Racing requires extraordinary physique
If you want to perform among the best in the world, you can’t afford to be out of balance mentally nor physically. This applies especially to training, diet and sleep. In a race, the body is constantly exposed to high G-forces and heat, which wears down the body. As a result, your body must be in top shape.
Sebastian undergoes continuous tests to ensure the body is in balance and identify where any imbalances may occur. He also follows a carefully designed training programme. Although Sebastian works out many times a week, there is always a risk that the workouts lacks variation, which means that certain muscles weaken.
The most frequent test is called a 360-test, which is done in collaboration with PULS Koncept, who specializes in racing driver performance, and the Danish Automobile Sports Federation (DASU).
In a 360 test, Sebastian is tested on four different parameters to analyze where there is room for optimisation. Sebastian and his physical trainers dig into the data and analyze where there is potential for development. This ensures that the trainers can create the most precise and in-depth measurements.
Based on the results, Sebastian and his physical trainers dig deep into the data and analyze where there is development potential. This translates into a six-week training programme, which is carried out in the spring to get Sebastian ready for the season. In addition, maintenance training is tailored so that the body is kept in training throughout the season.
Concentration training is essential for drivers. In a racing car, you have to keep a sharp focus for a long time and under difficult conditions to avoid making mistakes.
Every spring, Sebastian undergoes the six-week programme at the Danish Automobile Sports Federation (DASU) and Team Denmark’s facilities, which focuses on increasing:
- Concentration on a constantly moving object
- Concentration on an object that is moving behind other moving objects
- Constant and sustained concentration over time without losing focus and energy
The training programme also aims to improve and strengthen the ability to react quickly. Reaction time is important both at the start of the race, when the lights go out and the cars take off – but also during in-race battles with other drivers.
The focus here is on training Sebastian’s central nervous system, and a test is used to analyze his reactions based on 12 different parameters.
Conditioning / Vo2 Max test
The fitness test examines how much oxygen (ml) the body is able to absorb per minute in relation to body weight.
The fitness test gives Sebastian information about various exercise parameters, such as his heart rate zones,lactic acid production, how fast he ventilates and more. These figures are used to target programmes around running, cycling and other forms of exercise.
At the annual body analysis, Sebastian gets answers to everything he needs to know, such as:
- Fat mass and percentage – arms, legs, core
- Muscle mass and percentage – arms, legs, core
- Rest, metabolism
- Fluid, amount in kg and percentage
- Cell activity
- Biological age
Everything is examined to ensure that there is profit when Sebastian is in the car, which, all else being equal, improves his decisions and performance along the way.
Control the body’s reactions with your breathing
…. and jump in the freezer. The first few times Sebastian could hold out for a few seconds, today he has reached the goal in 2.5 minutes. He has learned the technique of controlling his breathing and has no problems with a trip in the cold water.
What can it be used for? If you can control your breathing in stressful situations, you also have the ability to remain calm. This applies before a start or time trial, when the adrenaline is at full throttle