In this article I will review what I have learned working with some of the best volleyball trainers in the world. As I mentioned last week I turn 40 in month and a half and I am in the best shape I have been in 10 years.
As you get older the toughest part is how to recover faster. The science and nutrition behind recovery is light years ahead of what was happening just 15 years ago for me personally while attending UCLA. Here is a list of my personal tips for recovery:
The Half-Kneeling Core Activation Exercise is great warm up, cool down or even core exercise to add to any volleyball training workout to help build your core and make sure it fires correctly.
Thoracic Spine Rotation Mobilization with Diaphragm Breathing Volleyball Exercise with Eric Ilgenfritz
One of the fastest ways to fix nagging lower-back, shoulder or neck problems is to improve mid-back mobility with targeted thoracic spine exercises. The thoracic spine rotation mobilization with diaphragm breathing volleyball exercise is one of the best exercises older players can do to reduce back problems.
Single leg raises with core activation is a great FMS volleyball training exercise that will reduce many common volleyball injuries including back injuries while also helping your bodies muscular system fire more effectively.
So I have been training and playing hard now for months in South Africa with little to no shoulder pain. I attribute this to some minor changes I made in my arm swing as well as this great exercise I picked up from the volleyball trainers at Velocity Fitness. Y-T-W is a great volleyball shoulder exercise for posterior activation and scapular stabilizing.
Reid’s Workouts is producing some of the most physical and dynamic volleyball players. In this four part video series you will get access to a full workout that Reid Hall took a small group of 16 and 17 year old female volleyball players through. The four part series will cover the following:
The next video features volleyball warm up exercises and drills called jog, core, dynamics. This is a great warm up for players of all levels and is quick and effective. This drill is a combination of what Chris learned at UCI (Playing), USC (Coaching), and USA National Team (Coaching and Playing).
This series of 14 videos features a Multi-Directional Workout filmed at Velocity Newport Mesa with Sports Performance Coach Chase Cameron. This is the third of 3 workouts filmed at Velocity Sports Performance. The other workouts were a Linear Training Day and a Jump / Landing Day.
This series of 16 videos features a Jump / Landing Workout filmed at Velocity Newport Mesa with Sports Performance Coach Chase Cameron. Chase and the rest of the Velocity team train allot of top volleyball players including Pro AVP players like Ed Ratledge. This is the second of three workouts we filmed at Velocity Sports Performance.
In this video Chase Cameron, Velocity Sports Perseverance Coach explains the difference between Static and dynamic stretching and when each type of stretching should be used and why. This video offers a good quick explanation and is a must see for any player, coach or trainer who does not fully understand the subject and the impact on volleyball athletic performance.
The pogo volleyball exercise drill is a great drill that accomplishes multiple task including, warming up athletes, increasing linear and multi-directional speed, and improving athletes vertical jump.
Volleyball thermogenic warm up’s are a good way to get ready for most volleyball related activity including lifting, training, sprinting, workouts and of course playing volleyball. Thermogenesis is a process in which the body generates heat. In exercise-induced thermogenesis, the body creates heat to warm up the muscles because warm muscles work better and more efficiently.
This video contains the Glut Med Activation exercises used by the athletes to get ready for workout 3. These exercises should be used before workouts as well as physical training / playing. Top players like Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser do glut med activation exercises before practice.
Kettlebell Swings, Gobler Squat, RDL Stretch, TRX – Y,T,W, Rows – Velocity Workout 2 – Jump Day (Video 1 & 2)
This video contains a number of volleyball specific exercises including kettlebell swings, gobler squats, RDL stretches and TRX – Y, T, W, Rows. These exercises will help your players jump higher and avoid volleyball injuries. The TRX exercises are exceptional for shoulder posterior activation and the RDL stretch is great for hip mobility and more.
Thermogenic Warm Up – Jump Rope, Shallow Squat Knee Hug, Leg Cradle, Dynamic Quad Stretch, – Velocity Workout 2 – Jump Day
This is video 2 for thermogenic warm ups from Velocity Workout 2 – Jump / Landing Day. This video includes more jump rope as well as the exercises shallow squat knee hug, leg cradle and dynamic quad stretch. It’s important to watch both video 1 and video 2 to see the sequence of exercise regarding thermogenic warm up’s.
Thermogenic Warm Up – Jump Rope, Lunge and Reach, Reverse Lunge Twist, – Velocity Workout 2 – Jump Day
Velocity Workout 2 is a Jump / Landing day which means it is very important to warm up successfully. This video contains a thermogenic warm up that all volleyball trainers will love. Exercises include; Jump rope, lunge and reach, and reverse lunge twist.
Pogo volleyball exercise drill is a great drill to help build explosive movement for defense and playing volleyball. This video contains the double, alternating single and twist pogo.
This video contains the sumo squat touchdown exercise as well as drills to help work on no false steps with your movement. The sumo squat touchdown is a great exercise and works on hip mobility and hamstring flexibility.
This video contains a number of exercises to help get athletes ready for the movement portion of the workout.
This video contains part of the warm up. This includes glut med activation exercises used to warm up critical areas of the body as well as increase the heart rate. This exercise can also be used to help identify weaknesses, imbalances and potential future injuries. Experienced instructors can use this exercise to also identify and modify the workout as needed.
This video contains a number of warm up and work out drills used by USC Men’s and Women’s Volleyball to get ready for practice and matches. This includes: Body Blade Shoulder Warmup, 9 Tap and Reach RDL, and Soft Press for Spinal Stability.
This video shows the DROM – Dynamic Range of Motion Warm Up used by USC men’s volleyball team. A good DROM warm up has been proven to increase athletic performance and decrease injuries. This video is insightful especially when compared to the previous practice plans filmed with Bill and seeing how the warm up has changed in even just a year.
In this 2 video series you get a detailed explanation on what is the correct warm up for volleyball and why. This warm up is similar to what the USA men’s and women’s national team use to get in shape.
Mike presents a video on several volleyball warm up exercises to do before a match or practice.
Mike talks about three different drills using a medicine ball to increase hitting power.
Mike demonstrates and explains different methods of jogging during your volleyball warm up. This seems simple but you will notice the detail Mike pays to this and it will help you understand why he has had so much success and such a long and incredible playing career.
Mike talks about and explains several dynamic volleyball stretches including sprinters stretch and side lateral movements. This is great volleyball warm up that will help prevent injury and prolong players careers.
Mike presents a video on warming up for blocking. Tap blocks, swing blocks and more are shown for volleyball warm ups.
Mike talks about and demonstrates how to warm up properly with a partner. Always use it do develop good habits such as hitting through the ball and visualizing the opponent.
Mike demonstrates how to pepper properly by starting easy then gradually add more pace to the ball.
Mike walks through how to warm up hitting by starting from the back row with easy long shots. Visualizing the blocker is up.