INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - On March 24, Graham Rahal will race for his father Bobby for the start of the IZOD IndyCar season.
WISH-TV Sports Director Anthony Calhoun spent some time with the IndyCar driver who is stepping up his fitness before stepping into his car – that's why it was so important to him to convince his father to build a work-out room in the shop at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
"Right when I saw this space I said to my dad, ‘we have to turn this into a gym for the guys," Rahal said. "Right now we're getting close to racing season. The guys are working 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. every day."
Rahal works out almost everyday. He lifts weights, hits the treadmill and works on his core, which is very important for his racing.
Alex Gorne works out with Rahal.
"I've known Graham for a number of years," Gorne said. "I think he is very driven right now. Whether wanting to get in the gym with me or wanting to go running."
Rahal knows he's fortunate to have a trainer. He recommends that when you workout, find a partner.
"If you're with someone, number one you're going to enjoy it more," Rahal said. "You're going to want to go more often. You're going to push yourself harder because you see what they're doing. They're going to feed off you and vice versa and you're going to get more out of it."
Rahal did make one confession during the interview.
"I have the worst sweet tooth," he said. "No I honestly have the worst sweet tooth and my dad does too. You get a couple of glasses wine in my dad and he will eat four Skinny Cows. To be honest though, as far as sweets go, fruits are about as good as it gets."
Rahal will be the first to admit that working out isn't easy, but if you stay focused you'll reap tremendous benefits.
"You just feel better as a human being your self esteem," he said. "It's just a healthier lifestyle. I know for me personally when I feel fit I am a much happier person."
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