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Driver’s Ed

It’s fairly obvious what exercises certain athletes would do in the gym to improve performance — a speed skater would favor squats, a gymnast would do bodyweight moves, a crew member would do rows — but what about a race-car driver? Just sit around and hold a 10-pound plate like it’s a steering wheel? Not exactly. Researchers from the Wisconsin-Parkside and Wisconsin-La Crosse universities interviewed 40 stock-car racers and found that the bench press was the most common lifting exercise. Running was the most popular cardio activity among the drivers — ironic, considering their sport requires being seated for hours during a race. However, “extreme fatigue” and shoulder soreness after a race were the most commonly reported feelings by the subjects, which pretty much explains their exercise selection.