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Fitness Components for Motorsports

In addition to the high level of skill required to be a motorsport driver or rider, to be a successful you need good cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, coordination and good reactions! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for motorsports, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining competitors' relative strengths and weaknesses.

You need to have good endurance

We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in motorsports. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are Cardiovascular Endurance and Muscular Endurance. You can add your vote too.

You need to be skillful with quick reactions

In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of motorsports, and the most important factors according to them are: Skill and Technique, Reaction Time and Coping with Pressure Situations. The highest ranked of the trainable fitness components was aerobic fitness. Least important was flexibility. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Motorsports Athletes.

Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)

  1. Skill and Technique
  2. Reaction Time
  3. Coping with Pressure Situations
  4. Motivation & Self Confidence
  5. Aerobic Endurance
  6. Balance & Coordination
  7. Analytic & Tactical Ability
  8. Speed / Quickness
  9. Agility
  10. Body Size and Composition
  11. Strength & Power
  12. Flexibility

Are You an Expert?

I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself a motorsport expert, go here to add your opinion.

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