Coaching volleyball encompasses so much more than strictly coaching volleyball 😉 In fact, there are times I enjoy the overall process more than simple court time. The process includes many of the categories listed within my blog, such as mental, nutrition, statistics, and others that are not included: marketing, logistics, player/parent “counseling”, etc. I believe a piece of this website puzzle that I have omitted until this point is exercise. Exercise is comprised of many parts, weight training, conditioning, core training, plyometrics, etc… all to be combined with proper nutrition.
I’m often asked for advice on exercise as I have been fortunate to be exposed to some incredible programs. I witnessed in person Karch Kiraly go through his pre-practice workout with his plyo-coach, Mike Rangel. This same workout routine was adopted by Misty May. I was fortunate to watch the University of Minnesota and 2008 NCAA National Strength Coach of the year Coach Sara Wiley in action with the team. And I have worked with some great strength coaches in between. The great programs are ones that incorporate volleyball movements with strength and agility movements PLUS new ideas to keep the program fresh. I have run across a great video that does just that called Core Power for Volleyball.
Elaine Roque, former AVP player and USA Volleyball National Team player has developed a great program with her strength coach. As a disclaimer, I do not add products to my blog for monetary purposes. In fact, there are no advertisements on my blog. The purpose of my blog is to spread my passion of volleyball to make the sport better.
Core Power for Volleyball is not a program that has been thrown together in a day, month, or year, but is one of the world’s best volleyball player’s culmination of exercises over an entire training career. This career has included the USA Olympic Training Center, top NCAA Division I strength programs, and professional beach volleyball strength trainers. Experience, over time, speaks volumes in developing a great program. This video will make any player better and help reduce injury. In a sporting world of “Bigger, Faster, Stronger”, this training regimen is the real deal for volleyball. You can find the video here: http://www.totalvid.com/Abs-Instructional/Core-Power-for-Volleyball or here: http://corepowerforvolleyball.com
At Winthrop University Volleyball, we have included parts of the program with our spring workouts.
REMEMBER!!! Exercise needs to be incorporated with proper nutrition too. Be sure to properly hydrate and refuel your body immediately after a workout (a drink as simple as chocolate milk is a great post-workout supplement).
My goal with my players is that nutrition and exercise becomes a healthy lifestyle habit. Core Power for Volleyball is an excellent training foundation for a healthy lifestyle.