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You would have a very hard time arguing that Logan Martin isn’t currently the best contest rider in the world. Aside from his undeniable natural talent, Logan also lives the life of a true professional athlete. We caught up with Logan and got an insight into the lifestyle that keeps him on top of the podium.
How long have you ridden BMX for?
About ten years. I started when I was around thirteen.
Have you always approached it with the same serious mentality you currently do?
I guess not. Over time, it became more apparent to me that it was something I was good at, so I focused everything around doing well on my bike.
Run us through your day-to-day routine when you’re at home.
I will ride from ten to three and then go to the gym in the afternoon Monday through Friday. On the weekends, I don’t really have a schedule. I just go where the session is.
Run us through your day-to-day routine when you’re at an event.
I guess it’s always different because each event has different practice schedules, but I make sure I get a few good couple-hour sessions in on the course and make sure I’m feeling one-hundred percent.
Do you ride every day when you’re home?
I do, indeed! Unless my body needs a rest.
Do you work out every day when you’re home?
Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturday. But, again, if my body is too sore, I will have a rest day. They are just as important.
What does your normal workout regiment consist of?
I go to a functional gym, so it’s group training. I guess it’s quite similar to the way Crossfit session are ran.
How do you feel like this helps you on your bike?
It’s not just physically - it’s mentally as well. Because of the work I put in at the gym, I mentally know that my body is in well-enough condition to be able to withstand what I’m about to get done.
Do you work with a trainer?
The gym I go to is group training - with a trainer - so I feel like all the different sessions we do are mixed up enough that I don’t need to actually do personal trainer sessions.
Do you do any cross training?
Most of the time I’ll be at the gym because I enjoy it. Sometimes I’ll go for a run. Just recently, I went to a five-kilometer obstacle course workout, which i’m going to start doing more of. Longer ones, as well. I have a sixteen-kilometer one coming up in a couple of weeks.
What does your normal diet consist of?
Every day I wake up and eat oats for breakfast. Then, while I’m riding, I make chicken, avocado, and salad wraps with some fruit. Mostly chicken and vegetables for dinners.
What vitamins and supplements do you take and when do you take them?
I take amino acids while I”m working out, but thats pretty much it. A protein shake here-and-
Not at all.
You’re on planes a lot. How do you deal with jet lag?
Well, when I’m asleep, I usually have a good, solid sleep. Even when I’m jet lagged, I can usually get five or six hours solid, which is usually enough to get me through the day. Coffee and Rockstar help, as well.
At what point in your BMX career did you pick up this lifestyle?
I’ve been pretty solid in this routine for just over two years. But, before I started at the gym I’m at now, I was at a normal gym for a year-and-a-half or so.
Let’s talk mentality. How does your mental approach to riding differ from your day-to-day routine to when you’re at an event?
The routine is different, but my mental approach doesn’t change, I believe. I’m there to put in everything that I’ve worked hard at home for. I don’t really change a whole lot when I’m at events. I still make sure I’m eating okay and getting proper sleep, so my mentality stays the same.
What sorts of things do you do in order to remain calm and focused?
I make sure I’m feeling good leading up to the event. I like to keep a positive mindset. If that all goes well, it’s easier for me to stay calm and focused.
Have you ever seen a sports psychologist?
I haven’t. No.
It’s very uncommon that you have a bad day of competing, but when you do, how do you mentally get over that?
I try hard not to have bad days, but it does happen. I get pretty bummed because I want the best for myself, but I believe everything happens for a reason - the good and the bad - so I just tell myself that. I try to stay on the positive side of things the majority of the time, though.
Does the pressure of competing get to you? If so, do you see this as a good thing or a bad thing?
Everyone that is competing at the event feels pressure. If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be there. Everyone wants to do well for themselves. As for it getting to me, it doesn’t. I feel the pressure, of course, but I believe I perform quite well when I have the pressure there.
When you learn a new trick, do you go from foam, to resi, to a real ramp?
I literally never ride foam pats. I have enough air awareness and control on my bike to be comfortable enough to do most things on a resi.
From the first time you do something on a resi, how long does it usually take you to bring it to a real ramp?
When I learn new tricks on the resi, I practice them enough on there that when I need to do it on something real it feels comfortable anyway.
Do you do every trick on a real ramp before doing it at a contest?
I do all of my tricks every day on real ramps anyway, so I guess the answer to the question is yes. When I’m posting banging Instagram clips each day, that’s not just for Instagram. I literally do the majority of my hard tricks every session. If I don’t do that, I don’t feel like I’ve put enough work into that session.
What advice would you have for young riders looking to take competing seriously?
Get out there and give it a go. It’s super fun, super challenging, and it can be really rewarding.