Building upper body strength without increasing [censored]
Posted 05 March 2003 - 05:21 PM
Any suggestions on how to build upper body strength without increasing arm pump? Do push-ups increase arm pump?
One of the mags said that everyone's forearms have a very tough sheath that contains the muscles. Arm pump occurs when these muscles more than fill the sheath when active (full of blood). That's the reason behind some of the pro's have surgery - the surgeon slices the sheath to make more room so the muscles don't freeze up when working.
I've started doing various exercises and push ups seem like a natural for motocross, but I'd hate to end up with arm pump. Currently an occasional problem for me. Would hate for it to become chronic.
Thoughts and suggestions?
Posted 06 March 2003 - 05:21 AM
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Posted 07 March 2003 - 10:04 AM
I have one of those Total Gym things. My physical therapist (following torn rotator cuff due to swimming!) recommended it. Pretty cool device since there are so many exercises you can do on it. But, of course, it's not free weights. I do light free weights, but don't have a partner/spotter so I don't push to the max.
Any thoughts on push ups? Will they cause too much muscle mass in the forearms and increase arm pump?
I have noticed that I've kind of neglected some of the basics in my riding style lately. Not holding on with my legs, sitting down a lot, not getting far enough forward in the turns. I don't know if that's because I didn't ride much the last 2 years or if it is (as my friends say) "the 4 stroke effect". The remaining 2 strokers say people get lazy on 4 strokes - sit down, not in the aggressive attack position on the bike, etc.
Posted 07 March 2003 - 10:23 AM
Your legs are some large muscles... did you eat extra protein during that time... ? The growth in your legs may hsve been feeding off the other muscles if you didn't... pulling the energy from them, as well as grabbing all the protein for growth... you may have to get back into some upper body work but make sure your diet is adequate in protein to actually grow muscles...
Posted 07 March 2003 - 03:45 PM
Posted 09 March 2003 - 12:07 AM
Guess I am in the 0.001 percentile. My forearms are 16 1/2". But upper arms are 21 3/4" so I guess that it is proportionate.
But it is usually when someone sees my calves that they say " Oh my gawd! You are DEFORMED!"
Posted 09 March 2003 - 07:26 AM
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:06 AM
I'm still open to thoughts on specific exercises for upper body strength for motocross. For instance, I doubt focusing on curls would help me moto. Push ups would help, right? But would working focusing on push ups too much cause the forearm muscles to get too large and cause arm pump?
Does bench press strengthen the same muscles as push ups? Or different? Seems like the same motion and muscles, but perhaps not. Pull-ups and military press - useful for motocross? I don't see how, but I don't understand all the muscle groups.
Rowing machine seems like a great idea - arms, abs, back.
Posted 18 March 2003 - 08:11 AM
And how about Creatin? Anybody taking that?
I'm trying to remember all that stuff they taught in high school health class, but it has been a while. Quite a long while. Your help/guidance is welcome!
Posted 18 March 2003 - 03:20 PM
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Posted 19 March 2003 - 02:43 PM
They used to say that twice a week will maintain what you have and 3 times a week will keep you growing strength.
If you are looking for a specific excersize to do magic I think you may be disappointed.
Recovery and full range of motion are very important in any routine.
Ridding your bike many miles will teach you what your bike will do in a given situation. You are probably working your body harder than needed.
Get some old tapes of the pros like Malcom Smith in the old movie On Any Sunday and look how he stands and moves on the bike.
A 6 day enduro will force you to conserve energy and I think these pricaples can be applied to MX racing.
Good Luck Colorado
You live in a great state to get in the practice!
Posted 22 March 2003 - 08:39 AM
In a nutshell, if you lift heavy weights, your muscles engorge with blood to push the load. Therefore, your muscles will naturally do the same when riding. It's counter-productive, especially to the forearms. I recommend reading up on plyometrics, and if you're serious, hire a trainer. It's well worth the investment.
Posted 22 March 2003 - 06:35 PM
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