Author: Marc Bird

4 Ways to Recover After Your Volleyball Training

With how much we do to our bodies; from lifting weights, running, and even day to day routinely work, we need to balance our body and let it recover!  Recovery is the key part in making all your hard work pay off and show. Without recovery our bodies are susceptible to injury, fatigue, muscle breakdown, and a worn out mind. Here are some of my favorite tactics for recovering well after training. Foam Rolling Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release and is referred to as the “poor man’s massage.” Myofascial release technique that therapists have been using for years. A...

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What Is The 2016 Olympic Beach Volleyball Dress Code?

The beach volleyball dress code that existed since 1996, when beach volleyball first became an Olympic-medal event, gave players basically two options.      Bikini or body suit. But because athletes typically only don body suits in cold weather, the “official” uniform of beach volleyball is the bikini. Of course, a bikini (for which the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) allows “a maximum side width of seven centimeters (2.76 inches)”) is not the most religiously or culturally sensitive uniform. So it’s about time that another option has been added to the mix. As Huffington Post reported, as of the last...

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The Importance of Mental Training for Your Volleyball Success

To an amateur it might be surprising that there’s a lot more to training than the sport itself. Yes, that’s right, as well as copious amounts of physical exercise in all areas of the gym, court and pool, the most successful volleyball players also undergo a lot of mental training too.   Developing into a better volleyball player doesn’t necessarily mean bumping up the hours of training. It could simply mean you need to address the issues that are preventing you from succeeding and analysing the elements that make up a successful athletic performance. A lot of players completely...

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Power Posing is Crucial for Every Volleyball Player

I am going to share with you the first lesson I teach at every volleyball camp and clinic and I encourage you to do the same. Why, because the results are instantaneous and massive!     Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher from Harvard Business School offers powerful insights into her years of research on the topic in her “TED talk”, called “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.”   In her talk she reveals how “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel confident- can affect the measures of testosterone and cortisol...

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Perfect Exercises for Your Volleyball Mobility

When you have to act fast in multiple directions in volleyball, you need to have good mobility in your calves, hips and spine. Otherwise, you end up with improper form that can lead to injury.   First of all, good training is important for your body. You don’t want gamble with your body the way someone gamble in online casino games. You want to stay healthy all the time. The following exercises can be incorporated into your daily warm-up to improve your lateral mobility for volleyball. Variations on a Lateral Lunge with 3-Way Reach, they increase mobility, strength and power....

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