Physical Education GCSE: What does it take to be a pro BMX racer?

We join Tre Whyte at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for a training session on the BMX track and weightlifting in the gym.

Tre’s coach explains how his natural talent has set him apart from other races but also describes the requirement for strength and conditioning training.

The focus of Tre’s training is to develop maximal strength and power to achieve the fastest gate release possible.

Using the principles of training he uses high weight with low repetitions to develop his power output.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play By Play.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to help students understand how BMX racing falls under the category of performing at maximal levels.

It also introduces power and strength as a component of fitness, as well as the concept of anaerobic training and how it is matched to the energy demands of an activity.

You could use this video to introduce the five principles of training and suitable diets for power athletes.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching PE at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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