Lynn riders reach targets and are super-fit ahead of 2019 season at Adrian Flux Arena
The King’s Lynn Poultec Stars’ winter training camp has now concluded with all seven riders declared as super-fit and ready to go racing.
The club’s management were so impressed with last year’s fitness programme, they committed to a full six days and an even more detailed programme in readiness for the 2019 season.
After each fitness session the riders were set targets to achieve in readiness for the next camp.
The 2019 season opener at home is set for April 8 and the riders are now physically and mentally ready for a fast start to their campaign.
Time is allocated during March for the team to practice on-track and this will really get them in the racing groove.
The training camps covered a wide range of activities, including a series of neck muscle exercises similar to those used with Formula 1 drivers.
In addition, there has been detailed analysis around general wellbeing in the areas of hydration, nutrition, muscle groups and how they work together, injury recovery programmes, maximising personal performance and body balance.
Start line reaction times have also been a major focus with special training given to help riders balance their performance between the dominant and non-dominant eye.
The club will make the referees aware of this work to assist with their race night decisions around a perfect start, as opposed to a perceived jump start.
Keith Chapman, promoter and owner, said: “The training that we offer the Lynn riders is now influencing speedway riders across the UK and this, for me, is a real benefit for the sport in general.
“It is a significant investment in both money and time, but it is clear that last year’s programme was one of the key factors in our success.”
Dale Allitt, co-promoter and team manager, added: “I am personally delighted that the team is even more physically ready than last year’s squad.
“The 30 UK Premiership race meetings scheduled this year are gruelling and become eye watering when you add in the riders' foreign racing schedule, too.
"To be able to consistently deliver, it is essential that the riders receive support on how to maintain their personal performance and general wellbeing.”
Robin Brundle, co-promoter, said: “It has been a pleasure to once again work with the Team GB coaches using the Jordan Fitness equipment, and they have implemented our new training requirements very well.
“The riders have evidenced an impeccable work ethic and their dedication to the fitness programme is comparable to any world class athlete.
“The riders have delivered the following improvements through the programme; 9 per cent skinfold measurement, 11% bodyweight change, 4 per cent in reaction times and a 12 per cent increase in hydration.
“In addition, the riders have evidenced that their muscle power is now balanced left to right and that their non-dominant eye is within acceptable performance levels to their dominant eye.”