With a new season comes a new training regime for Matt Tifft, who joins RCR for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro.
The 21-year-old driver has been focusing on his fitness with a new workout program, Speedo FIT powered by Team EXOS. Tifft visits a Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine facility based out of Huntersville, North Carolina four days a week to work with EXOS specialists on the Speedo FIT program, which is designed to utilize the power of training in the water for a total-body workout.
“On Mondays, I do two hours of work in the pool, which involves different cardio exercises and focusing on strengthening my endurance and stamina,” said Tifft.
“Once the season starts back up, I’ll also use Monday to help work out any stiffness or sore muscles,” he said. “On Tuesday I usually do an hour of correctional exercises and break down areas with active massage techniques using tools like the foam roller. The next hour after that is all core-based workouts, and then a session of acupuncture.
“Wednesday is a strength training day for me,” Tifft continued. “Thursday is when I get back in the pool and really focus on the Speedo FIT program, which involves weightlifting and bodybuilding exercises in the water. I finish off with an hour of normal swimming.”
Tifft really turned his attention to working on his fitness at the start of the new year. As a participant of the Keto Diet since last year, he was looking for training piece to go along with the nutrition plan that would help in the long run with his racing career.
“Looking back on last year, I felt there were certain parts of the year when I felt fresh and then in other parts of the year I felt a lot more worn down,” said Tifft. “Last year when I got to playoffs it was almost like a refresher and I had something new to focus on. But for a while in the middle of the year, it was hard to stay mentally and physically focused. That is something I want to do better on this year, and I feel like this fitness program is a good way for me to work towards that.”
“I got connected with the Team EXOS Speedo FIT program through David Marsh,” Tifft stated. “He’s one of the lead U.S. Olympic swim coaches, and we met through a mutual connection where he told me about this program that Olympians are doing to train. It’s been great so far. I feel like if I continue this program, I’ll feel a lot better throughout the whole season.
“Right now, I feel both more prepared and more confident in my ability to not only make it through races feeling good, but also to be smart about how much energy I put into things leading up to a race weekend to be sure I’m ready for the demands of it,” he said. “I have a better sense of my stamina now.”
With the 2018 Xfinity Series season about to be kick off, Tifft’s life is about to get a whole lot busier, but he remains committed to Team EXOS and the Speedo FIT program.
“Once we get the season going, it’s going to be tricky to do Monday through Thursday, but I’m committed to it,” said Tifft. “I’m still planning to exercise Monday through Thursday, but with travel that may need to be adjusted every now and then. Parts of the program will change and get bigger, for instance, what I do at home on a Sunday will grow to play a bigger role. I have a kit they gave me at home to help work on sore muscles after a race.
“It will be tough but worth it. Some NFL Players Association members train there too,” he said. “There was a player from the Jaguars there the other day, so it’s definitely motivating to be able to work alongside them in a way.”
With his newfound focus on health and nutrition, Tifft is ready to hit the track for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season at Daytona International Speedway. Catch the first race of the year on Saturday, February 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1.