One of my best friends has a passion for motocross racing. He would talk about it all the time, while I tuned him out. I didn’t know how seriously he took this sport until he asked me to help him train for a race.
It had never entered my mind that my friend would want to participate. I thought spectating would be good enough.
You’re probably wondering why he asked me for help when I have no interest in his sport. Well, it’s because I’m a fitness enthusiast. My passion is to help people get into the best shape of their lives and live well.
Because I didn’t understand his sport, I didn’t take the time to learn about it or the physical requirements of the sport.
After I agreed to help him prepare for his race, I researched everything I could find on the conditioning those athletes needed. What I found surprised me.
From what I had seen, the racers weren’t very big in their muscularity, so I knew that heavy lifting and focusing on hypertrophy wouldn’t work. Because of the slim build, I knew that endurance and leanness were key. Here were more ideas I found.
I took those ideas and came up with a plan for him. I wasn’t sure how he would do, since he was out of shape. The last time he’d been on an elliptical was years ago.
He assured me he was committed to doing everything he could to do well in the race, so in spite of the huffing and puffing and sweat dripping he managed to get through the grueling workouts.
Over time, my friend’s health and performance improved. He became better at maneuvering and balancing. I never realized he’d have to use his entire body to control the vehicle. I was beginning to think he had a great chance at winning his race.
On the day of the race, my friend finished in the top 5, and he was pleased. He decided he wanted to keep racing, and he asked me to continue training him.
After that race, I stopped teasing him about his sport, and he stopped teasing me about bodybuilding.
We had both learned to appreciate the other’s passion. I told him if he won his next race he could teach me his sport. But if he lost, he had to come to my next show. It was a great trade