Pablo Toribio’s Way: Training James Stewart

Although he is not in the forefront of the Stewart camp, Pablo Toribio is critical to the Yoshimura Suzuki racer’s success. A former professional motocross racer and cyclist, Toribio his able to relate to what his athlete faces both on the track and mentally, and the pairing has had great success. Toribio is based in New York City, where he owns and manages Pablo Fitness, a spin and yoga studio locaterd in Manhattan. Keeping a racer at their prime can be a challenge, but the determination of his athlete and a program focused on balance and strength has brought the pair plenty of success.

“I am a personal trainer that has seven certifications and four national certifications. The thing with me is I raced professional motocross for a little while and I raced professional bicycles. Not a lot of people know that I rode the Tour de France, and that was a lot of fun. I finished in 2005 and was a replacement rider for one of my friends from the Dominican Republic.”

“I believe in balance more than anything else. A lot of people say that if you focus and have your right balance, you can do anything. Riding a dirt bike, you have to be very strong and for James I focus on three things: power, control, speed. When you have your power and you have control, you have incredible speed. That is our focus. James is really strong and is really determined. If you see him crash, you see him get back to the bike and that is something that we work the hardest. Another aspect is the mental part. Most people quit, but James is a fighter and he never quits. 75-percent of the training is mental, and his ability to ride the bike is talent.”

Toribio’s main focus is working with James Stewart. Although the two live thousands of miles apart (Stewart in Florida and California, Toribio in New York City), Stewart is able to remotely join spin classes at Pablo Fitness and have his trainer track the progress.

“James is really strong and easy to recover. I am really lucky with him that he doesn't need a lot of work. A lot of riders that I worked with before him needed a lot of work, and James is really determined. When he had his injuries last year, he was so easy to comeback with a couple of exercises and a couple of stretches. And we are back out here.”

“The training we do is to make him a lean, mean machine. He is lean muscle and really strong. He can crash and walk away immediately.”

Toribio is one of the many components in the Stewart camp, and the team’s most recent success came at the 2013 Monster Energy Cup. In addition to training, Toribio’s experience as a motocross racer allows him to discuss on-track technique.

“James eats like a normal person and he is very good with his food. Hydration is very important and I come in and help him when he needs to drink. We drink the whole day and watch what time he drinks. Say you drink more sugar and salt, your body can be lacking it by the end of the day. We watch the sugar level and balance.”

“What happens during boot camp is a secret! But he is riding and conditioning on and off the bike. One day I will tell you what we do!”