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What I Love About Beach Volleyball: Mike C.

 

My name is Mike C. I live in Hermosa Beach.

I have been playing volleyball for 12 years. What got me into beach volleyball was just love for the sport, watching it on TV back when I was a kid, and then being able to play it for a little bit of time when I lived in Chicago.

What's really frustrating with my game is my scoring and my attacking and I think Mark has really improved my scoring and my jump serving as well.

What's unique about Mark's coaching that's helped me is his detail to individualize, and in a group of people where he’ll be able to pinpoint something really small that I do, that I can work on, and it really helped.

My serving has definitely improved in my game, and my confidence on the defensive level has improved in my game since taking the classes.

What I love about beach volleyball is the sun, some solar power that actually helps me a lot, and also the non-impact sport on my joints and my knees.

 

 

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Is there a right way to breathe during beach volleyball tournaments and practices?

 

Welcome to Better at Beach, where we are dedicated to helping you become the best beach volleyball player you can be. Doesn't matter if it's A, AA, open, or professional, whether you're located in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach, we're here to help you get fit, serve tougher, hit harder, and, in this case, breathe most effectively. 

It has perhaps reached the point of being a vogue topic, not just in beach volleyball or in sports, but in life in general. It isn't a fad diet, or a "get fit quick" workout program, rather much the contrary. It's something we do every day, every moment, awake or not, conscious or not. 

It's breathing. 

Mindfulness and meditation, as ancient a practice as it is, has quickly become one of the biggest topics in health and sports, including, if not especially, beach volleyball. The vast majority of professional and NCAA teams travel their sports psychologists who espouse, among a number of practices, breath work....

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11 Shoulder Exercises for Beach Volleyball in 1 Minute

 

So often, I’m asked questions about the best ways to warm up or workout for beach volleyball. Professionals have extensive warm up routines that armor their joints and work on their weaknesses. If you’ve been anywhere near a volleyball court in your life, you’ve seen somebody rubbing and rotating their hitting shoulder while their face winces in pain. Even after you've learned how to how to hit a volleyball properly, you can still experience some pain and injuries.

Why are shoulder exercises so important for beach volleyball players?

Injuries in beach usually develop because of muscular imbalances. Micro-tears in your muscle fibers develop into scar tissue when they aren’t given time to heal properly. If you’re pushing your body to the max, that just becomes a part of the game. BUT, when a muscle becomes less pliable, other muscles take over for it and these compensations have a tendency to build on top of each other.

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How to Build a Cheap Home Gym for Under $100

 

If your beach or gym is closed -- be it in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, anywhere in the South Bay or beyond -- worry not! We've got you covered with our 60-day strength and conditioning program to get you jumping higher, hitting harder, and running faster!

Throughout time, there have been hierarchies of all types and shapes and sizes. The order of most can be boiled down essentially to a single element: Resources. Whoever has the resources, be it in quantity or quality, is the one at the top of the food chain. And with gym closures and beach closures and, well, everything closures, the volleyball players at the top of the totem pole today? 

They're the ones with the home gyms. 

Home gyms can vary, of course. Some have dumbbells and bands set up in their living room, getting a good pump in while watching Netflix. Some have tricked out garages. And, of course, some are resourceless. 

Worry not. The Better at Beach crew is here to show you how...

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Three must-do exercises for beach volleyball players

 

A little more than a month ago, gyms and beaches across Southern California closed, bringing the same question to the forefront of nearly every beach volleyball player's mind: What now? 

How could volleyball players of all shapes and sizes and abilities, ranging from the beginner beach volleyball player seeking his A rating to the pro beach volleyball player seeking his first AVP Sunday, stay fit? 

How could they stay tournament ready? 

The volleyball community has proven, as it always has, remarkably resilient. Garage and home gyms have popped up. Roofs and walls are the new partners. Stretching and remaining mobile, helping to prevent injury, is the new heavy squat.  

It has proven that, honestly, you don't need a loaded up trap bar to be jumping higher and hitting harder and pier-bouncing in Huntington Beach. You just need a little bit of space, and the mindset that, no matter the adversity, you're going to become the beach volleyball player...

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30 Minute Lower Body HIIT Workout for Legs and Butt

 

To run through the list of the all-time greats in beach volleyball is to also run through some of the fittest individuals in the sport's history.

Karch Kiraly's sand workouts pre- and post-practice are the stuff of legend. They're also what led him to a 40-plus inch vertical and a career marked by more victories than anyone in beach volleyball. 

Brazilian beach volleyball gold medalist Emanuel Rego, perhaps the best player in the country's storied history, practically floated on the sand, so agile, limber and explosive was he. Ditto for Sinjin Smith and Mike Dodd, a pair of Hall of Famers. When looking at the current generation of beach volleyball players, the top is marked by much of the same characteristics. 

Anders Mol, the FIVB Player of the Year two years in a row, is an athletic marvel. Taylor Crabb, one of the best defenders in the world, is second to none when it comes to quickness and leaping. Troy Field flew up the AVP ranks behind an astounding...

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Beach Volleyball Tips: Serving Power vs Serving Accuracy

 

When recalling an answer to the oft-asked question of beach volleyball serving -- "Is it better to serve with power or with accuracy? -- two images come to mind. 

The first is of Jeremy Casebeer. If you missed AVP Seattle this past year, where he won with Canadian Olympian Chaim Schalk, that's perfectly fine. It's on Amazon Prime if you'd like to re-watch. Or you can simply read this recap here: Jeremy Casebeer ace, Jeremy Casebeer ace, Jeremy Casebeer ace. In the semifinals, where Casebeer and Schalk were playing Casey Patterson and Chase Budinger, Casebeer served his way to an 8-0 start. 

Eight nothing! In the first set of an AVP semifinal! His pace at the serving line would cool, but remain torrid enough to power him and Schalk to a smooth win and another in the finals over Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb. 

That is an example of power serving. 

The other image that comes to mind when thinking about beach volleyball serving is of Billy Kolinske. You...

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The Mental Struggle of a Beach Volleyball Injury

 

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It's difficult when an injury keeps you away from a sport you love. (I'm on the right)

Sports injuries are never fun. But it's really challenging when it keeps you from doing the things you love to do, like sports or any other kind of physical activity.

My injury occurred at the end of August performing an over hand dig during a simple warm up. The girl who was my partner threw it slightly to the left of me, and I caught the ball in a weird way, hurting my left pinky finger.

I thought I just jammed it, so I did what most people would probably do and taped it up and carried on with my class, then went home and iced it. Not a stranger to finger injuries in beach volleyball, I assumed it might hurt for several weeks, but that I could just keep taping it up and go on practicing.

At a regularly scheduled doctor's appointment two weeks later, I had it looked at, and it turns out it was dislocated. Not only that, but since I waited two weeks (every doctor I met liked to remind me...

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"I would love to qualify for an AVP!": Brandon Joyner

 

My name is Brandon Joyner. I'm from Chester Virginia and I've been coaching for VolleyCamp Hermosa since October of 2018.

I started playing when I was a junior in high school. I then went to George Mason University after that I was lucky enough to go play professionally overseas for two seasons, and switched over to beach volleyball where I played on the NVL for five years. Now I'm currently still playing on the AVP.

I got connected with VolleyCamp Hermosa by knowing Mark in college. The last couple years I've been hinting that I wanted to come out and finally, he gave me the push and the okay, and now that I'm out here I'm very excited to be working with him again.

I like coaching for VolleyCamp Hermosa because it really does feel like a family. I come out here every single day and I know that I'm going to recognize at least one person at class. It really is a warm environment that every single time, I have to come down to coach where I am excited to go.

I love coaching...

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Top 10 Books for Beach Volleyball Players to Read During COVID-19 Quarantine

 

By: Travis Mewhirter

For so long, prior to our Covid-19-induced quarantine, we've trotted out the rote answer when someone asks us how we are doing. 

"Busy," we say.

It's not a lie. Most of us are wildly, insanely, out-of-control busy. Busy with work. Busy with family. Busy with fighting for our next promotion. Busy cramming in a workout. We don't even think about it when we answer with that four-letter word, and, in reply, most will nod their heads, understanding. 

They're busy, too. 

Now, however, many of us are not so busy. We have more time than we've had on our plates since we were kids. Because we have more time on our hands than we are used to, we really have no idea what to do with it all. 

How can we fill the hours that are normally runneth over with tasks and Things To Do?

May I make a humble suggestion, just a subtle point in direction? 

Read. 

Read everything you can. Read fiction. Read non-fiction. Read religious material. Read...

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