KidsForCashUK.orgRace testing has been put on hold as Dave Gale steps up to take the reins of a new campaign to protect vulnerable children. Kids for Cash UK has evolved following Dave’s original November 2012 Kids for Cash Court Scandal press release that received popular acclaim as pointing to serious deficiencies and even corruption within the Family Justice system.

Kids for Cash UK (www.KidsForCashUK.org) is focused on protecting vulnerable children by exposing paedophiles and investigating criminal corruption in the family justice and care systems. Already, Dave Gale has had one wrongfully imprisoned mother released from jail as he continues to use his professional expertise to expose malpractice and corruption in public services.

Dave Gale said, “We have a Facebook page which gives details of some of the cases that we’re running with at the moment. Eventually, we will have a website with fully documented case studies targeted at demonstrating to government exactly what needs to be done.”

“I will not pass by on the other side of the road when I see the flagrant injustice that is affecting children and, in some cases, exposing them to serious risk of sexual abuse. In the long term, I hope to carry the Kids for Cash UK logo on our race machinery to attract funding for our charity.”

David Gale
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360

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Week 12Week 12 (ending) Sunday 14.04.13 Weight 12st 4lbs – My own measure of fitness has always been “Can I do stuff?” Yes, in the past, professional sport was the main driver but “Can you play football this weekend?” and “Fancy a game of tennis?” are not questions that I want to have to think twice about just because of fitness. Hidden within that lifestyle choice has been a complete rejection of the anti-competitive culture that ‘passive-aggressives’ try to use as a control mechanism and a life that has been fortunate enough to be able to enjoy dozens of different sports.

Week 12: the six pack will have to wait!

Week 12: the six pack will have to wait!

This final week has seen lighter nights and warmer weather, so I added cycling to and from the gym to my routine. It’s just over four miles each way with purpose-built cycle paths alongside the River Derwent, which is a real hardship. The training focus has remained on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with some amusing responses to me gasping for breath in my ten second intervals in the weights area! The cycling becomes the perfect warm up and cool down.

My recovery from the trapped nerve continues apace with the strength slowly returning to my right triceps. The nerve is still trapped but, by maintaining light / medium exercise for the affected muscle group, the neural connection appears to have started to re-route. Whatever, I now have a triceps that’s usable again five weeks after the event, compared to the 12-18 months quoted by the ‘experts’.

DG Bike VirginSo, we’re at the end of my 12 Week Fitness Challenge. Big questions: Did I achieve what I set out to achieve? What did I learn? I’m undoubtedly fitter and stronger than when I started, so that has to be a tick. I already knew that constraining a programme to a twelve week target was somewhat artificial, particularly with the pressures of my campaign work. My challenge proved that any programme needs to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances but, again, no big surprises there. Once I’ve got rid of the trapped nerve, I’ll be in better shape to start my kart testing programme than I was twelve weeks ago.

Ok, so after 40 years of sport and coaching experience, here’s what I did learn in just twelve short weeks:

  • Modern sports nutrition supplements, incorporated within a structured training programme and healthy diet, can provide a significant advantage both in athletic development and in recovery. I was not expecting to have to curtail the ‘build’ segment of my programme after just six weeks. The results honestly astounded me. At 54 years old, I have never in my life before felt so fresh and ready to go the day after a weights session as DG Virgin weightsI’ve done whilst using nutritional supplements.
  • A trapped nerve can atrophy muscle so fast you’ll think you’re being eaten from the inside. Stop training at your peril. You will have nothing left of the affected muscle group within a matter of weeks. Listen to your body and, if you consider it safe, maintain a light training regime on the affected muscle group. It is critical that you try and maintain some kind of neural connection to the muscle.
  • When you’re putting together an intensive programme, for every piece of advice from an ‘expert’, you’ll find at least another two saying the complete opposite. Be thorough in your own research, listen to your body, trust your own judgment, and take nothing for granted.
  • Regardless of what they say, do not expect other people to be supportive of your diet regime. Some may regard your discipline as being over the top but that’s often driven by their own insecurities. You will have to develop a very thick skin to go with your rigid discipline, if you are to hit your goals.
  • At 54, you can be measurably stronger than you were at 24.
David Gale Week 1 + 12

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If you’re thinking about putting a training programme together, think carefully about what you want to achieve. ‘Cover magazine’ might be good for the ego but it’s practically useless for sport. If you are involved in competitive sport, remember whatever size and physique you end up with, what matters is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog…

See the full week by week account here!

See my training diary here!

David Gale
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360

Week 8Week 8 (ending) Sunday 17.03.13 Weight 12st 6lbs – BANG! Everything was going so well! So, as well as suffering from trapped wind last week, I also developed a problem with a trapped nerve. Painful though it was, I noted that it had zero impact on my training but, being a sensible chap, I thought I’d give myself an extended rest at the beginning of Week 8. So Monday and Tuesday were taken as rest days during which the pain from the trapped nerve became considerably worse. Since training had previously loosened off everything, I returned to my 28kg dumbbells on Wednesday, up to my chest, ready to press out and… nothing. That weight was going nowhere. I took the weight down to 22kg and struggled to press 4 reps with a right arm that seemed to belong to someone else. All of my other dumbbell exercises were fine – no problem at all with the full 28kg weight. It felt as though the trapped nerve had selectively withered part of my right tricep. Let’s prove the point with some tricep dips… “Houston, we have a problem!” I struggled to knock out ten when three days before I had done thirty suspended with full bodyweight.

Whenever you’re involved in competitive sports, something will always come out of the blue. It’s about how you react that counts. So, what can I do? Lay off the weights for a few days and hit the Nordictrack elliptical. Four straight days on the Nordic loosened everything off whilst I tried to manipulate the trapped nerve out from under a vertebrae. Whilst some might advise against DIY chiro, when you’ve spent 20+ years racing that included being pitched over the handlebars at well over 100 mph and landing head and shoulder first on tarmac, you quickly learn a trick or two to deal with the resultant skeletal soup. Sunday morning arrives and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with the gentlest of head rotations going on and ‘CLUNK’… that’ll do it!

Week 8: After the Big Bang! 4lbs lighter, stronger legs, but softened upper body due to injury

Week 8: After the Big Bang! 4lbs lighter, stronger legs, but softened upper body due to injury

Off to the gym before my photo session and whilst my strength is a little down, all of the stability is back. Relief! Except that it quickly becomes apparent that the trapped nerve had also been masking a slight shoulder injury… so gently does it!

The Week 8 pic is outwardly not much different to Week 6 but it hides a number of things:

I’m 4lbs lighter, I’m carrying more muscle on my legs but my upper body muscle tone has softened because of nearly a week off the weights. So, chin up! I have four weeks to go and need to really focus now to lean out. I’m going to be helped by my secret recipes that I’ve developed over the years that I know will help to burn fat but still provide the carbo and protein that I need. Oh, and if any bodybuilder tells you not to use cardio to lean out, remind them that some of us actually use our bodies for things other than just looking at…

Stay tuned to see if I can get this schedule back on track!

See the full week by week account here!

David Gale
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360

Week 4Week 4 (ending) Sunday 17.02.13 Weight 12st 6lbs – I’m a bad, bad boy! I was out on Saturday night and in party animal mode. I never drink to excess but I didn’t get to bed until 7am so Sunday training was just not going to happen. But wait! Actually, I built my regime to accommodate exactly that eventuality so, after ‘resting’ on Sunday, I did Sunday’s weights session on Monday at lunchtime and completed the day with 1 hour of BodyJam and my abs session in the evening. Back on track! I may even try that again because I seemed to train better for the extra day’s rest. Any excuse…

Some may be alarmed at the steady increase in my body weight. Don’t be! Remember I’m on a twelve week programme, the first eight weeks of which is focused on improving strength and building muscle. Well, you can’t build muscle by starving yourself so, for now, I’m happy to let the weight increase in the certain knowledge (please, Lord!) that when I get to the ‘cut’ section of my programme it will drop off, leaving me lean and mean. The new picture tells its own story and I’m really happy with that after just four weeks. My strength has improved steadily throughout and the muscle mass increase is clear to see.

Did I restore the discipline? You can see my full Week 4 report and the ***NEW PIC*** here.

David Gale
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360

12 Week ChallengeWelcome to Dave Gale’s 12 week Fitness Challenge!

The aim of my racing project is to demonstrate that ’50-Somethings’ can still compete! As part of my preparation for a move into professional kart racing, I have to get myself back as close as I can to the level of fitness I had decades ago when I was a double grand prix motorcycle champion.

At 54 years old, I know I have a mountain to climb before I’m close to being fit enough to commence a grueling racing test schedule. I’m used to training but I have to step it up and deliver a lot more stamina combined with top-end strength.

Dave GaleI’ve always enjoyed cross-training, using different sporting activities to deliver specific results but this time I wanted to try something a little different. A unique blend of Les Mills choreographed BodyJam for my cardio, combined with weights in the Virgin Active gym. I still have a liking for the occasional game of football, basketball and a stint or two on a Nordictrack eliptical machine, so my schedule needs to stay flexible to keep things interesting.

The one significant addition that I’m going to make to my training schedule for the next twelve weeks is the use of a range of protein supplements. As someone who has never used a training supplement, I want to see just how much difference modern sports nutrition can make in the next 12 weeks.

Follow my progress here!

KartingRamTec Motorsport is pleased to announce its 2013 Sponsors’ Prospectus highlighting a range of options that includes marketing to the 50+ age group with the move to four wheels of veteran grand prix motorcycle championship winner Dave Gale.

As well as adding a mature flavour to the marketing mix, RamTec is also pleased to announce a unique partnership with one of the world’s best known breakdancing crews.

Dave Gale said, “We’ve always been prepared to go the extra mile for sponsors by offering city-centre displays. Now we can add an exciting breakdancing crew to our display stand that will feature our hi-tech racing karts.

Right click here and ‘Save Target As’ for the 2013 RamTec Motorsport Prospectus

David Gale
CEO
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360

Dave Gale -RamTec  RT2Veteran racer and superbike racing coach Dave Gale is set to make a competitive debut in professional kart racing in 2013.

Former two wheeled champ Dave has been training hard in preparation for a switch to the gruelling four wheeled world of professional kart racing but he’s under no illusions about how tough it will be.

“I’m used to training hard so fitness won’t be an issue but I know that I’ll still have a mountain to climb. We have the advantage of knowing how to put a development programme in place having done it successfully many times before but I also know that nothing will prepare me for the first time on a four wheeled starting grid.”

Dave is currently discussing a contract for next season which he admits will be a steep learning curve: “We always make sure that the promotional programme delivers a return for our sponsors win or lose, so there’s just as much emphasis on the business putting together a really good promotional mix for our sponsors.”

David Gale
CEO
RamTec Motorsport
+44 (0)7703 460360