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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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KETOGENIC DIET & INTERMITTENT FASTING: DO THEY WORK? - PODCAST #23

During this Coach Robb Podcast I shed some insight into how the Ketogenic Diet (a.k.a. Keto Diet) originated and how this suggested way of eating has some immediate benefits, but also long-term consequences. I also discussed the similarities of the Keto Diet and past “popular diets and systems” that focus on one element of nutrition, take it out of context, and market that element as a brand new idea that is revolutionizing the way humans should eat to shed body fat and improve performance. As they say, everything old becomes new again, and after listening, you will see how there is a much simpler and sustainable way to eat to drop those unwanted pounds of body fat without sacrificing your foundation of health and wellness. During the second half of the podcast, I explain what intermittent fasting is and how the body adjusts and adapts to short periods of complete fasting (eating no calories at all). In addition to the pros and cons of intermittent fasting, I explain that if you implement fasting, of any duration, at the wrong time, the consequences could be quite substantial. If you have read about fasting and wondered if this process is good for you, grab a piece of paper and jot down some notes. The decision to fast has many implications beyond what it does to the body during the fast. You also need to understand the timing of the fasting process to avoid detrimental long-term results. Listeners questions include: What do I do if eating prior to exercise and/or racing makes me sick to my stomach? Why does training in the heat makes it difficult to drop body fat? How does a warm-up and cool down improve performance? What are the hierarchy of needs relevant to overall health and performance? What can I do to reduce cholesterol levels naturally?
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Arm Pump: Fact or Fiction? (video)

If you struggle with the dreaded arm pump symptoms while riding or racing, please watch this video to understand what is going on. You may be surprised about what is the source of this dreaded pain! Next week I will show you how you can easily reduce these symptoms, so be sure to click the "follow this blog" button in the upper-right. If you have any questions, feel free to submit them in comments section below. I'll do my best to respond to your questions and concerns. Yours in sport and health, -Coach Robb If you would like to follow my blog, please click the "Follow this Blog" button in the upper right.

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Coach Robb Podcast: POST-RACE DEPRESSION & HOW TO AVOID THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF OVER TRAINING

Podcast #21 POST-RACE DEPRESSION – HOW TO AVOID THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF OVER TRAINING Over the last 34 years of coaching, I have has seen countless cases of post-race depression. This is not a subject that I take lightly and in this podcast I explain why it happens, as well as providing some very important steps you can take to help offset the symptoms. **Note: if you are dealing with depression, I strongly urges you to seek professional help immediately! ** I also outline what over training is, how to identify if you are on the path to over training, along with four specific questions you must answer to keep it from happening again. Grab a piece of paper and jot down the blueprint as I walk you the necessary steps to elevate your health, wellness and performance without having any future performance setbacks. Listeners questions include: What is the difference between electrolytes and calories in a sports drink; When should I resume training after muscle soreness, Tips to keeping Energy Fuel cold during long workouts, Can you drink Energy Fuel with dinner, and the fine line between being too technical and not technical enough. If you have any questions or frustrations, please post them below and we will address them directly here on TT!   Thanks for listening. Coach Robb
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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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Don't Stretch Prior to Exercise

I posted another video that I did back during the summer about this subject and it created quite a disturbance with a few of you! Please watch this slightly more detailed video about the importance of a warm up prior to exercise. I am confused why some think that this concept is BS? When you think about how the body protects itself (keeping the majority of the blood in around the heart and spine while resting) why does sport specific exercise at a low intensity prior to a workout so far fetched? If you try to bend anything that is cold, it is more prone to snapping - think about this. To test the stretch reflex that I am discussing put your right leg up on a chair and lock your knee out and bend over and try to touch your toes. When you feel that "strain" behind your knee you will understand the stretch reflex. When you add sport specific movement, the muscle tissue warms up (because of friction), the blood vessels open up and the muscle's is more receptive to stretching and increasing it's range of motion. When you watch professional athletes stretch, they don't stretch until they have implemented some sport specific and/or dynamic movements first. Please post any thoughts - concerns or questions that you may have regarding this topic. I picked up injured athletes from other coaches who "stretched prior to exercise" and actually tore the tissue they were striving to lengthen - and I don't want this to happen to you! I have been doing this type of work for 29 years and have never had someone become injured from stretching when they preceded stretching with sport specific exercise, dynamic movements and foam rolling. Yours in sport and health, -Coach Robb If you would like to follow my blog, please click the "Follow this Blog" button in the upper right.

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15 Simple Foods to Fuel Your Workouts and Races

When it comes to getting faster and having better endurance, nothing creates more confusion than what to eat and when. I receive close to three hundred emails a day, and I would say that 25% of them pertain to nutrition and hydration. With the internet being the go to source for most everyone, the conflicting claims about carbs, protein and fat have left most people frustrated.   As stated by Liz Applegate, Ph.D “most supermarkets stock more than 30,000 items, yet every time we race up and down the aisles of the grocery store, we toss into our carts the same 10 to 15 foods. Which isn't such a bad thing, as long as you're taking home the right foods -- ones that will build muscle, burn fat and fuel your workouts. These 15 foods fit the bill -- add these to your must-buy list:”   Almonds These are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that many of us fall short on because there are so few good food sources of it. And the form of vitamin E found in the nuts, called gamma-tocopherol (a form not typically found in supplements), may also help protect against cancer.   Eggs One egg fulfills about 10 percent of your daily protein needs. Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery.   Sweet Potatoes Just a single 100-calorie sweet potato supplies over 250 percent of the DV for vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and the two trace minerals manganese and copper.   Whole-Grain Cereal with Protein Look for whole-grain cereals that offer at least five grams of fiber and at least eight grams of protein. If you pour on a cup of milk or soymilk, you'll get 30 to 40 percent of your protein needs in one bowl.   Oranges Each oranges supply over 100 percent of the DV for the antioxidant vitamin C, and a recent study from the University of North Carolina Greensboro showed that taking vitamin C supplements for two weeks prior to challenging arm exercises helped alleviate muscle soreness.   Canned Black Beans One cup of these beauties provides 30 percent of the DV for protein, almost 60 percent of the DV for fiber (much of it as the cholesterol-lowering soluble type), and 60 percent of the DV for folate, a B vitamin that plays a key role in heart health and circulation.   Mixed Salad Greens Rather than selecting one type of lettuce for your salad, choose mixed greens, which typically offer five or more colorful delicate greens such as radicchio, butter leaf, curly endive, and mache. Each variety offers a unique blend of phytonutrients that research suggests may fend off age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.   Salmon Besides being an excellent source of high-quality protein (you get about 30 grams in a four-ounce serving), salmon is one of the best food sources of omega-3 fats. These essential fats help balance the body's inflammation response, a bodily function that when disturbed appears to be linked to many diseases including asthma.   Whole-Grain Bread Whole-grain bread may help the weight-conscious. One study showed that women who eat whole-grain bread weigh less than those who eat refined white bread and other grains.   Frozen Stir-Fry Vegetables Research shows that eating a combination of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and vitamin C, may lessen muscle soreness after hard workouts by reducing the inflammation caused by free-radical damage.   Whole-Grain Pasta Whole-grain versions are a must over refined pastas because they contain more fiber to fill you up, additional B vitamins that are crucial to energy metabolism, and disease-fighting compounds such as lignans.   Chicken Along with protein, chicken contains selenium, a trace element that helps protect muscles from the free-radical damage that can occur during exercise, and niacin, a B vitamin that helps regulate fat burning during exercise.   Frozen Mixed Berries The colorful compounds that make blueberries blue, blackberries deep purple, and raspberries a rich shade of red are called anthocyanins--a powerful group of antioxidants that may help stave off Alzheimer's disease and some cancers.   Dark Chocolate Chocolate contains potent antioxidants called flavonols that can boost heart health. In one study, a group of soccer players had lower blood pressure and total cholesterol levels, and less artery-clogging LDL cholesterol after just two weeks of eating chocolate daily. Other research suggests that the chocolate flavonols ease inflammation and help prevent blood substances from becoming sticky, which lowers the risk of potential blood clots.   Greek Yogurt Besides being a good source of protein and calcium (one cup provides 13 grams of protein and 40 percent of the DV for calcium), yogurt with live cultures provides the healthy bacteria your digestive tract needs to function optimally.  
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.

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Coach Robb

 

Improve your Speed & Endurance by Dropping Some Body Fat

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how to improve speed and endurance on the bike and my answer is always "drop some body fat". When you carry around unwanted body fat, your muscles have to work harder to complete the same amount of work. Fat insulates your body which makes you over-heat, another energy robbing component to your riding and racing. When you decrease your body fat, you immediately improve your VO2 Max number (a sports science number that dictates your ability to utilize oxygen, the higher the number, the better). Here are four simple steps to decreasing your body fat. Four Ways to Decrease Body Fat 1. Weight training is the key to weight loss. Building a foundation of lean muscle will provide you fat burning centers found in the muscle spindle cells that is created and enhanced with loadbearing exercises like strength training. 2. Feed your gains with protein. People often skip protein intake immediately after they exercise, thinking that they will save 200 to 300 calories. However, a high-quality shot of protein – specifically amino acids, will accelerate lean muscle growth and muscle repair post exercise. The more lean muscle you build the more efficient you are at burning body fat. 3. Determine your physical and mental limiters by completing a strength and cardiovascular assessments (sport specific). Establish specific goals and objectives for the next three, six, and 12 months that will help you eliminate your physical limiters. Research indicates that eight workouts per month is the minimum required to stick to a fitness plan. The more frequently you exercise, the better the odds are that you that your initial effort will turn into a habit. Being mentally focused will help you maintain your motivation levels. 4. If you have been away from training (i.e. off season, illness or injury), ease back into strength training and cardiovascular fitness slowly. Many people try to resume or pick up where they left off when they exercised in the past. This only results in excessively sore muscles, stressed joints, and a negative mental outlook on working out. When you begin your strength exercises, choose a load level that's extremely easy to lift for 8 to 10 reps for two sets. Complete that same amount of weight and reps for three weeks to allow your body adequate time to adjust and adapt (I refer to this as the Anatomical Adaptation Stage). For your cardiovascular exercise, keep your duration less than 30 minutes and keep your intensity low – you should be able to pass the talk test, which is where you could talk to someone else or sing to yourself while exercising without becoming winded. If you have any questions or need anything clarified, please don't hesitate to post a comment below. Until next time, Train 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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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.

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How Rest Improves Your Speed & Endurance

Exercise is a great habit to have within your daily life; however, when it becomes an obsession it can actually become counter-productive to your overall health.  Excessive training (in the form of volume and/or intensity) without adequate rest causes the body to become "numb" to external indicators of over training such as mood swings, simple sugar cravings, interrupted sleep, loss of sex drive, loss of body weight, suppressed appetite and an elevated resting heart rate. Research indicates that after 12 weeks of consistent training, Cytochome C (a mitochondrial enzyme involved in the production of energy at a cellular level), reaches a peak and then beings to decline. In addition to Cytochrome C levels, so does your maximum oxygen uptake (also known as your VO2 Max.).  At this point, the body must be allowed to rest and re-group for continued progress.
Give it a rest! 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 - cell mitochondria swell, metabolic wastes accumulate, essential nutrients (particularly electrolytes and stored glycogen) deplete, and muscle tissue is torn.  This tearing is known as microtrauma 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 the 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 maximum improvements in your overall health and ultimately your performance.  Consistent training without physical or mental setbacks provides the foundation for your body absorb your training volumes.  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 new levels of performance. The key to overcoming your fear of taking time off is to understand how much it will help, rather than hinder, your 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, the next time you see a recovery workout on your schedule, don't ignore it! Remember, that rest allows your body to recover, rebuild, and ultimately become stronger.
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Human Performance Expert
 

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Coach Robb's Quick Tips: Should you supplement to ride your best?

I received a phone call from a rider who wanted to know if taking vitamins was going to help him recover from Epstein Barr.   The answer is maybe.   The key to any level of health, wellness and ultimately performance is consistent intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Nutrition is literally that simple. Supplementation is designed to "supplement" your raw food intake - if you are not getting enough, supplement with some extra.   I only recommend that supplementation become part of a riders program when the rider is burning up more of a certain trace mineral or vitamin during riding, racing and cross training. The way I determine if a rider needs additional supplementation is to have a full blood panel drawn and evaluated. Please note, when you receive your blood panel back, the ranges that are denoted as "good" are only a range that represents the absence of disease. Your numbers need to be based on true health and performance! If you don't have a qualified person available to read your blood results, please forward me a copy and I will have it reviewed by a qualified physician who understands the demands of riding and racing.   Please email me if you have any questions or need anything clarified.
-Coach Robb     If you would like to follow my blog, please click the "Follow this Blog" button in the upper right.

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Beat the heat! Rider's guide on proper hydration for max performance

This article is in addition to the last three articles where we broke down fats, protein and carbohydrates as it related to health, wellness and ultimately performance. Proper hydration is one of the “easiest” nutritional components to implement, yields huge performance gains but is still one of the most misunderstood and neglected component of a nutritional program.   The Importance of Hydration   Here are some statistics to shed some light on the incredible importance of being properly hydrated:   The average human body consists of 96 pints of water (64 pints inside the cells & 32 pints in the blood, lymphatic & digestive juices) Brain: 75% water Bone: 20-30% water Body Fat: 10% water Digestive Juices: 86% Blood 85% Muscle: 70%

And in my opinion, the most staggering statistic is relevant to muscle strength; a muscle that is dehydrated by only 3% can lose up to 10% of its strength and 8% loss of speed! The potential for optimum levels of performance literally dries up!  
Core Body Temperature   When your body is running low on proper water levels within any system of your body: lymphatic, digestive, circulatory, etc. your athletic performance is negatively affected. The most detrimental is the ability to avoidoverheating.   Exercise (or more specifically any form of movement) creates heat within the muscles; the higher the intensity the hotter your body becomes. When this happens, your body’s metabolic systems move into over drive to maintain 98.6 degrees (your core body temperature while you are at rest). As your core body temperature increases, your body moves this increased internal heat to the skin via your blood. The performance issue is associated with your bloods responsibility to deliver oxygen, nutrition to your working muscles and the transfer of metabolic waste of your working muscles. Outside of 98-100 degrees and your body will automatically sacrifice muscle contraction for regulation of core body temperature. Think about it this way, a reduction in muscle function, even immobility isn’t life threatening; however, if your core body temperature rises more than 9 degrees Fahrenheit, normal biochemistry ceases and you can die.   Simple Steps to Properly Hydrate   Daily Tips:   > Strive to consume half of your body weight in ounces of cold filtered water (For example: 150 pound athlete divided by 2 = 75 ounces per day).   > Keep a post it note of how many water bottles you consume throughout the day or put a black marker hash mark on your disposable water bottle to indicate how many times you have re-filled it.   > Drink cold fluids: this has been documented to absorb quicker and helps pull down your core temperature.   > Avoid carbonated water and sodas; they slow down the absorption of water.   > Consume complex carbohydrates - fruits & vegetables at every meal and snack:
- In addition to vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are high in water and electrolytes
- To store sugar in your liver & muscles for energy, your body stores 2.7 grams of water – this is  
During exercise:   > Refrain from waiting until you become thirsty – you are already dehydrated [Note: the sensation of thirst, regulated by hypothalamus in your brain, occurs due to the lower concentration of water in the blood.].   > Consume a sports drink that has a 5-7% carbohydrate ratio for optimum absorption.   > Consume 8-10 ounces every 15 minutes throughout exercise.   > Sip your fluids versus gulping to avoid the ingestion of air.   > Know your sweat rate: your goal is to lose no more than 2% (dehydrated) and no less than 1% (overhydrated). If you haven’t received a copy of our MotoE Sweat Rate Calculator, please email me and I will send one over to you.   > Test your hydration volumes, intake frequency and carbohydrate concentration in training and under the same conditions (temperature & humidity) as your race.   Post exercise:   > Consume a carbohydrate and protein liquid drink within the first 20 minutes of finishing.   > Avoid juices, especially citrus juice, this will only add to your stomach acidity which will increase your chance of cramping and feeling nauseated.   > Continue to sip on your sports drink to help replenish depleted electrolytes and sugar storages.   Until next time, Train Smart-Not Hard!   Coach Robb
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5 Simple Things That Will Improve Your Riding Sessions and Racing!

Eat Prior to Working Out Eat soon before you head out and you could be plagued with G.I. (gastro-intestinal) issues. But if your last snack or meal was 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 riding session or cross training work out. 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 to provide your brain and muscles the easily absorbable carbohydrates and electrolytes necessary for optimum performance.   Foam Rolling Use a foam roller before your pre-ride or work out stretching. 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. Riding & cross 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 There are three physiological benefits to an effective warm up. First, 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 a riding or cross training session, 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.   Ice your pain When to apply ice depends on the injury. If the pain is chronic, here's the best post workout sequence; foam roll, static stretch, ice. But for acute pain (less than 72 hours since incident), skip foam rolling & stretching and ice immediately. The quicker you ice, the faster you slow down inflammation. Do a 5 minute on-off cycle as much as possible during the first 72 hours after injury. NOTE: Refrain from applying heat to the aggravated/injured for the first 72 hours – this will only increase the inflammation process.   Yours in health and sport, -Coach Robb (CompleteRacingSolutions.com)   

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5 Food Buzz Words That Make You Think You're Eating Healthy (but you're not!)

What looks like a healthy choice on the outside (and marketed accordingly) isn't always what it's wrapped up to be on the inside. Here's 5 food marketing buzz words that sound oh so good until you peel back the covers for a better look: Made with real fruit Reality: there are no regulations around this claim, according to Joy Dubost, PhD (spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics).  She provides a simple example.  Consider Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Mixed Berry.  Sounds like a relatively healthy snack.  But the "made-with-real-fruit" filling contains puree concentrate (made with sugar) of blueberries, strawberries, apples and raspberries. Solution: the lower a fruit is listed in the ingredient panel, the less the product contains.  If you want to reap the benefits (vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, water, electrolytes) of eating fruit, consume a piece of in season fruit every time you sit down to snack and/or have a meal.  Lightly Sweetened Reality: Unlike “sugar-free” and “no added sugars”, this claim isn’t regulated by the FDA.  It is easy to be fooled.  A simple example is Wheaties Fuel, a cereal that is marketed specifically to athletes and carries the lightly sweetened label; however, it contains more sugar per ¾ cup serving than the same amount of Froot Loops. Solution: again, read the nutritional panels.  Avoid products that have sugar within the first five ingredients (Note: also look for words ending in –ose (sucralose, fructose), these are all sugars and should be avoided because they are synthetic sugars).  Gluten Free Reality: To make this claim, a product must be made without wheat, barley or rye.  But there have been reports of cross-contamination with gluten-containing grains during growing or manufacturing says Pamela Cureton, RD at the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Solution: look for a seal from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, the Celiac Sprue Association or the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness which test products to ensure they have not gluten.  Added Fiber Reality: though products with this claim do actually pack additional fiber – often listed as polydextrose, inulin (derived from chicory root), or maltodextrin – it’s unknown whether consuming them has the same benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, as the fiber found naturally in whole foods.  Solution: it is okay to consume added fiber (often found in cereal, yogurt and energy bars), but too much can cause a derailing bellyache.  Strive to consume 14 grams per 1,000 calories as a general rule of thumb. Wild Rice Reality: “True wild rice comes from a plant that’s indigenous to certain lakes and rivers in the Midwest and Canada,” says Peter David, wildlife biologist at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in Wisconsin.  “Most people eat the kind produced out of California, which may be treated with chemicals. Solution: look for the plant name Zizania palustris on the ingredient panel.  It packs four times the amount of protein, 73 times the potassium, and 12 times the fiber per serving as its impostor. Learning what to look for in your food for optimum health, wellness and ultimately performance…another piece to help you Work Smart, Not Hard!
Yours in sport & health, -Coach Robb, Coaches and Staff CompleteRacingSolutions.com

 

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Coach Robb Podcast #26 - The Difference Between Epstein Barr, Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Coach Robb Podcast - #26 - The Difference Between Epstein Barr, Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are you struggling with fatigue, can’t lose those last 10 pounds, not sleeping at night, have poor concentration, experiencing body aches…. (just to mention a few)? Have you sought professional help only to be made to feel like you are losing your mind and it is all in your head?  Well the truth is there is a process associated with fatigue and during this podcast Coach Robb walks you through the symptoms, causes and a few ideas on how to turn your miserable conditions around. Over the last 34 years, Coach Robb has received thousands of emails from individuals all around the world who struggle with fatigue – both mentally and physically.  In this podcast Coach Robb walks through a concept he refers to as the “Flow Pattern of Fatigue”.  He explains how fatigue can manifest itself in the way of a virus, then overload your adrenal system and eventually result in a condition commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as discuss the pivotal differences between this condition, adrenal fatigue and Epstein Barr. After listening to this podcast, you will have a better understanding of where your symptoms originated, why your body is struggling and three specific steps to begin turning your symptoms around.  
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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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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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4 Easy Ways To Improve Your Speed, Strength and Endurance in 8 Weeks!

In attempt to make up for lost time associated with winter, athletes & riders have a tendency to get a little over zealous during early season workouts which frequently produces injuries, sickness and performance frustrations. Implementing these 4 components will maximize your speed, strength and endurance in 8 weeks or less!   Identify and Eliminate Your Weaknesses
“Race your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses” is the motto that I say to all of my clients because as humans, we spend the majority of our time doing things that we like & what we are good at. To make the greatest progress within your training program, you must identify what you are NOT good at and start there. Establish where you are physically lacking – muscular strength, endurance, lactate tolerance and don’t forget the non-sweating disciplines of flexibility, nutrition and realistic goal setting; begin where you are the weakest or have room for the most improvement (relevant to your personal goals). Early season/baseline testing will help pinpoint your weaknesses as well as capture your current maximum heart rate for that specific discipline (see below).   If you don’t know how to identify your physical weaknesses, please email me at Robb@CoachRobb.com and I will send you some protocols (specific to your goals) to help you identify your physical weaknesses. Please include your specific goals in your email to ensure that I send you relevant assessment protocols.   Avoid Training Yourself into Exhaustion
By not knowing how hard you are actually training (verses perceived exertion), athletes run the risk of injury & burnout. Actual intensity levels need to be monitored with a heart rate monitor to ensure that you are training within your aerobic zone for the majority (not all) of your early season efforts. Please note that you must establish your heart rate training zones for each discipline that you train. For example, if you utilize the Concept 2 rower as a cross training tool, you cannot use your heart rate zones from the bicycle – more muscles are engaged during rowing than cycling which results in a different max heart rate number and associated heart rate zones. Over my last 22 years of coaching, I have seen the use of generic formulas (for example, 220-age) have a margin of error as high as 30-50%. The assessment of your pre-season max heart rate can be captured with a simple pre-season max heart rate assessment.   If you would like some assistance determining your accurate heart rate zones, please email me at Robb@CoachRobb.com and I will send you a copy of my sport specific Max Heart Rate Assessment and Heart Rate Spreadsheet so you can create your personalized heart rate zones to maximize your training efforts. Please include all sports that you currently train and race (specifically race distances/durations) so that I can provide you accurate assessment protocols.   Improve Your Power and Endurance without Sweating
Chiropractic care, massage therapy, trigger point therapy and hydro-therapy are that should be a part of every athlete’s routine for one simple reason: tight muscles pull bones out of alignment; misaligned bones keep muscles tight. If you visit a massage therapist and the attachments of the muscles are out of line, it is the same as if you pulled the ends of a rubber band far apart, no matter how much you rub the center, the band is still tight. You have to get the attachments of the muscles to the correct position before you will get the tension out of the muscle. The reverse is true as well. If you get an adjustment and the muscles are tight, the muscles will simply pull the bones back out of alignment. Lining up the spine and removing tension within the muscles will result in better strength and improved endurance.   Trigger points are the “knots” that you feel within the muscle tissue. These knots need to be removed before they become a chronic pain site along with the source of a muscle tear. Just like a piece of rope, a knot becomes the weakest point of the muscle tissue and needs to be addressed on a daily basis. Please implement these trigger point therapy exercises daily to improve your range of motion within a muscle.   Hydro therapy is the use of hot and cold to relax and facilitate recovery within a muscle tissue. Hot water will vasodilate (open up the blood vessels) and bring fresh blood flow to muscle tissue. Cold water will vaso-constrict (close up the blood vessels) and off set inflammation within the muscle tissue. By switching between hot water (ideally a Jacuzzi tub) and an ice bath (painful thought I realize!) you will reap big rewards when it comes to a faster recovery and improved muscle flexibility. Protocol suggestion: 10 minutes hot – 10 minutes cold – 10 minutes ambient air temperature while foam rolling.   Smart Eating Habits Produce Faster Speeds and Improve Endurance
Hands down, NOTHING will improve your speed and endurance faster than eating smart and staying hydrated!   What to eat, how much to eat and when to eat has become a big convoluted mess thanks to social media and the internet; however, it isn’t difficult at all. Simply shop the perimeter of the grocery store where you will find fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources. Every two hours strive to eat one to two pieces of fruit and vegetables and 3-5 ounces of lean protein along with 10-16 ounces of cold water. That’s it – that simple!   The lean protein that you consume will repair any muscle tissue damage associated with training as well as improve your immune system. The fruits and vegetables will provide your body the necessary vitamins and minerals necessary to support your cardiovascular efforts, immune system as well as provide the catalysts necessary to produce energy.   If you would like to see how powerful eating is, please email me at Robb@CoachRobb.com and ask for my 2 Week Food Challenge. This challenge is designed to stabilize your bloods sugar levels and help you see how quickly the food you ingest influences your energy levels and performance (of all intensities and duration's).   Yours in sport and health,   -Coach Robb  

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5 Most Common Mistakes on Race Day and How to Avoid Them!

Before we review the five most common mistake that a rider needs to avoid, let’s take a brief look at the physiological demands put on a rider during riding and racing. First, a rider has to “teach” the body to conserve glycogen and burn fatty acids as a primary fuel source.  Note, the higher the riding intensity level, the more glycogen (aka stored carbohydrates) your body burns.  The downside to higher intensity and the utilization of stored glycogen, is that your body only stores about 60-80 minutes of glycogen within the muscles – not enough to finish strong, hence the need to prepare and train properly (which will be outlined below).  With this in mind, it is imperative that the racer focus on maximizing his or her aerobic capacity, both on and off of the motorcycle.   When this is implemented properly, the following physiological adaptations take place (which results in better endurance and overall speed): -  Improved delivery of oxygen to the working muscles -  Lower overall heart rate due to the increased stroke volume of the heart -  Improved elimination of lactic acid (a by product of burning carbohydrates) -  Increased number of mitochondria (remember in school: “The power house of the cell” In my opinion, one of the most beneficial by-products of endurance training is that it prepares the rider for the psychological demands of racing – especially late in the race when mental focus can make the difference between 1st and 5th place.  When you teach yourself to stay mentally sharp, you the rider will be able to make the necessary decisions that will build upon themselves throughout the race.  Here’s how.  When you don’t mentally drift off, you will consistently consume the necessary fluids and calories (ideally every 15-20 minutes) which will result in stabilized blood sugar levels.  When your blood sugar levels are optimized, your brain has the necessary “fuel” to implement the proper techniques that you have worked hard to incorporate into your riding.  These proper techniques lead to faster speeds which your brain has to process efficiently throughout the entire race.  If your brain runs out of fuel, you will find yourself missing your important lines, resulting in slower average speeds and ultimately more work and fatigue on your body as it fights the non-optimal lines.  You can see how this becomes a problem quite quickly.  Here are few things you want to avoid to enjoy your riding and/or improve your race results: Mistake #1: Deviating from your regular routine When it comes to getting the body warmed up sufficiently and properly, it needs to be subjected to the same exercise protocols that are used in training when away from the track. For example, it doesn't make any sense to expect a bicycle to be a sufficient warm-up tool if you're using something like the Concept 2 rower in your every day workouts. You also need to consider intensity levels. We don't want the intensity to be so high during the warm-up that is that it ends up leaving the body tired, but we also don't want the heart rate to not rise to a level that starts to produce and activate the lactic acid shuffle. What we see is either riders are using the wrong tools to warm up or they're warming up at too high of an intensity. Mistake #2: Coming to the starting line dehydrated or under nourished When you sleep at night; your body pulls the necessary glycogen (which is sugar) from your liver to sustain your brain functions during the night. Then when you wake up in the morning and put demands on the muscles, the energy necessary comes from the glycogen that's been stored within the belly of the muscle tissue. The challenge that we have on race day is the duration of time since your last meal - sometimes between 12 to 15 hours. Think about race weekends: you're going to be racing on Sunday morning and practice or racing begins at 7:00 am. Let’s say that you ate dinner at 6:00pm Saturday night and you wake up at 6:00am Sunday morning, that's 12 hours since your last meal.  To put it in perspective, imagine that if you ate your morning breakfast at 8:00 in the morning, but then you didn't eat dinner until 8:00 pm and you had no snacks or any meals in between that timeframe, you'd be extremely hungry. But for some reason (whether we chalk it up to a nervous stomach or we're afraid that we're going to get cramps) we don't take the time to eat a good-sized meal early enough so the muscle glycogen is already at a deficit before the gate drops. When you add high intensity racing, which tends to drain the glycogen from the tissue very quickly, and you can see why riders have a tendency to fade quickly or miss simple lines – all because the blood sugar levels within the rider is too low.  Frequently this fade or silly mistake syndrome is blamed on a lack of fitness, but rather, should be attributed to low blood sugar levels.  Mistake #3: Lack of a post-race recovery routine When you come off the race track, there's an enzyme that helps you replenish glycogen within the muscle and the liver called the Glycogen Synthase Enzyme.  You've got about 20 to 30 minutes where that enzyme is at its highest level, so when a riders comes off the track, the first thing they need to be focusing on is the replenishment of depleted glycogen. For example, if you took a bit of oil out of the engine after each lap, you wouldn’t expect the engine to still be running strong at the end of the race.  The idea here is that every lap depletes some level of glycogen (the exact amount is based on the duration and intensity level) and it's the athlete's responsibility to get the body replenished to perform at an optimum level.  Whether its 20 minutes later, 30 minutes later, whenever your next race is, you have to understand that as soon as you come off the track, priority number one is to get that body replenished and to get it rehydrated.  Failure to do so is going to manifest itself out on the track as you start to fade and go backwards.  Again, we're right back to an empty gas tank within the muscle.  If you want to be able to perform optimally, moto after moto, day after day, it starts after each race or workout – so plan ahead and implement consistently.  Mistake #4: Racing at an intensity that is not familiar to your body This mistake is not a misprint – many racers fail to race to their full potential by riding too hard - too early in a race! It is obvious that on race day you're going to be pushing a pace that's difficult to emulate during training, but training at an intensity level that's much less than the demands of race day leads to a culture shock to the body. It produces more lactic acid than the body has been acclimated to and the physiologic process of absorbing and diffusing lactic acid shuts the muscles down. The end result is that the contractions of the muscles are slowed down, you begin to focus on how bad your body is hurting and instead of focusing on racing the course, and you begin to make errors on the course that begins to negatively affect your confidence. To offset this negative effect of lactic acid, you want to try to incorporate a couple of workouts a week that is held at an intensity level on the motorcycle that will accurately emulate race intensity. Additionally, you need to make sure you are testing and training at the same intensity levels off the motorcycle with various forms of cross-training. If you want to race at a higher level on the race weekend, incorporate similar conditions and intensities when you're practicing on the motorcycle along with your cross training off of the motorcycle. Mistake #5: Not racing the track The final and biggest problem that we see on the race day is racers shifting their focus from preparation and implementation of a normal routine to who is on the gate.  The rider begins to size themselves up against somebody else and then pulls in a past performance of the other rider, and then immediately dumps that information into the race at hand.  Your goal is to make the least number of mistakes, carry as much momentum as possible and charge the course.  If somebody else is jumping something, they think they need to jump it.  My question is why you don’t just focus on racing your race; race every section as hard and as fast as you can, try to optimize every single section of the course and your goal is that you would do it faster and better than everybody else.  It's not that you can't learn something from somebody else, but when the gate drops, the only thing that you can take control of is yourself.  So, what I want you to be thinking about is how I can get through this section faster than anybody else.  Frequently, this requires thinking outside the box.  When another rider is doing something through a section that nobody else has thought about, and probably not even willing to try, the results speak for themselves.  Be smart, but creative and you will be surprised at the outcome.  If you really want to optimize your fitness and preparation, you want to create the mindset that you are racing the course - minute after minute with your pace falling off as minimal as possible.  We don't want you to come around the course on the opening lap with a time of 2:00 and then fall off to a 2:15.  Ideally we are looking for less than a 2 second deviation from your first to last lap - you've seen this emulated by the best racers.  The only way you can do this, is to race the course, minimize mistakes and make the best of something when it goes wrong.  Allowing frustration and anger to sidetrack your focus, doesn’t fix the fact that you've messed up a section.  Re-establish your timing; get back to charge mode and carry as much momentum as possible to create the fastest lap times on the course.  Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect.  Perfect practice makes perfect!  If you have any questions or are interested in a customized nutrition and performance program, please feel free to contact me directly at Robb@CoachRobb.com. 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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.      

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Coach Robb

 

A Guide to Proper Hydration for Optimum Health, Wellness & Performance

Proper hydration is one of the “easiest” nutritional components to implement, yields huge performance gains but is still one of the most misunderstood and neglected component of a nutritional program. The Importance of Hydration Here are some statistics to shed some light on the incredible importance of being properly hydrated: -The average human body consists of 96 pints of water (64 pints inside the cells & 32 pints in the blood, lymphatic & digestive juices) -Brain: 75% water -Bone: 20-30% water -Body Fat: 10% water -Digestive Juices: 86% -Blood 85% -Muscle: 70% And in my opinion, the most staggering statistic is relevant to muscle strength; a muscle that is dehydrated by only 3% can lose up to 10% of its strength and 8% loss of speed! The potential for optimum levels of performance literally dries up! Core Body Temperature When your body is running low on proper water levels within any system of your body: lymphatic, digestive, circulatory, etc. your athletic performance is negatively affected. The most detrimental is the ability to avoid overheating. Exercise (or more specifically any form of movement) creates heat within the muscles; the higher the intensity the hotter your body becomes. When this happens, your body’s metabolic systems move into over drive to maintain 98.6 degrees (your core body temperature while you are at rest). As your core body temperature increases, your body moves this increased internal heat to the skin via your blood. The performance issue is associated with your bloods responsibility to deliver oxygen, nutrition to your working muscles and the transfer of metabolic waste of your working muscles. Outside of 98-100 degrees and your body will automatically sacrifice muscle contraction for regulation of core body temperature. Think about it this way, a reduction in muscle function, even immobility isn’t life threatening; however, if your core body temperature rises more than 9 degrees Fahrenheit, normal biochemistry ceases and you can die. Simple Steps to Properly Hydrate Daily Tips: -Strive to consume half of your body weight in ounces of cold filtered water (For example: 150 pound athlete divided by 2 = 75 ounces per day) -Keep a post it note of how many water bottles you consume throughout the day or put a black marker hash mark on your disposable water bottle to indicate how many times you have re-filled it -Drink cold fluids: this has been documented to absorb quicker and helps pull down your core temperature -Avoid carbonated water and sodas; they slow down the absorption of water -Consume complex carbohydrates - fruits & vegetables at every meal and snack: o In addition to vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are high in water and electrolytes o To store sugar in your liver & muscles for energy, your body stores 2.7 grams of water – this is the way to pre-hydrate from the inside out During exercise: -Refrain from waiting until you become thirsty – you are already dehydrated [Note: the sensation of thirst, regulated by hypothalamus in your brain, occurs due to the lower concentration of water in the blood.] -Consume a sports drink that has a 5-7% carbohydrate ratio for optimum absorption -Consume 8-10 ounces every 15 minutes throughout exercise -Sip your fluids versus gulping to avoid the ingestion of air -Know your sweat rate: your goal is to lose no more than 2% (dehydrated) and no less than 1% (overhydrated). If you haven’t received a copy of our MotoE Sweat Rate Calculator, please email me and I will send one over to you -Test your hydration volumes, intake frequency and carbohydrate concentration in training and under the same conditions (temperature & humidity) as your race Post exercise: -Consume a carbohydrate and protein liquid drink within the first 20 minutes of finishing -Avoid juices, especially citrus juice, this will only add to your stomach acidity which will increase your chance of cramping and feeling nauseated. -Continue to sip on your sports drink to help replenish depleted electrolytes and sugar storages 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 my blog, you may follow it by clicking the "follow this blog" button in the upper right.

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7 Rules for Recovering Quickly from an Illness

The body provides you many indicators that it is fatigued and susceptible to illness: elevated heart rate, high body temperature, suppressed appetite, declines in athletic performance, poor sleeping patterns and more. Though these indicators may seem obvious as you read them, most riders will not acknowledge that if the body doesn't get the elements necessary to recover and overcome fatigue: sleep & food, it is inevitable that an illness (and an injury) is right around the corner.  
Here are 7 Rules for a speedy recovery from an illness:
Rule #1: Listen to your body.
The body is an efficient machine, a fever or elevated heart rates are clear signs that you should back off on both your intensity and duration of riding and cross training. Please email me if you would like a free copy of the MotoE Body Analysis Spreadsheet to easily track this data on a weekly basis.   Rule #2: Get more rest.
Resting does not mean going for a one hour riding session or a two-hour spin on your bike hoping it’ll make you feel better – it will only make you more fatigued. Your goal is to get 7-9 hours of deep, high quality sleep each day. Avoid watching TV before going to bed and make the room as dark and cold as possible.   Rule #3: Pay attention to diet and proper hydration.
Make it easy on your body to go about its job of fighting off the infection or virus by loading it up with vitamins and minerals through fruits and vegetables. Regarding hydration, every day consume half of your body weight in ounces of water (160 pounds/2=80 ounces of water per day). Proper nutrition would involve eating every two hours and eating fruits, vegetables and lean protein at every meal or snack. Please email me if you would like a free copy of the MotoE’s Food & Performance Log to easily track this data on a weekly basis.   Rule #4: Return to training gently.
As you start to feel better and your resting heart rate is back to normal for five days, resist the urge to jump back into training full-throttle. As a general rule of thumb, if your resting heart rate is up by more than 5 beats over your weekly average, then don’t train at all for that day. If your heart rate is within 3 beats of your weekly average, then exercise at a very easy effort level for 45 minutes or less. As you can see, knowing your resting heart rate in the morning is an important variable to use when it comes to health & performance. Please email me if you would like a free copy of the MotoE’s Body Analysis Log to easily track this data on a weekly basis.   Rule #5: Don’t ignore the obvious signs from your body.
If your heart rate spikes straight up getting out of your car or you don’t have an appetite, then following your normal volume & intensity of training does not make sense. This physical experience will correlate with your resting heart rate (see #4 above).   Rule #6: Don’t expect someone else to be able to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do.
Unfortunately you’re training partner, riding coach; family, spouse, etc., doesn’t actually know how you are feeling, so it’s up to you to make the correct decision for yourself (based off of non-emotional evaluation tools: resting heart rate, hours and quality of sleep, suppressed appetite).

Rule #7: Don’t become an internet doctor.
Google can be a wonderful tool, but even the most rational among us can turn into raging hypochondriacs if let loose on the internet when feeling sick. Before you know it, your bout of strep throat has escalated to some rare form of infectious disease. So make an appointment with a legit medical doctor who understands how important your health is to you along with your desire to get back on the bike ASAP!   Eating to Avoid an Illness
Training (both on and off of the bike) is intended to improve your strength & endurance; however, this improvement only happens when you eat correctly immediately after your workouts and races. Immediately after a hard day of racing (or training), your immune system is suppressed and your overall body is fatigued, this makes you vulnerable to an airborne virus.   To improve your immunity, eat green fruits and vegetables & every meal. The main ingredient found in fruits and vegetables are phytonutrients. These are substances that plants produce naturally to protect themselves. Additionally, they provide the plant's color, aroma, texture, and flavor.   Oxidative stress and inflammation, a byproduct of high intensity or long bouts of prolonged exercise, increase the production of free radicals, which can cause further cell damage. Antioxidants act to combat these free radicals. Therefore, recovery nutrition must entail much more than simply consuming post-workout carbohydrates and protein. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids also speed the recovery process.   While it's necessary to supplement your diet with over-the-counter multivitamins and fish oils, consuming whole foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids need to be the foundation of your nutrition. Food is intended to provide macro- and micronutrients, including fiber that you just can't get in a pill.   According to a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the top 50-antioxidant rich foods included 13 spices, eight fruits and vegetables, five types of berries, and four different nuts and seeds. So why not include some of the following antioxidant-rich foods in your daily diet?   Ginger, cloves, cinnamon, curry, and garlic
Each of these boast anti-inflammatory properties and bold flavors to go with any type of meal, be it sweet or savory. Sauté your favorite vegetables with a bit of garlic and curry powder, or add a dash of cinnamon to your oatmeal.   Blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, and red raspberries
These berries are packed with vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene. They're also rich in the minerals potassium and magnesium. They can be tossed into salads for a taste of something sweet, or as a topping for your favorite yogurt. Got berries? Snack away!   Artichokes, sweet potatoes, spinach, red bell peppers, asparagus, and red cabbage
These veggies are jam packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor. Cooking them only enhances their antioxidant properties. In fact, researchers found that a cooked sweet potato has 413 percent more antioxidant properties than when raw.   Quinoa
Though considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Its low glycemic, and the only “grain” that contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (7 grams per half-cup cooked). It's also rich in manganese and copper, two minerals required as cofactors for the production of antioxidants. What’s more? It's ready to eat in just 10 minutes.   Walnuts
Walnuts are an excellent source of micro- and macronutrients like protein, fiber, and omega-3 fat. In fact, just one ounce of walnuts (that's a shot glass or small handful) contains the recommended daily value, or 2.5 grams, of the essential amino acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). As if that wasn’t enough, once ingested, ALA is metabolized and converted to EPA and DHA (the kind of omega-3's found in fish). The walnut is a rock star in the world of antioxidants. Add it to salads, yogurt, and protein/vegetable dishes.   Cross training, riding and racing is demanding and places the body under a great deal of metabolic stress. A daily diet rooted (no pun intended) in nutrient dense foods will play an integral role in both your recovery and enhanced immunity. While a post-workout recovery drink is vitally important in replenishing muscle glycogen and aiding in muscle repair, a diet that focuses on antioxidants will help to minimize the cellular damage that can be caused by the oxidative stress of free radicals. Allowed to roam freely, free radicals can very subtly damage muscle tissue and negatively affect your speed & endurance.   Thank you for taking the time to read this article, if you have any questions about your current program or would like MotoE to create a customized mental, nutrition and performance program for you, please email me directly.   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

 

Dangers of Ice Baths and Anti-Inflammatory Medicine

Based on research – we need to rethink Ice Baths & Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
Each year, thanks to improvements in technology & extensive research, exercise physiologists are discovering more about how the body responds to the numerous variables that contribute to performance. This includes, but is not limited to: energy systems, muscular strength & endurance, nutrition & hydration, neuromuscular and many more. With this being said, it is a surprise that many performance coaches are adhering to the mindset that ice baths and NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin & ibuprofen are still being advocated as part of the recovery process.   In 2006, the European Journal of Applied Physiology studied a group of college age males for six weeks while they trained on stationary bicycles. Following each workout, each student placed one leg in an ice bath and the other was left out and kept at room temperature. Over the six weeks, they discovered that the non-iced leg had gained more strength, circulation and endurance.   At the University of Florida, a study found that muscle strength decreased after taking NSAID’s while a study at the University of Arkansas showed that high doses of ibuprofen appeared to limit the body’s ability to increase the development of new muscle.   As stated by Mackenzie Lobby, “there is more than a decade of research that backs up these studies’s suggesting that for recovery, there are better options than ice baths and anti-inflammatory drugs”. According to Dr. Jennifer Solomon, a sports medicine physician in NY City, “The bottom line is that in order to recover, your body needs to go through a process which includes inflammation – and ice bathes and NSAID’s inhibit the normal inflammatory process”. Dr. Solomon points to a more natural approach to recovery, low intensity & impact exercise, dynamic movements after a warm up and a post exercise massage.   Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
Old School: use anti-inflammatory medicine to control inflammation after a hard workout or race
New School: use raw fruits & vegetables, eliminate refined carbohydrates (most anything in a box or a bag that you eat), consume extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, high quality Omega 3 fish oil & walnuts to offset inflammation; foam roll and if possible massage work.
Exception: when dealing with inflammation and swelling associated with an injury, anti-inflammatory medicine will help limit the negative side effects of excessive swelling: pain and limited range of motion. This would be imperative in a multi-day race. Remember, it is the excessive, long term use of NSAID’s that have proven to inhibit new muscle regeneration, muscular strength and interrupt sleep patterns.   Cold Plunge & Ice Baths
Old School: use to reduce muscle damage & speed up recovery
New School: unless you are racing a multi-day event (see below), let your muscles recover and rebuild naturally. The inflammation process is part of adaptation to training and racing, facilitate recovery with real food and soft tissue work (foam roller, trigger point & massage work).
Exception: similar to NSAID’s, when dealing with inflammation and swelling associated with an injury or high intensity racing over several days, a cold plunge/bath will help offset the inflammation & swelling. Remember, the inflammation process is a natural reaction to training and racing, and your body needs the opportunity to react and adapt long term for optimum performance results.   How To Reduce Your Core Body Temperature
The key is to bring down the core body temperature slowly to minimize the “shock” to your body. Think about when someone falls into a frozen lake, the biggest shock to the body is the drastic temperature change. This creates incredible stress and ultimately fatigue to the body. The body’s natural defense mechanism is to try and heat the body of water that you are in, unfortunately, being submerged in freezing cold water lowers the core body temperature too quickly and you begin to shiver (your body’s natural way to warm itself). Shivering is fatiguing on the body and uses a tremendous amount of energy – not a good state to be in between races when you are attempting to conserve energy to finish each race strong.   Step 1: Come off of the track and into the shade of your awning, strip out of your gear (logistics pending) and sit under an oscillating fan. Place hand clothes on the back of your neck, both wrists and your groin. On your neck and groin you have to large arteries that will help decrease your body temperature quickly. Your wrists are low in fat and will help cool the core temperature quickly as well. Consume a cold sports drink slowly.   Step 2: Pour room temperature water onto the wash clothes while you are sitting under the fan; continue to pour onto the clothes to keep them damp with the air blowing across them. Duration: 3-5 minutes.   Step 3: Pour slightly cooler water (not ice cold) onto the wash clothes while the fan blows across the slightly cooler clothes. Continue to re-hydrate with cold sports drink. Duration 3-5 minutes.   Step 4: Pour ice cold water onto the wash clothes while the fan blows across the cold clothes. Duration: until you begin to feel slightly chilled. Then move back to room temperature water and stay under the fan. If you begin to get “goose bumps”, discontinue the water and adjust time in front of the fan accordingly. Remember, if you get too cold, your body begins to shiver to create internal heat, robbing you of much needed energy.   Once you have pulled your core temperature down; strive to consume fresh fruit for the water, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes to prepare you for your next race. Remember to add some high quality, easily digestible protein to control your hunger during the day (protein and fat are the only elements that control your hunger).   Thank you for taking the time to read this article, if you have any questions about your current program or would like MotoE to create a customized mental, nutrition and performance program for your racing program, please email me directly.   -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, 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 (Factory Monster Energy/Kawasaki) 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 Vurbmoto.com, Racer XVT, iMotoOnline, ThumperTalk & and various websites. Robb can also be heard on the monthly radio show DMXS answering listener’s questions about nutrition & fitness.

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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.

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