If you're interested in this drill on setting and digging, you may also be interested in our beach volleyball classes in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and anywhere in the South Bay!
All of us beach volleyball players are looking for that one big thing -- the one lift to get us stronger, the one way to make money so we can continue pursuing this life on the beach, the one thing that'll get us hitting harder, jumping higher, running faster. Sadly, we do not have the answer for some of those things -- you can, however, take our 60-day strength and conditioning program to get you bouncing balls and swat-blocking and running around like Taylor Crabb.
What we do have, however, is the one drill you can do every practice that will improve your digging, swinging, setting, and footwork. It's all-encompassing and, perhaps the best part, it's perfect for groups when you have a strange number of players: 5, 6, 7, doesn't...
Watch Mark Burik and Ian Satterfield of the United States battle it out with El Salvador in the Men's Beach Volleyball at the 2019 Pan American Games.
If you're interested in this practice match between Riley and Madison McKibbin and Mark Burik and Curt Toppel, we think you'd love our classes in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach. Check out our classes and memberships at Better at Beach!
THE BEACHES ARE OPEN! Well, they're not fully open just yet. Not in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, or Huntington Beach, anyway. Beach volleyball nets cannot yet be set up, but you can at least stroll out on the sand, jump in the ocean -- do something other than workout at home or in the garage or wherever your new home gym may be.
In light of that, we decided to celebrate practice -- we're talkin' about practice, y'all. In the video below, Mark Burik and Curt Toppel are playing Madison and Riley McKibbin in a practice match.
It might not be a real beach volleyball match. It might not have any high stakes involved. It might just be practice.
But it's beach volleyball,...
If this beach volleyball blog is of interest to you, you may also be interested in our Beginner Membership, which can be of benefit to anyone, living anywhere. We'd love to have you take one of our beach volleyball classes in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach -- or you can some up for a video call with us too!
Sometimes we can't get out to play beach volleyball with our real partner -- but we still have plenty of options. We can play with the roof. The wall. The street. Those, of course, are also not our real partners, but at least they won't complain about a bad set or pass.
Even better, however, than our ever-reliable inanimate objects and surfaces around our houses and neighborhoods, are our roommates, fiancees, wives or husbands, children -- living, breathing partners. They don't have to be great, or even good, for that matter, at beach volleyball (you'll see in the video). They just have to be there, and willing to...
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.
Better at Beach Strength and Conditioning...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Don’t ignore the...
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...
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...
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...
Included are diagrams and written explanations of the most important exercises that EVERY pro player does or has done at one point or another.
The five skill sections covered are:
Serve Receive & Passing
Ball Control And Emergency Technique