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Motorcross - For the Physically Fit!


Motorcross - For the Physically Fit!

Here's the question for the day - is motocross riding the most physically demanding sport? It's a good question and depending on who you're talking to, the responses may be across the board.

Motocross riding in and of itself is demanding on so many levels. Anyone who participates in the sport of motocross riding already knows, firsthand, the physical and mental drain on the body. Those contemplating getting involved with motocross riding should know what's in store and plan accordingly.

There are two sides of the coin when it comes to "getting ready" for motocross competition. The sport is definitely for the physically and mentally fit, meaning, body mass, muscle tone and strength, along with a positive frame of mind need to be in tip-top shape. The ability to be flexible, versatile and move as quickly as a cat when it's called for is also part of the "must have" package in order to handle everything thrown at you on the track. The body is its own "lean, mean machine" and must be super fit to endure the rigors of the track. This includes the strength and stamina to maneuver a 200+ pound piece of machinery with precision around the track using every muscle from head to toe.

Along with "getting ready" for motocross, riders also need the strength to handle "getting geared-up." Simply try walking around wearing a helmet, boots, chest and back protection, a neck brace and gloves and you'll wonder how it's done on two wheels.

The flip side of the coin is all about your mental state of mind. Riding motocross takes concentration and lots of it. While whipping around the track at top speeds taking on the challenges, your mind is constantly shifting - just like your body - to meet the needs of the current or next move. Your mind is in "strategic think mode" all the time as you must plan for the current move while thinking about the next move down the track. It's much the same as if you were playing in an intense game of high stakes chess where the wrong move means your competition will take home the prize.

A good, solid diet that goes beyond the scope of burgers and fries and a few brews is also essential to feeding both the body and the brain. As you can see, riding involves much more than putting on a helmet and racing around a track.

If you've ridden for recreation along a trail or competed in an enduro, think about the strain on the hands, wrists, arms, legs, back and spine as you're jostled left to right and up and down, sometimes seated other times standing, while doing a balancing act on the pegs. All of these "movements" take a hefty toll on the energy levels.

With motocross, ramp it up even more by adding the need to keep the speed amped while negotiating the track, staying ahead of the pack and taking on a number of challenging obstacles while still maintaining absolute control of the bike. Add a few whoops and the demand on your body, especially the arms, goes to a whole other level.

Studies of motocross riders in past years have compared riders against athletes from demanding sports such as NFL football, professional basketball, track and soccer with results showing that riders, overall, were at a higher level of physical fitness. A 2002 study confirmed the previous results. This in no way takes away from the fact that those participating at high-level supercross competitions, timed trials, arenacross or enduros aren't in a demanding sport. Each takes a toll and for those who are ready, willing and able to take on the tracks and trails and provide all the physical and mental energy it takes, we salute you.

Chinchilla’s Motorcoss Club regularly holds race days for those fit and enthusiastic motorcross fans. The next one will be held on October 21, from 7am at the Brigalow Motorcross Track.


Keeping Fit On The Road


Keeping Fit On The Road

If work keeps you frequently away from home, it can be challenging to maintain your fitness program. Travel time and meetings might leave little room in your schedule for exercise. But dedication and planning can help you stay in shape — and ease the stress that work travel can cause. Consider these travel workout tips.

Pack for fitness

Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby fitness facilities and pack accordingly. Your travel workout essentials might include:

·       Athletic shoes

·       Exercise clothing

·       Swimsuit

·       Jump-rope

·       Resistance tubing

·       Hand grips

·       Headphones

·       Yoga mat


Get started

When you arrive at your destination, set the tone for your trip by working out right away. If that's not possible, schedule time for your next workout and treat it as an important appointment.

Listen to your body

If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your workout shorter or lighter than usual. It's OK to take it easy once in a while. Because travel can be so disruptive to how you sleep and what you eat, it's also not the best time to try to increase your fitness level.

Remember, however, that regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need to get down to business.

Kings Park Accommodation now has free gym passes for all our guests to workout at Max Fitness Chinchilla. Make sure you ask at Reception for details when you check-in.


Chinchilla Show - Fun for Everyone


Chinchilla Show - Fun for Everyone

The Chinchilla Showgrounds will play host to the Annual Chinchilla Show this Friday 25 May and Saturday 26 May.

Explore the colourful display of arts and crafts in the Pavilion – be in envy of the cooking and preserving skills of the local cooks, and admire the fine needlework and the high standard photographic exhibition. Stroll through the livestock pavilion, and check out the horse ring events including the show jumping.

Much of the entertainment during the day is targeted to family groups and the kids with the all-day entertainment including mini kids rodeo rides, the much-loved petting zoo and roving cartoon animals to name just a few.

Don’t miss out on those mighty lads doing the woodchop, special cooking demonstrations, there is even a Scoot Stunt Juggler workshop!

On Friday night the Trackskill V8 Utes will be racing, followed by a Farmer's Challenge then a wonderful Fireworks display, and on Saturday the Rodeo will finish with a great band. So make sure you stay until the sun goes down to enjoy the whole experience of this wonderful country show.

Attend one day or do both with your family and friends, and keep the tradition of these great country shows going for many years to come.


Time to Remember - ANZAC DAY 2018


Time to Remember - ANZAC DAY 2018

Anzac Day is a time for the community to come together to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force.

On Wednesday 25 April, the Western Downs will be commemorating Anzac Day with dawn services and commemoration services across the region.

The Chinchilla Dawn service will commence at 5:55am at Fuller Place on Heeney Street, followed by a Commemoration March at 10:45am and Commemoration Service at 11am.

If you would like to attend one of the many events across the Western Downs, click here to find the closest event to you.


Where for art thou?


Where for art thou?

Every year the major art galleries across the Western Downs come together and host the Annual Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition. It is a space to showcase Western Downs artists, and helps them to raise their profiles beyond the regions borders.

Total prize money of the competition is an amazing $2150, and all paintings are available for sale during the exhibition.

This year, artists are encouraged to explore the values of light and shade, any subject, with no limits – no light, low light, directional light, 2D or 3D work. The possibilities are endless, monochromatic or a myriad of colours.

Artists may submit up to four artworks.

Each work must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

Submitted works will be selected by the exhibition curator, who will also award the prizes.

All artists who submit work will be represented in the curator’s exhibition selection.

A full colour, professionally-presented exhibition catalogue will document the exhibition and include a curatorial essay.

Entries must be received by Monday 2 July
Fees $25 per entry (non-refundable)

Opening Night and Presentation of Prizes from 5.30pm on Saturday 22nd September at Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

Exhibition runs from Monday 24th September until Wednesday 24th October at Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

Please read the Conditions of Entry carefully.

Kings Park Accommodation proudly supports all local initiatives that bring the community together, and we look forward to attending the event exhibition in September.