While all top athletes adhere to rigorous training regimes and strict diets, jockeys are among the most disciplined sportspeople in the world. Due to horses being allocated a specific weight to carry in a race, jockeys must remain in full control of their diet at all times to weigh the right amount.
A combination of a disciplined diet and an intense training regime, in many cases beginning daily at 5am and involving long running sessions, ensures that jockeys are some of the fittest athletes on the planet. They must strive to stay fit and lightweight enough to perform at the very top of their sport.
Both men and women can be jockeys, though horseracing has traditionally been a male-dominated sport. In more recent years, however, there has been a significant increase in female jockeys competing in horseracing.