VACULIK'S FITNESS BOOST
Martin Vaculik hopes having a personal trainer alongside him at every SGP and PGE Ekstraliga round in 2019 boosts his bid for glory.
29 / 01 / 2019, 12:53
Slovak star Martin Vaculik hopes having a personal trainer alongside him at every FIM Speedway Grand Prix and PGE Ekstraliga round in 2019 boosts his bid for glory.
The Zarnovica-born racer has been working with renowned Slovakian coach Maros Molnar for some time.
Molnar trains a number of professional athletes including Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina, who hails from Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final host city Togliatti.
My trainer or some other trainers from his team will be at every Grand Prix and that will be new for this year.
Vaculik won’t be the first SGP rider to have a fitness coach in his pit corner, with MMA fighter Mariusz Cieslinski an established member of Maciej Janowski’s race-weekend team.
But with rider No.54 doing everything in his power to chase the sport’s top honours, he’s keen to ensure his final preparations are tip-top rather than relying on a pre-planned fitness routine. He said: “Maros is a personal coach of Russian tennis players and also some very good footballers and ice hockey players.
“He has lots and lots of experience with all types of sport. I’m very happy about my relationship with him and I feel I’m pretty strong. Everything is perfect and I enjoy working with him.
“My trainer or some other trainers from his team will be at every Grand Prix and that will be new for this year. Before I just did a warm up by myself; I had a plan from my trainer. But from 2019, a trainer will be with me all the time and in Poland as well.”
Vaculik is no stranger to sharing images and video of his winter training on his social media accounts.
But the Zielona Gora star knows all his rivals also put in the hours at the gym to ensure they’re at their best on the shale.
He said: “I train six times per week. I really train very hard, but I know this type of training is done by every rider – not only me. This is more or less necessary in professional sport and in the sport of speedway.
“I want to share a little bit of my training with my fans on social media because many fans and many people ask me what I do. I just want to show what I’m doing every day.
“Maybe I can also motivate other people a little bit – not only sportsmen but normal people – to train a little bit too. I think this is the right way – to have contact with your fans.”