Hey guys: the AVP just published a trending article from beach volleyball pro Mark Burik, CEO and co-founder of Better at Beach. Mark shares his perspective on the sport he loves and the path he took around the world — from Queens, NY to Hermosa Beach, CA — so he could play pro. Learn some great insights from a pro player and coach whose life mission is to help players get better at volleyball.
“If you’re like me, you didn’t find volleyball early on in life,” Mark says. “I grew up playing every sport I could and while I still enjoy them all, beach volleyball has completely hooked me for the last 10 years.”
We recently welcomed native Floridian Kelly Goncalves to the 7-day training camp at VolleyCamp Hermosa. Based on her review, Kelly had a blast. She blogged about her experience and was kind enough to share her thoughts with us, published below with her permission.
By Kelly Goncalves
Traveling to California is an adventure regardless of where you go. The rumors are true, the weather really is perfect all the time and the traffic is terrible all the time. I didn't rent a car and lived by the beach for eight days during my stay and I recommend you do the same. Hermosa Beach is an hour bike ride south of Venice beach. It's a smoke-free beach with miles on end of beautiful deep sand, high waves, and plenty of volleyball courts to share. Bring your own ball and make some new friends there is always someone playing.
In late August I flew out to the West Coast to watch the AVP games and attend a 7-day training camp.
Since writing this post, the training camp has added a...
Hand setting in volleyball can be a challenge until you’ve mastered proper technique.
We clock a lot of hours every month coaching beach volleyball and it turns out there are 7 common mistakes players make again and again in their hand sets. Overcoming these 7 deadly sins on the court can make the difference between crushing it in a match or getting crushed.
To help, we’ve put together this video demonstrating the 7 deadly sins of volleyball hand setting, but more importantly, proper technique that puts you in charge of the volleyball – and ultimately the court. So don’t be the player with “dainty lady” hands, or a slapper. A balloon catcher, or ol’ “crab hands.”
Be sure to check out our other beach volleyball training videos for coaching tips from pro volleyball players. Lots of good stuff to learn and review. You’ll find great volleyball drills and clear, entertaining explanations on how to do everything...
When you love beach volleyball and you’re overdue for a vacation by the sea, might as well combine the two and make dreams come true. The best destinations deliver thrilling beach volleyball action and soul-satisfying scenery, which is one of the hallmarks of a great vacation. So where to go?
Beach volleyball can obviously be played anywhere you can find sand and a net. In the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, approximately 4,000 tons of sand were trucked into a 15,000-seat stadium for the beach volleyball event. But there’s nothing quite like a beach volleyball destination with a stunning ocean view.
If you’re going to take vacation time to play beach volleyball, might as well travel where the action is at its best and the scenery is most beautiful. With these goals in mind, we’ve rounded up the Top 10 Beach Volleyball Destinations throughout the world. Each of these destinations offers the best beach volleyball you can find on the planet, amid...
Coach Donny Hui just interviewed beach volleyball pro Mark Burik on YouTube show, THE DIG. Mark is a professional beach volleyball player (AVP and FIVB World Tours), an athletic performance trainer, entrepreneur, and beach volleyball coach, as founder of Better at Beach Volleyball.
“Learn about Mark’s story of going from a serious baseball player, to picking up volleyball in college on a club team, to walking onto a Division 1 program, to becoming a professional volleyball player,” Coach Donny says. “Mark provides insights into his thought processes and work ethic that will inspire you to achieve your own goals! Feel free to share this video with your friends to inspire them as well.”
Take it to the next level: Learn about our 7-day beach volleyball training camps.
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Transcript of The Dig #6 – Coach Donny’s interview with Mark...
Check out this hard-fought beach volleyball match from the AVP San Francisco. Marty Lorenz and Mark Burik came up against Billy Allen and Stafford Slick. Allen/Slick won the set and match.
This is part of our beach volleyball training series where you can study Armswing Mechanics, Defensive Positioning and Attack Timing by observing AVP pros in action.
Take your skills to the next level with our 7-day beach volleyball training camps. Hot fun in the sun. We also have beach volleyball courses and training programs to suit every skill level and need.
Still hungry for beach volleyball training? Of course you are. Here’s what’s happening over at VolleyCamp Hermosa, a great destination for beach volleyball instruction and training with the pros. We’ll help you get your game on. Come see us on the beach.
Follow along as we go through this 60-minute pre-season full-body beach volleyball workout with professional beach volleyball players Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner. There's a wealth of beach volleyball training information, covering strength, conditioning, aerobics and exercises to improve your volleyball skills.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL MOBILITY WORKOUTS
D) Dynamic Range of Motion - 1 Set of 10 Reps Each Side.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL SHOULDER HEALTH
Static Endurance - 1 Set of 1 Minute...
Hey guys, the video that you're about to watch is an example of one of our beach volleyball lessons from our attacking course: Approach footwork, which will be coming out soon. We have a lot of different lessons, tips, drills and tutorials that are built into this attacking course beach volleyball. We guarantee that this will also be an asset to all those indoor players out there. We will teach you all different types of skills that you need in order to become the best attacker possible. Make sure you click subscribe to our Beach Volleyball YouTube channel. Click that little bell for the notifications so that you can be reminded when we are coming out with a video next. Lastly, don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list! Just for becoming a part of our tribe, you'll immediately get a free beach volleyball drill book, "36 Essential Drills for Beach Volleyball".
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Beach volleyball is an all-encompassing game. When we talk to our students at Better at Beach, sometimes we cover everything -- Beach Volleyball 101 style. In this call with Joe L., AVP Professional beach volleyball player Mark Burik discusses topics A-Z in the game, from good arm swing mechanics to defensive positioning to attack timing.
It's one of the many products and services we offer here at Better at Beach, and if you'd like to schedule a call with Mark or one of our professional volleyball players, check us out with a 30-minute phone call and film review. We can go over any topic, skill, or question you have -- as we do with Joe in the video below.
We're firm believers that aside from physically practicing and being on the beach, there is nothing that can help your development in beach volleyball as studying your own game from practice and match film. I challenge you to think of a single sport where teams at the highest level don't watch hundreds of hours of...
Included are diagrams and written explanations of the 36 MOST IMPORTANT EXERCISES you NEED to win more matches!
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