Coach Seiji’s Training Playbook

Seiji Ishii has become one of the most respected trainers in motocross, thanks in part to his years of experience with endurance sports, an athletic background, collection of certifications and degrees, and work alongside accomplished racers. While fellow Texan Andrew Short as his most well known athlete, Coach Seiji has advised a number of riders through his time in racing, including 2014 Monster Energy Supercross 250 West Coast Regional champion Jason Anderson. The former bicycle racer, whose accomplishments include a B.S. in Kinesiology, American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer, and registered massage therapist, fields a program open to any athlete looking to get the most performance of their body, part of which can be viewed at his personal website. Getting the full benefits will cost you, but Seiji recently shared areas of diets and training where he feels the common rider can improve.

“For Andrew, it is small things that make the difference. He has been around for so long and seen so much that his base his huge. His fitness isn’t generally an issue, but it is more about finding the speed or being mentally open and happier on race day. He is a lot different than Jason, who is new. Little details make a big difference for Andrew at this point in his career.”

“The average guy with a full time job, my opinion is they probably overdo the need for carbohydrates and under expect the need for fats. A guy that works a 50 hour a week job doesn’t need to carbo load like he hears athletes do because his training load is so low. But if you get really efficient at burning fat, your body will use it as the primary source of fuel and that is better for a family guy.”

“When I say that, I mean good fats and healthy fats that come from clean foods with the least human involvement. I don’t personally make a distinction between saturated and unsaturated fats, but my big distinction is whether the food has been processed or altered.”

“Riding is a skill sport, so to a normal guy with a job and a family riding is the most important thing. It’s riding specific fitness and you need to take advantage of every minute you can on the bike. It is a mistake for someone like that to trade a day of riding, say on a weekday after work, to go ‘training.’ They need to spend as much time as they can riding as possible and in the time that they cannot ride, supplement that with training. I hear that a lot of people will train all week, even when they have the opportunity to ride but they give it up and only ride on the weekends.”

“If you have exhausted all of your riding opportunities, cross training is better than nothing. In my opinion, if you are not healthy first the fitness doesn’t matter. You need to do things like cycling to be a healthy person so that your training does pay off.”

“Andrew has been around for a while and is a good example of being in a skill sport like this and adapting to injury. The big mistake I see is when people try to come back from injury too soon and ride without confidence or ride injured, and it digs them into a hole where they are never confident again. To me, you have to get over your injury 100 percent before you try to ride. I even see a lot of weekend guys come back still injured and start compensating or riding without confidence. And that takes a longer time to comeback from than if you came back fully healed.”