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Training Tips for Racing Drivers

05 November 2016

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If you want to become a racing driver, you must to know that this sport is physically demanding. If you don’t stay on top of your physical and mental abilities, you will struggle to be the best. From go-karts to F1 drivers, racing drivers train very hard almost every day. Drivers work with personal trainers, dieticians and mental coaches. Let’s take a closer look at the most important aspects of every professional driver.

Strength and Conditioning

In his book Strength Training for Performance Driving, Mark Martin created a training plan specifically for drivers. He also talked about the importance of linking training and lifestyle, as both go together in helping the driver to win. Strong upper body muscles and arms will help you stay in the right position when your body is affected by G-force. Similarly, strong leg and hip muscles are crucial when braking. Once you have your training plan and your body is ready for the race, don’t forgot to warm up. It is very important to get ready before you get into the car.

Diet

You won’t get spectacular results from your training unless your diet is perfectly balanced. Most professional drivers work with dieticians. Adopting a good diet isn’t easy—everybody is different, and your diet should be designed specifically for your body type, your lifestyle and your ability to maintain it. Drivers are busy people, so preparation is key. Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail, so get your meals ready before you go about your daily routine.

Drivers’ fast reactions are a key to success.

Jenson Button said, “Sometimes you only have fraction of a second to make a decision and move to the front and win the race.” Like most F1 drivers, Jenson has improved his reaction time on a machine called Batak. Such equipment is usually rented from companies that provide Batak hire as it’s not available at regular gyms. At first glance it does seem to be simple and easy, but when the little lights start flashing fast, you are in trouble. Training with the Batak machine can improve your concentration as you are having to make decisions very quickly. According to F1 sources, every team has a Batak machine at their training centre, which means that it must be good for developing faster reaction times.

Mental Training

Driving race cars is stressful. The high speed, heat, and knowing that one mistake might cost you first place takes a toll on everyone who has ever been in the driver’s seat. Many pro drivers work with mental coaches to develop a bulletproof mental strategy that helps them get into the zone where they are fully focused on the race.

Again, preparation is the key to success and there are plenty of interviews with F1 drivers where you can always learn more about all aspects of the required skills.

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