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My job is awesome!
I might be a particularly positive person, but I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. What other job in the world has a designated nap time, snack time, and play time, and 4-month vacation? I am not ashamed to say I am basically a professional kindergartener. But just like kindergarten, being a pro volleyball player won’t last forever. Inevitably the human body begins to deteriorate. The older I get, the more I see and feel the importance of preparation and the need to recover.
In this job, as in most, you will get out of it as much as you put in. We generally train twice a day, let’s say 9-11am and 4-6pm, which might not sound like a whole lot, but… If we push ourselves to the max during those windows, then how we spend our ‘down time’ becomes more important. So that nap time that I joke about is actually a key part of my day because sleep is one of the pillars that allow the body to recover.
So, here are a few of the tricks I’ve learned to keep my old and decrepit body functioning like a 21-year-old across an average training day;
I know it probably doesn’t sound like groundbreaking stuff; heating, rolling, stretching and icing, but its sometimes overlooked, or even forgotten entirely, behind the work we do on the court and in the weight room. Just like finger painting is a building block for the fine motor skills of a kindergartner, preparation and recovery are the backbone to a fit and healthy volleyball player.
People often ask me when I plan to stop playing, but as long as I am able to keep my body fit, I can honestly say — not anytime soon.
So stay fit and stay tuned!
*Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. No kindergarteners were harmed during the writing of this article.
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