Over the last several
months, I’ve had the pleasure of trainingMichelle
, a chamber and collaborative
pianist who works with the Western Academy of Beijing and performs all around
Asia. Michelle came to me after reaching a plateau using other forms of exercise
and in pain from multiple former injuries including a right leg and right
shoulder injury, lower back pain, and neck pain. With the hours upon hours of
rehearsals and traveling required in her profession, Michelle found it hard to make
time to go the gym, and even when she did find time to squeeze in a workout,
she found herself working out without a sense of focus—in the gym simply for
the sake of being there, rather than to make herself better.
Have you ever had anyone
point out something annoying about another person or thing that you hadn’t
noticed before and, all of a sudden, that’s all you can? Or one of your favorite movies has a sub-theme that you had never
noticed until you someone makes you realize it and now your movie is ruined? Or
maybe you learn about proper grammar and cringe anytime you say “good” instead
of “well” when someone asks you
how you’re doing? Before we lose track of the
purpose of the article, let’s focus on the
Though almost all beach volleyball players hate winter, these frigid
months are a prefect time to focus on injury prevention, expanding
functional range of motion, and increasing explosive power in the gym.
Taking full advantage of the offseason will allow you to excel when you
return to the court in the spring.
Some athletes neglect their offseason training regime because of fear
of injury, or perhaps they simply lack the knowledge of which exercises
will benefit their game the most. However, with informed coaching and
proper movement patterns, all athletes can benefit from offseason
Sand training is used by a variety of athletes
including, basketball, American football, volleyball, rugby, tennis and, of
course, beach volleyball. There are several reasons behind the use of sand
training for cross training for specific sports as each sport deals with
different forms of athleticism, however, there are many similarities across all
sports as well that will be discussed first.
Similarities across all sports include work threshold,
cardiovascular endurance, and muscular endurance pertaining mostly to the lower
you won’t get a dig, but as a defensive player you can’t afford to let the
chance at a dig slip away. You have tobelieve
that you are going to get every ball, every dig is yours, no matter where
it is on the court, that a missed ball is more of an anomaly than actually
getting the dig is. Hit the floor for everything and never give up on the ball.
All great sports plays happened because someone took a chance somewhere, so
always give yourself that chance. You owe it to yourself and to your team to try
and make that play.