping Rule #1: DON’T SHOP ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
Literally eat a high protein & fat snack (protein & fat are the ONLY nutrients that satisfy hunger) prior to walking in (i.e. apple and cheese stick, banana and almond butter).   Shopping Rule #2: PREPARE A SHOPPING LIST & ONLY PURCHASE WHAT IS ON YOUR LIST
If you have to purchase something this isn’t on your list but a necessary ingredient to a recipe, meal or snack then add the item to your shopping list for future reference. The key is to create & maintain a consistent shopping list (you will notice that you eat 18-25 of the same items every week) to carry with you to your farmers market or grocery store every time you go shopping.
[NOTE: your energy levels & performance results will help you determine if you should keep an item on your weekly shopping list. If your energy is high & your performance results are good, you know your food items are working and vice versa.]   Shopping Rule #3: SHOP 2 TO 3 TIMES A WEEK
Shopping two to three times per week will ensure that you have ripe, high quality fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein readily available. Ideally, set your personal schedule to permit you visiting the store on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Shopping on Sunday allows you the opportunity to go home and prep, pack and store your food items for Monday – Wednesday. Wednesday allows you to purchase, prep and store for Thursday and Friday. Friday provides you the opportunity to purchase, prep and store what you will need for an active Saturday and Sunday. As we will discuss later, it is the lack of availability that keeps individuals from eating properly verses the lack of desire. If it isn’t available, you are forced to lean on convenience and you find yourself eating out of a drive through window or out of a package.   Shopping Rule #4: SHOP SOLO
Shop solo – this will keep others from influencing your shopping efforts. This will eliminate the impulsive purchases and save you money.   Shopping Rule #5: SHOP THE PERIMETER OF THE STORE
Shopping the perimeter of your grocery store is where you will find fresh/raw food items. With the exception of small ingredients (salt, pepper, olive oil, etc.), there is nothing in the center of the store that you need to be eating. This is NOT to be confused regarding the dairy case – especially the organic items. Dairy items can be a good source of protein, calcium, etc. for those that are not lactose intolerant.   Shopping Rule #6: PURCHASE MORE THAN YOU NEED
Purchase one or two more items than what is on your shopping list – especially your fruits and vegetables. If you think you will consume 10 oranges, purchase 12. This will keep you from running out. If you find that every three days you have two to three items left, then cut back. But as a general rule of thumb, it is better to want it and not have it verses wanting it and not having it available. Running out should be avoided at all costs – your health is worth it.   Shopping Rule #7: USE A SHOPPING CART VERSES A BASKET
If the basket becomes full (or heavy) you will be tempted to cut back on the amount of real-raw food that you are purchasing – this undermines Rule #6. If you are purchasing fruits and vegetables in bulk, you will have numerous bags; putting them in a shopping cart will minimize the amount of damage to your items because you are not “stacking” them in your basket.   Shopping Rule #8: LABELS SHOULD ONLY CONTAIN 1 INGREDIENT
When you pick up an item, stop and read the ingredients listed on the label. If it has more than one ingredient, put the item back on the shelf. Remember, single ingredient packages represent an ingredient that will be used with your snack and meal preparations. If the item has more than one ingredient, read shopping rule #9.   Shopping Rule #9: EAT ONLY WHAT YOU CAN PRONOUNCE
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t purchase–much less eat it! This shopping rule is actually eliminated when you implement shopping rule #8; however, if you must purchase something that has more than one ingredient (we all have weak moments & time restraints) you should be able to pronounce each ingredient in the product (the Braap Bar is a perfect example of a convenient, real food snack bar). If you can’t pronounce the ingredient Trimethylxanthine, it is safe to assume that it isn’t good for you to consume!   Shopping Rule #10: UPDATE YOUR SHOPPING LIST
Before checking out, take a moment to review and update (with items you forgot to write down before you left for the store) your shopping list. This is also your last opportunity to verify that you have everything on your shopping list in your shopping cart. Not only will this eliminate you having to make another time consuming trip back to the store for one or two items, it will also eliminate the need to run through a drive through because you didn’t have the necessary elements to prep, prepare and pack your snacks and meals.   Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard!
-Coach Robb

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Reduce Your Body Fat to Improve your Speed & Endurance (Part 1)

It isn’t a secret that there is an optimum strength to weight ratio when it comes to going fast on a motorcycle; however, getting to your ideal weight (percentage of lean muscle & body fat) where you have both strength & endurance is the key to your success. Most riders & racers, when they attempt to lose body fat, end up tearing down muscle for energy which results in a lighter number on the scale, but a significant reduction in overall body strength, along with reduced levels of speed & endurance on the bike.   In my opinion, when it comes to losing body fat long term, you must first stabilize your blood sugar levels and satisfy your appetite. There are only two things that satisfy appetite: fat and protein. Protein plays a significant role with building new muscle and supporting your immune system. Fat plays a major role in vitamin & mineral regulation, protection of internal organs, etc.   Below is a Clean Eating Challenge that I believe is a great tool to implement every three months throughout the year. This Clean Eating Challenge is designed to help stabilize your blood sugar levels with real food & determine your sensitivities associated with carbohydrates (a medical symptom referred to as carbohydrate intolerant-CI).   Coach Robb’s Clean Eating Challenge
CI is a common problem in many populations and the diseases associated with this condition are reaching epidemic proportions. This challenge, created by Dr. Maffetone, helps you identify if you experience common symptoms of CI including: sleepiness after meals, intestinal bloating, increased body fat, fatigue and others. Here is an outline of the various stages associated with CI:   Early stages of CI include elusive problems associated with blood-sugar handling, such as fatigue, intestinal bloating and loss of concentration.   Middle stages include a more serious conditions including hypertension, elevations of LDL, lowering of HDL, elevated triglycerides, excess body fat and often obesity.   Long term CI manifests itself as various diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.   Final stages include a condition referred to as Metabolic Syndrome. This stage is includes disorders such as: hyperinsulinemia, Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Polycystic ovary, Stroke, Breast Cancer, Coronary Heart Disease, High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides.   Please note, CI is an individual one, affecting different people in different ways. The key to avoiding disease is to be aware of CI in its earliest stage and to make the appropriate diet and lifestyle changes. The following are some common complaints that occur immediately after eating a meal or for others remain a constant symptom or feeling.   STEP ONE
Prior to beginning this challenge, evaluate if you experience any of the following (check the box if applicable so that you can reference if the symptom(s) still persist after completing the two week Clean Eating Challenge):   Physical Fatigue: Overall feeling of fatigue; morning through lunch or even all day.   Mental Fatigue: Inability to concentrate; loss of creativity, poor memory, poor grades, various forms of “learning disabilities”. This is more pronounced immediately after a meal or if a meal is delayed or missed.   Blood Sugar Handling Issues:
Fluctuations in blood sugar are normal during the day, but are amplified if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule.
Feeling jittery, agitated and/or moody (symptoms that immediately subside once food is consumed).
Craving for simple sugars, chocolate or caffeine; bouts of dizziness.   Intestinal Bloating:
Suffer from excessive gas; antacids or other remedies are not successful in dealing with the gas levels.
Gas tends to be worse later in the day and into the night.  
Sleepiness:
Feel sleepy immediately after meals containing carbohydrates, particularly a pasta meal or a meal that contains
bread, potatoes or dessert.   Increased fat storages & weight:
For most individuals, too much weight is too much fat. In males, abdominal fat is more evident and in females it is
more prominent in the upper body, upper thighs and in the face.   Increased triglycerides:
High triglycerides are not only found in overweight individuals. Individuals with high triglycerides are the direct result
of carbohydrates from the diet being converted by insulin into fat.   High Blood Pressure:
Most individuals dealing with hypertension produce too much insulin and as a result are carbohydrate intolerant. For
some, sodium sensitivity is common and eating too much sodium causes water retention along with elevated blood
pressure.   Depression:
Because carbohydrate adversely affect the levels of neurotransmitters made in the brain, feelings of depression
and/or sleepiness can result. Sugar has been promoted as if it is a stimulate, but in actuality, has the opposite effect.   Addiction:
Individuals who are addicted to alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes or other drugs often have many of the above mentioned
symptoms.   STEP TWO
Send me your email and I will send you a copy of my MotoE Body Measurement Spreadsheet. When you receive the file, double click on the attachment and print. You will want to capture these numbers prior to completing the Clean Eating Challenge. to watch a video on how to correctly capture your body measurements for accuracy.   STEP THREE
Purge (throw away – don’t give it to anyone, they don’t need it either!) your cabinets and refrigerator of the following:
- Breads, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal, muffins, chips, crackers and rice cakes
- Sweets and products that contain sugar such as ketchup, honey, etc. (read the labels to ensure there is no sugar)
- Fruit juice
- Processed meats that contain sugar
- Fat Free, Skim & 2% Milk, half and half
- Fat Free or Low Fat Yogurt & Ice Cream
- Energy Bars and Energy Drinks that contain fructose
- All soda, including diet
- Alcohol, except dry wines   STEP FOUR
Time to go shopping to stock up with what you will need to get this challenge under way!   Few considerations:
Note: don’t consume anything on this list without prior approval from your doctor-NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Plan ahead so that you are never without sufficient food
- Avoid becoming hungry – unlimited amounts of food are available to you, eat every 2 hours
- Don’t focus on the volume of food you are consuming – just eat
- Take the time to chew your food completely – this will aid in the digestion and absorption of your food
- Consume enough vegetables (at least 6 servings per day) to maintain fiber intake (and avoid constipation)
- Drink cold filtered water at a rate of .5 ounces per pound of body weight
For Example: 150 pounds x .5 ounces = 75 ounces per day   Food you can eat in unlimited amounts:
- Smoothies made with real fruits and vegetables
- Steamed or raw vegetables (avoid white potatoes and corn) – organic ideally
- Fresh fruit - organic ideally
- Nuts and seeds – organic and free of any oils and salt
- Almond butter – organic ideally
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Whole fat mayonnaise
- Whole eggs
- Non American yellow cheese – look for hard cheeses like Swiss, Provolone, etc.
- Meats (beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, etc.) – free range and sugar free (read the label here!)
- Fresh Fish (cold water Atlantic) – salmon, sardines, albacore white tuna (nothing out of a can)
- Fresh Shellfish
- Tofu
- Mustard (as long as there isn’t any sugar added)   Helpful Suggestions:
Eggs
- Omelets: any combination of vegetables, meats and cheeses
- Scrambled with guacamole, sour cream and salsa
- Scrambled with a scoop of ricotta or cottage cheese and tomato sauce
- Boiled or poached with spinach or asparagus   Salads
- Chef-leaf lettuce, meats, cheese, eggs
- Spinach-with bacon & eggs
- Caesar-romaine lettuce, eggs & parmesan cheese
- Any salad with chicken, tuna, shrimp or other meat and/or cheese   Salad Dressings
- Extra-virgin olive oil & vinegar with sea salt and spices
- Creamy-heavy cream, mayonnaise, garlic and spices   Fish and Meats
- Pot roast cooked with onions, carrots and celery
- Roasted chicken
- Chili made with fresh meat, and a variety of vegetables such as diced onions, celery, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and spices
- Steak and eggs
- Fish (not fried) with any variety of steamed vegetables
- Tuna melt on a bed of broccoli or asparagus   Snacks
- Celery stuffed with nut butter or cream cheese
- Guacamole with vegetable sticks for dipping
- Hard boiled eggs   Supplementation
Whey Protein
Fish Oil
Branched Chain Amino Acids   STEP FOUR
Time to eat and train! As mentioned above, eat every two hours (even if you are not hungry). During the next two weeks, keep all of your workouts aerobic, which means eliminating any and all weight lifting (it is anaerobic by nature) and any strenuous workouts (above Heart Rate Zone #2).   What to expect during the first week: If you have been eating lots of sweets or other carbohydrates, you may experience cravings for sugar for the first few days. You may experience a headache associated with withdraws – strive to use & to relax the muscles in the neck and upper shoulders. You may find yourself falling off of the program, not because you intend to, but rather due to the realization that processed foods are everywhere. If you eat something that is not “approved” you need to start over and this is ok!
  STEP FIVE
Stay consistent with both your food and aerobic training. Maintain a food intake log along with a detailed training log, specifically mental clarity, energy levels, average and max heart rate with each workout.   Over the next two weeks you will capture a better snap shot of your eating and how it reflects on your health, wellness & performance. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or need anything clarified.
-Coach Robb   Coach Robb has been working with riders and racers since 1987 and is the founder of the Complete Racing Solutions Performance System, the Mental Blueprint of Success, the MotoE Amateur Development Program, the MotoE Educational Series and Nutritionally Green Supplements based out of Orlando Florida.   CompleteRacingSolutions.com is a premium resource center for motocross, supercross and GNCC riders of all abilities and ages. Visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com & subscribe to his bi-monthly newsletter that outlines the training solutions used by Factory KTM/Red Bull’s Ryan Dungey, multi-time Loretta Lynn’s & Mini O Champion’s Jordan Bailey (Factory Monster Energy/Kawasaki), Factory Kawasaki/Pro-Circuit’s Adam Cianciarulo and Loretta Lynn’s Champion, Gracie VanHorn, GNCC bike racers Charlie Mullins and Chris Bach, and GNCC Quad racer Roman Brown along with thousands of riders all around the world.   Instructional videos with Coach Robb can be found on the Coach Robb’s Youtube Channel addressing rider’s questions about speed, endurance, strength, nutrition, biomechanics, stretching, and soft tissue maintenance. Please visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com to subscribe to his bi-newsletter and learn more about various resources for riders. You can follow him socially on Twitter: @MotoCoachRobb & Facebook: Coach Robb.   In addition to his own newsletters, Coach Robb is a regular contributor to various websites. Robb can also be heard on the monthly radio show DMXS answering listener’s questions about nutrition & fitness.

Coach Robb

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Reduce Cramping By Focusing on This Concept!

If your muscles are not "sliding and gliding" you may experience cramping, reduced speed and endurance along with feeling "hot" from within. This video explains what is causing it along with what you can do to alleviate these symptoms.  

Coach Robb

Coach Robb

 

Quick Guide to Protein - Part 1

Quick Guide to Protein – Part 1 This two part article is the second of a three part series about nutrition. Last week, we discussed the importance and sources of fat. This week we are going to discuss the importance and sources of protein. The Importance of Protein Because of the numerous responsibilities of protein in the body (from muscle regeneration to energy production) consuming the proper amounts on a daily basis are imperative for both health and performance. On a daily basis, your body continually makes new cells for your muscles, organs, glands and bones. All of these are built on the foundation of protein, their main building block. Keep in mind, the longer and/or harder you train the higher your protein intake on daily basis needs to be. All bodily functions, from breathing to muscle movement to new muscle development is controlled by thousands of different enzymes – and you guessed it, enzymes are made from protein as well. Even the hemoglobin, that carries the oxygen in your blood, is manufactured out of protein. The structure of your genes and your brain cells are totally fabricated from protein. As documented by Dr. Michael Colgan, research using radioisotope techniques show that over 98% of the molecules of the human body are completely replaced each year. Bits and pieces of all your structures are constantly being replaced with new proteins. Research has proven that every six months your muscles, blood, enzymes and even the structures of your genes are completely replaced. Think about this, the body that you have today is the result of what you have eaten for the last six months. Garbage in, inferior health, wellness and performance out! The Role of Protein Before we get into how much protein your need on a daily basis, let’s discuss the role of protein. In addition to growth and repair of muscles and other tissues, some protein is used for energy. Per Dr. Phil Maffetone, the amount of energy contributed by protein may be as high as 15% in some athletes. Protein is also necessary for enzymes important to metabolism. Protein is essential for maintaining neurotransmitters – the chemical messengers used by the nervous system to signal proper function throughout the body. Additionally, oxygen, fats and vitamins are transported throughout the body with the help of proteins. Protein also plays an instrumental role in making natural antibodies for your immune system. Those who lose muscle mass through reduced protein consumption have a weakened immune system. Additionally, those who consume inadequate protein may not get enough of certain nutrients necessary for proper immune function. For example, the amino acid cysteine is contained in whey protein can improve immune function. This amino acid is necessary for your body to make its most powerful antioxidant, glutathione. How much protein? The argument about how much protein is needed for optimum health & performance has become so convoluted, it has been revised by the RDA 10 times since 1943! The RDA’s current recommendation of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight has been declared too low by many doctors and nutrition experts. Some of these professionals believe that the gram per kilogram needs to be increased by 3 – 4 times this amount to maintain proper lean muscle mass, recover from exercise and keep the blood chemistry healthy. As clearly declared by Dr. Phil Maffetone, the issue of protein needs dictated by body weight is very distorted and inaccurate. These inaccuracies are created because if you are going to use grams per kilogram of body weight, it needs to be calculated off of lean body mass (total weight minus your body fat). It is your lean muscle that needs protein, NOT your stored fat. Keep in mind that over 50% of the dry weight of your body is protein. As you can see, this can get complex and consuming quite quickly. It is for this exact reason that I don’t want you to count calories, calculate grams or weigh your food. Why? Because you can determine your personal needs by listening to your body, document your mental clarity and performance results and capture eight simple body measurements to determine how your protein, carbohydrate and fat intake is affecting your health, wellness and ultimately your performance. Dangers of Inadequate Protein Intake Signs of low protein (or low quality) intake includes: Muscle Weakness Low Energy Levels Easily Broken Bones Slow Recovery after Exercise In a study completed by Dr. Gontzea at the Institute of Medicine in Bucharest demonstrated that exercise causes increased demands on the body’s need for protein. During this study (and most studies on protein synthesis) he evaluated the nitrogen balances in urine and feces. A positive nitrogen balance means that the body is obtaining sufficient quantity and quality from the diet. A negative nitrogen balance means that the body is not receiving enough quality or quantity of protein from the diet. A negative nitrogen balance means that the body is not receiving enough quality and quantity of protein so the body literally “eats” muscle and other protein structures in the body for its daily needs. Dangers of Taking in Too Much Protein Many people are afraid of eating too much protein – and justifiably so; excessive protein intake is harsh on your body with painful side effects (i.e. kidney stones). However, if your body needs 100 grams of protein per day, then 100 grams is not too much but rather your personalized protein needs! A quick side note, many times kidney stones are a result of chronic dehydration, not excessive protein intake. If you are consuming half of your body weight in ounces of water and calculating your sweat rate during exercise, you will minimize your risk of dehydration and the development of kidney stones. Protein Intake to Build Muscle One of the big misconceptions of building muscle is that you can accomplish this task by eating tremendous amounts of meat, nuts and protein shakes. The truth about building muscle has little to do with the amount of protein you take in, but rather the demands of the body to “need” more protein to rebuild stressed muscle tissue. If you consume more protein that your body needs (and your liver processes), the excess protein is broken down into carbohydrates and passed as urea waste. The key to building more muscle mass is to stress the tendons, ligaments and muscles in a systematic manner to break down the muscle tissue without tearing it. This is a big problem with athletes who try to grow too fast, they overstress the system and instead of developing new muscle (natural anabolic growth mode) they put their bodies in a tear down mode (catabolic mode). As you incrementally add more load and stress on your tendons, ligaments and muscles, consuming high quality protein will result in increased muscle mass as the body “absorbs” the much needed amino acids which build new muscle (in addition to repairing the torn down existing muscle tissue). If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please email me directly. Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard! -Coach Robb If you like what I'm posting and want more, click the "follow this blog" button in the upper right and you'll be notified when I post new tips.

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Quick Guide to Good Fat Sources

Over the next three weeks, I am going to provide you a quick overview of the three macro nutrients necessary for optimum health & performance: fat, protein and carbohydrates. The reason for this three part series is to help demystify some of the confusion that is rolling around in the various media sources. Think about, on Monday fat is good, by Wednesday it is bad; Thursday protein is good for you and by Friday, protein causes kidney stones – you get my point. This confusion became crystal clear the week of Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National. During my seven days trackside in our MotoE booth, me and my team visited with over 800 riders and family members to discuss everything from how to develop more speed, improve endurance, how to handle an injury, mental blocks associated with high profile racing, proper hydration and also, how to properly eat. The two biggest areas of frustration stemmed around the mental blocks and nutrition. We will address the mental aspects of performance, but only after we clarify the facts associated with nutrition. FAT Overview: our bodies cannot produce essential fatty acids Omega-3 & Omega-6. These fatty acids are necessary for all cellular health (creates the cell membrane) & performance (energy transport, delivering oxygen, etc.). Sources: oils capture the essence of flavor from their source & concentrate their nutrients in away that is easy for the body to absorb and utilize. Olive Oil Benefits: helps increase good cholesterol Contains: Omega 9 Best used: for sautéing or topping steamed vegetables or pasta; as a salad dressing Flax Seed Oil Benefits: anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular support, helps regulate blood pressure Contains: Omega-2 and some Omega-6 Best used: in smoothies, salad dressings or alone. Also serves as a vegetarian alternative to fish oil Coconut Oil Benefits: fat burner, immune builder, promotes digestion & metabolic pathways, helps control sugar Contains: MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) Best used: in smoothies; for baking, sautéing. Almond Oil Benefits: excellent anti-oxidant (off sets the negative side effects of high intensity training/racing) Contains: Vitamin E Best used: good in smoothies & desserts Walnut Oil Benefits: helps collect free-radicals created from oxidative stress (negative cellular by product of high intensity training/racing); supports brain function; antibacterial & antiviral. Contains: Phytonutrients, antioxidants, omega-3 and trace minerals such as selenium, magnesium, zinc, iron & B1, B2 and B3 Best used: in salad dressings, smoothies & desserts Sesame Seed Oil Benefits: supports vascular & respiratory systems Contains: calcium & lignans Best used: for finishing steamed vegetables Peanut Oil Benefits: can help reduce cholesterol Contains: moderate amounts of polyunsaturated fats, higher in monounsaturated fats Best used: high heat sautéing As you can see by the above, good fat plays an instrumental part in your health, wellness and ultimately performance. Add good fats into every meal and snack – the benefits are abundant and the impact on your performance cannot be overlooked. If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please email me directly. Coach Robb If you like what I post and want to follow me, click the "follow this blog" button in the upper right.

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Proper Recovery Elements

Proper Recovery Elements When you are working on improving your riding and racing, please keep in mind that it isn't all about what you do (regarding your weekly hours of training and the intensity that you train and ride at), but rather what you absorb. When your body absorbs, it gets progressively stronger and ultimately faster. Here are a few things to look at: Sleep: your body releases hGH (human growth hormone) when you sleep, so deep, high quality sleep is imperative to maintain a low body fat percentage. Strive to get 8 hours at night and if logistically possible, 2 hour nap during the day. Nutrition: maintain stabilized blood sugar by eating raw fruits and vegetables every 2 hours. Supplement with fish oil morning and evening and consume avocadoes and raw nuts for high quality MCT’s (medium chained triglycerides). Soft Tissue: take time after each workout to isolate and stretch single muscles to improve your range of motion. Also implement your trigger point therapy after your evening shower. Structure: when you are enjoying a rest day or a week of recovery, enjoy the absence of structure. Just go exercise verses “train”. New Activity: in addition to the absence of structure, find a new activity that you have always wanted to do: paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, climbing, etc. -Coach Robb If you'd like to follow my blog, click the "follow this blog" button in the upper right.

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Natural Alternatives to Performance Enhancing Drugs

It has been a few years now since Lance Armstrong appeared on TV and admitted to his, and his teams, use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDS).  To say that there was an awareness of PEDS influencing the race results of the Tour de France is an understatement; however, to the extent that past racers and champions have admitted to using PEDS (both regarding the type and amounts) is frightening.  In this article, I thought I would provide a recap of the most popular PEDS and how you can get the same performance results in a healthy and natural way.  Note: Your body produces these substances naturally in the body, the key to optimum health and performance is to maintain a high quality & quantity of healthy blood through clean eating and controlled training efforts (volume, intensity and frequency). Drug: Erythropoietin (pronounced, ah-rith-ro-poy-tin, and abbreviated, EPO) What EPO Does Within the Body Erythropoietin (pronounced, ah-rith-ro-poy-tin, and abbreviated, EPO) is a relatively recent entry into the deceitful pursuit of glory. EPO is a protein hormone produced by the kidney. After being released into the blood stream it binds with receptors in the bone marrow, where it stimulates the production of red blood cells (erythrocytes). Medically, EPO is used to treat certain forms of anemia (e.g., due to chronic kidney failure). Logically, since EPO accelerates erythrocyte production it also increases oxygen carrying capacity. Side Effects of EPO: Death In the 1990s, there was a spate of sudden deaths associated within the cycling world associated with EPO: Marco Ceriani (16 years old), Johan Sermon (21 YO), Fabrice Salanson (23 YO), Marco Rusconi (24 YO), Jose Maria Jimenez (32), Denis Zanette (32 YO), Marco Pantani (34 YO), Michel Zanoli (35 YO).  This negative publicity was at least part of the reason for the clamping down on EPO use, which was rampant at the time.  The reason that EPO, and transfusion blood doping, is dangerous is because of increased blood viscosity. Basically, whole blood consists of red blood cells and plasma (water, proteins, etc.). The percentage of whole blood that is occupied by the red blood cells is referred to as, the hematocrit. A low hematocrit means dilute (thin) blood, and a high hematocrit mean concentrated (thick) blood. Above a certain hematocrit level whole blood can sludge and clog capillaries. If this happens in the brain it results in a stroke. In the heart, a heart attack. Unfortunately, this has happened to several elite athletes who have used EPO. EPO use is especially dangerous to athletes who exercise over prolonged periods. A well-conditioned endurance athlete is more dehydration resistant than a sedentary individual. The body accomplishes this by several methods, but one key component is to “hold on” to more water at rest. Circulating whole blood is one location in which this occurs and, thus, can function as a water reservoir. During demanding exercise, as fluid losses mount, water is shifted out of the blood stream (hematocrit rises). If one is already starting with an artificially elevated hematocrit then you can begin to see the problem -- it is a short trip to the critical “sludge zone”.

Additional dangers of EPO include sudden death during sleep, which has killed approximately 18 pro cyclists in the past fifteen years, and the development of antibodies directed against EPO. In this later circumstance, the individual develops anemia as a result of the body’s reaction against repeated EPO injections. There are some other reasons why cyclists might be predisposed to sudden death - riding at high intensities when carrying viral infections (as pro athletes tend to do) is one of them. And, as Ryan Shay, and a number of other high-profile cases have shown recently, sudden death is a tragic, but not completely uncommon event. There are reports that Nolf’s cardiogram was normal, but even that are not a guarantee of health, because those tests can often miss the quite rare conditions that cause sudden death in athletes. Source: click here How to improve the quality & production of red blood cells naturally With a balanced diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources, your body will produce the blood chemistry necessary to perform at an elite level.  Determining the optimal amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats that an individual need for optimal health and performance is beyond the scope of this article; however, I want you to know how to create healthy red blood cells.  Natural Eating Solution: eat high quality protein along with high quality brown bread with real butter.  The protein will provide your body with iron (helps form hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the bloodstream from the lungs to the muscles & brain) and the brown bread will provide you B vitamins (also referred to as Energy Vitamins).  An additional benefit of eating protein and brown bread is that the bread with improve your absorption of the iron.  Drug: Human Growth Hormone (hGH) What HGH Does Within the Body hGH is stored in a pea sized ball called the pituitary gland and is the primary stimulus to muscle & muscle strength, bone growth & bone strength, tendon growth & tendon strength, injury repair and mobilization of body fat for use as energy.    Warning: this gets technical, but necessary to fully understand this process.  The key to overall health and performance is to stimulate your own production of growth hormone and you accomplish this by stimulating the pituitary gland correctly.  The pituitary is stimulated to release growth hormone by another hormone circulation in the brain called somatocrinin.  Levels of somatocrinin can be increased by increasing levels of brain neurotransmitters.  These neurotransmitters are the chemicals that carry information from one nerve to another.  Their activity constitutes your mind, your consciousness and dreams.  To increase neurotransmitters, you have to get the amino acids that influence them past what is called the blood-brain barrier.  This concept is beyond the scope of this article, but what needs to be discussed here is an amino acid, Tryptophan, which is a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Serotonin is a compound that slows down brain activity during rest & sleep.  Shortly after you fall asleep, your pituitary gland releases a burst of growth hormone.   Source: Optimum Sports Nutrition, Dr. Michael Colgan. Side Effects of Synthetic hGH External side effects of synthetic hGH include: intense wrist nerve pain, diabetes, overgrowth of the facial bones, gaps between the teeth as the jawbone widens, development of a fatter nose, thickened bone above the eyes resembling an ape and excessive hair growth.  Internal side effects include stressed liver, thyroid & pancreas symptoms, diabetes and historically die prior to the age of 60.  How to improve the production of hGH naturally As mentioned above, the largest growth homone release occurs 30-60 minutes after falling asleep along with high intensity exercise (within moderate volume levels).  To take advantage of these normal physiological functions, racers need to increase the duration and quality of sleep and monitor exercise durations and intensity levels.  Ideally, racers should train twice daily, mid morning and early afternoon and take a nap immediately after training.  Remember, each time you rest, your body receives a burst of growth hormone naturally.  Natural Eating Solution: consume a high-quality smoothie that contains a high quality whey protein prior to sleeping and napping.  Research has shown that the production of hGH can improve by up to 300% when high quality whey protein is consumed before resting.  Drug: Testosterone What Testosterone Does Within the Body Testosterone has two distinct modes of action, androgenic (masculinizing) and anabolic (tissue building).  Up to a certain level of testosterone in your body, a level that varies widely with biochemical individuality, the androgenic action produces more maleness, broader features, more hair, deeper voice, and larger sex organs.  Along with it, the anabolic action produces larger muscles and greater strength. 

Side Effects of Synthetic or Excessive Testosterone If you take synthetic or excessive testosterone, the androgenic action turns nasty (aggression, violent anxiety, paranoia, and manic-depressive reactions).  Additional negative side effects are irreversible baldness, overgrowth of the prostate, (which chokes the bladder and requires a catheter in order to urinate), acne (the blood fails to contain the excess hormone and overloads the sebaceous glands), impotence, shrinkage of testicles, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  How to improve the production of testosterone naturally Sleep 8-10 hours; eat high quality fruits, vegetables and high-quality protein.  Control your exercise intensity & volume to avoid over stressing your body.  Natural Eating Solution: eat foods that are high in boron, zinc, vitamin C, branched chain amino acids and maximize the release of growth hormone.    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestion for a future article, hit me up on the comments section below. I enjoy hearing from you. Oh, and don't forget to tap that "Follow" button so that you're notified when I post new tips on reaching your highest potential. Coach Robb Beams
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MotoE-Coach Robb Newsletter

The October MotoE-Coach Robb Newsletter is now available for download.  CLICK HERE and learn: 1. Planning for the 2018 season of riding and racing. 2. How much fluid should you consume on a daily basis? 3. How to build lean muscle mass? 4. Why you are exercising but still gaining weight?  5 How to deal with post race depression. 6. Difference between a pain site and a pain source.  7. The importance of building an aerobic base. If you would like to receive Coach Robb's newsletter monthly in your email, please visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com and subscribe at the top of the landing page.   Yours in sport and health, -Coach Robb Note: If the link above doesn't work for you, please copy and paste the following into your browser: http://conta.cc/2gkBdVZ  

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MotoE Performance Newsletter - March Issue

Click Here for the latest MotoE Performance Newsletter.  Within this issue: Power of Protein Part 2 - Avoid Cramping & Fatigue and more! If you are looking for a complete nutritional and performance program (to improve speed, endurance, drop fat and build muscle), please visit CompleteRacingSolutions.com. Yours in health and sport, -Coach Robb    

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MOTOE IS EXPANDING AND HAS $156,000 IN SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE FOR THE 2018 AMATEUR RACING SEASON!

MotoE is once again opening and expanding its amateur racing sponsorship program for the 2018 race season beginning November 20th2017.   Due to the success of both the MotoE Factory and Co-Factory Teams experienced in 2017, the 2018 sponsorship program will double in size and continue to consist of two levels of sponsorship: Full Factory & Co-Factory. Each rider chosen for the MotoE Factory Team (total of 6 riders) will receive 100% of their coaching fees covered (a $10,000 annual value) along with significant discounts on Coach Robb’s Nutritionally Green performance nutrition products including his extremely popular Energy Fuel.  MotoE Co-Factory Team members (total of 20 riders) will receive 80% off their coaching fees covered (a $4,800 annual value), as well as discounts on Coach Robb’s nutrition products. Both Factory and Co-Factory Teams are being doubled in size for the 2018 season.  “Last season we received just over 2200 resumes for our Co-Factory Team so we wanted to expand our sponsorship level to provide more riders the opportunity to gain access to our championship proven nutritional, performance and mental programs used by some of today’s top professionals and amateur national champions,” states MotoE Founder and Director of Human Performance Services, Robb Beams.  "In 2017 the MotoE Factory team consisting of Jake Pinhancos, Joshua Gibbs and Stilez Robertson who dedicated themselves to the program resulted in multiple championships, as well as performances that were far above what we had projected for the 2017 race season,” commented Beams. "Our Co-Factory Team development vision was to improve the rider’s strength, endurance and overall speed to make them eligible for the MotoE Factory Team and ultimately a factory ride with a reputable team,” he added.  This vison became reality when long time team member Isaac Teasdale was recently signed to the Babbitt’s/Monster Kawasaki AX Lites Team for the 2018 season. “Our focus again in 2018 is to provide amateur riders all over the world access to the same MotoE Blueprint of Success Performance Program that was created and implemented with our top amateurs and professionals over the last 33 years. Improving the rider’s speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, lean body mass and mental preparation to handle the physical and mental demands of high profile amateur racing will continue to be our focus,” says Beams. Applications will be reviewed and accepted thru December 29th 2017. Riders will be notified of their sponsorship level by January 5th2018 and will begin receiving their MotoE Blueprint for Success Performance Program the week of January 8th 2018. If you are dedicated to doing what is necessary to be a top amateur racer and possibly an amateur national champion (in any class), submit your updated race resume and 2018 race schedule for review to Contact@CoachRobb.com. No matter what class you race, where you race, or your past results, all resumes will be reviewed! MotoE (the world’s largest and most successful Human Performance Company) is a complete Motocross Performance Training company with a vision of developing good racers into championship level racers through proven nutrition, mental, fitness and performance programs. Led by Head Coach and Founder, Robb Beams, MotoE offers 33 years of success including four-time supercross and three-time motocross champion Ryan Dungey, and current pro riders Jeremy Martin, Adam Ciancirulio, Alex Martin, Isaac Teasdale, Tristan Charboneau and Mitchell Harrison.  Current top amateur riders developed by MotoE’s Performance & Nutritional Program include Jordan Bailey, Lance Kobush, Jake Pinhancos, Stilez Robertson, Joshua Guffey and Dylan Greer. For more information, visit www.CompleteRacingSolutions.com

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MotoE - Fueling for Performance Bundle Now Available!

Frustrated with trying to figure out what or when to eat and drink during your athletic training and racing? Cramping? Bonking? Feeling tired all the time? Whether you’re a national champion or weekend warrior, this workshop is designed for every type of racer. MotoE founder, Coach Robb applies his 34 years of experience as a nutrition and performance coach to provide proven solutions to the most common nutrition and hydration frustrations. You will walk away with: ▶ Customized nutritional & hydration strategy for improved strength to weight ratios, speed & endurance ▶ Proven process for determining what you need to eat & drink (and how often) during training and racing ▶ Clear understanding of what foods aid in muscle recovery and support your adrenal and immune systems Order Here - CLICK HERE Get a sneak peek of the presentation here:      

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Low Back Pain: Strength or Flexibility?

When you are riding or racing and your lower back begins to fatigue and ultimately become sore, your position on the bike naturally adjusts to accommodate the pain (actually trying to alleviate the pain) but results in bad body position as outlined by Gary Semics. The big question that arises when this happens is should the rider become stronger or work on flexibility? The answer is YES to both. Over the last 29 years, I have seen lack of flexibility be the cause of both bad body position on the bike and consistent back pain. Here is the reason why. Imagine you and another person are pulling on a rope, unless one of you take a step closer to one another, you are not going to release the tension within the rope. If you both keep pulling on the rope, one (or both) of you will keep making adjustments in your stance to keep from falling over, this is EXACTLY what happens within the muscles. This week, lets break down Flexibility When it comes to increasing your flexibility in your back, refrain from stretching your back! Sounds odd, but let's take a look at the way the muscles attach to the bones. Quadriceps (muscle in the front of your legs) When you quadriceps (the muscles in the front of your legs) are tight, they "pull" on the top of your hip bones which tilts your pelvis forward. When this happens, your lower back now has a "bend" in it which puts a tremendous amount of stress within the muscles that run along your spine (the erector spinae muscles). Glutes (butt muscles) Your glutes (butt muscles) are a very strong group of muscles (glutes maximus and minimus) that serve numerous stabilization purposes. Hamstrings (back of your legs below your butt) The hamstrings work in conjunction with the quadriceps to stabilize the knee. However, just like the quads, when the hamstrings become tight, they pull down on the pelvis but tilt the pelvis backwards. When the hamstrings pull down, they over lengthen the quads and create muscle tightness in the lower back again. Please don't let this become confusing, picture the pelvis tilting forwards and backwards. If the muscles on either the front or the back of the pelvis become tight, the joints around the muscle group become fatigued and eventually sore. So with this being said, let's begin getting the muscles in your legs and glutes loosened up before we introduce any strength exercises. After a 10 minute warm up, and implement stretches #1-7 single muscle stretches. If you have a foam roller, please and implement the first six foam roller exercises. Next week we will look at some strength exercises that you can implement to improve your strength and endurance for riding and racing. -Coach Robb If you'd like to follow my blog, click the "follow this blog" button in the upper right.

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