As I mentioned yesterday, I’m visiting TV Bühl for the next couple of weeks. The team just started training on Monday. Unfortunately, the club doesn’t have a gym available for the early part of pre-season. It’s a function of the community facility situation vis-a-vis school break.

So what do you do?

In the case, the coaches are making use of some local sand courts. What they did was take some circuits they would have done indoors and do them in the sand. The first circuit included core exercises, shoulder stability, and lower body work. The second circuit focused on volleyball movements. The first comprised 10 stations, while the second had 5 (2 players per station in that case), and they did both twice through. Imagine how much harder doing that sort of stuff is when you have to deal with sand as the platform for pushing off, changing direction, etc.

After that the guys played a 4 v 4 game. As you might expect, that was a bit more fun and serious.

The team begins weight room training this morning, with more sand stuff for evening training. The hope is that we’ll be able to be in the gym by the latter part of the week.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager for Volleyball England (overseeing the national team pipeline systems), as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

    1 Response to "Beach training for indoor?"

    • keoni

      We have used beach training as part of our Summer OTA since the early 90s We are lucky here in Hawaii. They get core and base quicker, feels stronger, ++ with their hops, and learn the other shots we use on the beach. It all depends what is available to you. Always evolving…

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