Sunday, October 12, 2008


Back in the old days, training and discipline meant drinking light beer after a long day of competition or at the beach. But in today’s world of sports if you are not working out or eating right you will fall behind. Athletes in every sport from car racing to gymnastics practice a variety of health and fitness routines that help them stay at the top of their games.

In volleyball, there are five physical keys to proper training: power, agility, flexibility and nutrition. Through, sports-specific exercise and discipline, those skills should be developed at an early age and continue to grow with your game.

Here are five physical keys that will take your volleyball game, whether indoor or beach, to the next level and beyond.

1. POWER – Power is the ability to move strongly with speed. Plyometrics and Olympic weight lifting help improve power.

2. AGILITY - Agility is the ability to move quickly and easily. Speed drills and Plyometrics increase agility

3. FLEXIBILTY – Flexibility is the ability to move through a full rage of motions. This skill improves an athlete’s performance in a variety of volleyball situations. Passive stretching of the muscles used for volleyball and its movements, before and after activity, improves flexibility.

4. FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH – Functional strength is the body’s ability to generate force for volleyball-related skills. Plyometrics, Olympic weight lifting and supplemental resistance exercises like using kettlebells help develop functional strength.
5. NUTRITION - Nutrition is the process by which the body breaks down food to supply nutrients ad energy to maintain health and athletic performance. Eating balanced meals from the four basic food groups provide nutrition.
Funk Roberts
excerpts from Heat

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