Pit crews are at the heart of every IndyCar team. Crew members work in high-action positions while the race is in full swing to deliver fuel and tires and the tiniest change to give their driver the competitive advantage. In this fast-paced world, drivers aren’t the only ones who need to be fit. In order to be the best at what they do, pit crew members must be physically fit because their jobs demand so much from their bodies and minds during a race.
Indiana University Health Sports Performance trainers have been working with Andretti Autosport drivers and pit crew members to help them develop the level of fitness required to be the best at their jobs and to prevent injuries that could keep them off the track.
IU Health Sports Performance and Andretti Autosport have teamed up to provide a basic fitness challenge for the at-home IndyCar enthusiasts—really, for anyone who wants to improve their fitness. Try out the weekly challenges presented in the videos below. Check in and update us with your progress on social media. You can find us on Twitter or Facebook.
Week 1: Dynamic Warm-Up
Start with a dynamic warm-up before you start your exercise routine to make sure your joints and muscles function efficiently.
Week 2: How To Do A Plank Series
Find a plank series that works best for you and hold those planks for 15-30 seconds while maintaining proper form.
Week 3: How To Do Body Squats
Learn how to do a correct body squat, to strengthen your core and lower body.
Week 4: How To Do Forward And Lateral Lunges
Learn how to perform a correct forward and lateral lunge, to strengthen your lower body.
Week 5: Improving Your Reaction Time
Train with Alex, a PitFit trainer, and Zach Veach, this week’s special guest, to improve your reaction time using a tennis ball.
Week 6: How To Fuel A Workout With Proper Nutrition
Sports nutritionist, Heather Fink, explains how to fuel your workout with proper nutrition for the best results.
Week 7: Stretch After Your Workout
Learn recovery stretches to incorporate into your post workout routine.
Week 8: Putting It All Together
Combine all of the previous challenges to create your full work out routine!