How are you feeling these days about your level of fitness or what you body looks like? Are you worried about bathing suit season? If so volleyball is the perfect “get into shape” activity. Don”t worry if you have never played volleyball before. You can still play on a league and use it as one of your cardio and strength training workouts.
Most YMCA”s support volleyball leagues at every skill level. If you are unsure of which league you should join, just speak with the activities director and he or she can share more league and team information with you.
Volleyball can be a great strength training activity because the basic moves of volleyball work your core muscle groups. So even if you can not commit to joining a league right now, just find a partner to pepper with and you will work your abdominals, glutes, and large leg group muscles. Pepper is a warm up drill for every level of players where partners bump, set, and then spike. The goal is to see how long you can keep the ball going. This is a great exercise to do on the beach, in the gym, or in your backyard.
Volleyball can really get you into shape because of the cardio workout it provides. Continuous play requires players to be constantly moving. These short sprints provide just the fat burning workout many of us are looking for. The best part is that you are so focused on the game that you really don”t think about how hard our body is working. This is way better than going to the gym to work out on a machine where you are staring at how much time you have left the whole time you are on the machine.
Another great reason that getting into shape with volleyball is a great choice is the camaraderie it provides. No doubt you will make some great workout friends and acquaintances if you join a volleyball league. Some leagues play year round or play tournaments in the off season. The great thing about volleyball is that you can play as much or as little as you want. Give your workout some variety by adding volleyball to get and stay into shape.