So, if you read my last post, you’d know that I am currently trying to reach both my fitness and volleyball goals. I want to be able to play to the best of my ability and become a more versatile player both strategically and physically. I’ve upped my fitness game by implementing more workout days in the gym and revamping my diet, because we all know that ‘abs are made in the kitchen.’
For me personally, It’s not even all about aesthetics I’m really looking to find a place where I can both be in shape and strong. Plenty of people workout in the gym to ‘look good’ or to ‘get fit,’ for me, it’s so much more than that. Many years ago after I graduated from high school, I lost weight to get in shape for my college years. That time around, I did a lot of cardiovascular work with some resistance training mixed in. Thinking back, I realize that yes, I looked good however I could have been stronger. If you haven’t noticed in my videos, I’ve lost a little bit of weight! -50 pounds to be exact
What is in SHAPE for a Volleyball Player?
Now, the volleyball players that we see on TV are either very tall and lanky, or shorter and thin. Let me get it into your head that you DO NOT need to be skinny to play volleyball. A question that I often get is, ‘How can I play Volleyball If I’m overweight?’ I’ve played volleyball in multiple stages, skinny, young, adult, overweight, etc. Never once, have I ever let my love and passion for the game waver because of a few extra pounds. Volleyball is a great way to implement more cardiovascular activity into your life! That is, if you take it a bit more serious. Often in recreational locations, it can be sometimes a lot of standing around, laughing, and joking. If you want to make it into the workout it is, practice good form, hustle to the ball, and give it your darndest. Adding in supplemental workouts is the key to adding more physical fitness into your life while playing volleyball.
What Are The Steps to Getting In Shape?
Let’s say that you are planning on trying out for your volleyball team but you don’t even know where to begin when it comes to getting in shape. That’s okay! Many programs have summer conditioning and that’s an excellent way to meet the coaching staff, players, and get some experience in the team environment. The first step is to go onto your school , recreation or club website and look for the summer schedule. It’s never a bad idea to get started early! When I was playing youth volleyball in high school, I went to summer workouts as much as I could. I wanted to be prepared and work hard during the summer to be successful during the season. Here is a key tip to remember:
"The volleyball season is not the time to learn new material, it’s the time to utilize what you know. The summer and off-season is when you should be learning new skills and technique."
When you know that you are going to tryout for your team. Start practicing immediately! It’s okay if you need help or you have questions on how to execute certain skills. There are many websites, tutorials, videos, and blogs that can help you learn the skills you need to start playing. Take the time to learn as much information that you can to become the best player that you can be!
This workout is something that you can do at home with just a little bit of open space, a volleyball, and a wall! I also have a video listed on YouTube of some training tips that can help further jump-start that volleyball training. Make sure to sign up and subscribe to both the blog and my channel so that you are up to date on all of my volleyball shenanigans. Plus! There is a sale going on right now on all Koko Volley products
Do you know when your volleyball workouts and conditioning is? Leave a comment below!
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