3 Strength and Conditioning Exercises to Build a Volleyball Champion!
If you are a volleyball player looking to dominate your competition then you need to implement the following volleyball strength and conditioning drills. All the greatest athletes should focus on one goal and one goal only and that is to become more athletic. Building your body to be bigger, faster, and stronger will make you an overwhelming success in just about any sport and volleyball is certainly no different. I have included 3 hard hitting types of exercises below that are a sure thing in improving your volleyball performance.
1. Kettlebell Training: By now you may be familiar with the ancient kettlebell and realize that this strength and conditioning drill is second to nothing when helping you to forge the perfect athletic body. Kettlebell training offers a style of training that is “movement specific” and not “body part specific” which is the very essence of athletic performance. This style of training is great for improving your explosiveness, total body strength, and giving you the conditioning of a race horse! This style of training should not be ignored if you are serious about improving your volleyball game.
2. Olympic Lifting: Olympic lifting is a wonderful way to develop total-body explosive power in which you can improve on increasing your vertical jump and reaction time on the court. Whether you are jumping for a kill shot, digging to stop the opposition from scoring, or just executing the perfect serve olympic lifting is perfect for your volleyball game. The whole body execution of forcefully lifting heavy loads, which is involved in olympic lifting, will help every aspect of your volleyball game. This will also condition your body to be more resilient, thereby making you more resistant to injuries and general soreness.
3. Plyometric Training: Plyometrics for volleyball is a sure way to take your game on the court to new heights. Plyometrics involve movements that are quick and explosive in nature such as squat jumps, bounds, and various forms of resisted sprinting. This type of training is a proven method in helping athletes to improve their speed and agility within the scope of athletic performance. All volleyball conditioning workouts should include this element of training in order to achieve total success. I promise that if you implement all three forms exercises mentioned that your game will drastically improve. Remember that anyone can train hard, but only champions train smart!
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I could not agree more. Even before significant strength gains, the CNS conditioning yields fairly quick results. But you have to be careful. Improper form and progressing too soon can derail you quickly.
Thanks for the comment Jim. You are exactly right. I like to write about what works, but I always stress the importance of Quality over Quantity in sound training progressions. You hit the nail on the head when you said improper form will derail you quickly! Come back again my friend.