Anatomy Of An Athlete: The Crusty Demon
MAXIM Australia|August 2019

PAT BOWDEN —Australian FMX Champion, X Games competitor and member of Freestyle Kings the Crusty Demons — shares his training and diet regimes, talks broken bones and how he mentally prepares to perform some of the world’s deadliest stunts...

Santi Pintado

What made you want to get into this sport, Pat?

I’m not sure what it was about motorcycles that first inspired me. As far as I can remember it’s just something that I’ve always known I was born to do. I asked my dad for a dirt bike when I was three years old and started riding with his help. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to be the best rider in the world in my chosen discipline – Freestyle Motocross.

What’s an aspect of your job that most people would be surprised to know about?

Along with being highly-skilled motorcycle riders we are also professional risk takers. Every time I swing a leg over my bike and perform these tricks, we are facing the risk of death or serious injury. However, throughout the years of doing this over and over my ability to walk the tightrope between life and death has become second nature giving me the ability to feel a sense of freedom that a lot of people don’t get to experience in life. For a job, to have this as an extra bonus is pretty awesome.

Describe your fitness regime?

I try to maintain a fairly high level of strength and cardio training because I compete in the FIM FMX World Championship throughout the year, which is a competition-based format, so it’s important for me to be fit, agile and explosive. Essentially, when I take to the course, it’s a sprint where you must fit as many jumps in as you can in 90 seconds while performing the most dangerous trick in the sport — all while maintaining complete mental clarity.

Describe a normal training day for you?

When I’m home in Australia in between events I usually wake up at 4am, run two kilometres as a warm-up to my local F45 in Helensvale, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, where I then do a 45-minute class – usually a high-intensity strength and cardio workout. If I’m feeling good I might stay for two classes, so a 90-minute workout in total followed by a two-kilometre run home. Then I head into P3 Sports recovery in Burleigh Heads to rotate in the magnesium ice and heat baths. I try do this five-to-six days a week which can be pretty taxing on the body after being away on tour for months at a time. Right now, I’m also doing assisted stretching two days a week at Action Sports Performance in Brisbane as all the training tends to make my body super-tight, which makes it hard to extend my tricks when you’re inflexible. It also helps to avoid injury when you crash and hit the ground.

Is there any specific training you need to do in your profession?

Along with obvious bike practice with learning new tricks, etc... For me, it’s important to stay lean, agile and explosive so I avoid lifting super heavyweights. I guess you could compare me to a gymnast.

What are the most important muscle groups you concentrate on?

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