This week, we hear from Pro beach athletes Amanda Dowdy, Brittany Tiegs, and Alexandra Poletto.
My “at home” favorite ball control drill:
Amanda: Wall pass variations - normal, with side shuffle, single arm, single arm with shuffle, one leg balance single arm. Rotate through all of those.
Brittany: I probably have 2 actually. First, pass, set, right pokey, left pokey, focusing on my left hand pokey since my left hand isn't my strong hand and this almost breaks my fingers at first lol. And playing keep away on my knees with my puppy who loves playing with the Wilson volleyball; so this uses one arm touches, sets, peripheral vision to move the ball around to keep him from bonking it. It gets pretty intense.
Alexandra: Trying to teach my mom to pepper. No better way to test your control then trying to get your partners shanks perfectly back to them.
My favorite recovery exercise:
Amanda: Favorite recovery is to roll out my whole body and do a thorough stretch routine given to me by Game Ready Performance
Brittany: I've really been liking cold showers actually, and feel it helps a lot with my full body recovery physically and mentally (I'll get a new burst of energy from the coldness). Once in awhile, I'll start with a hot Epsom salt bath which I like also, then do a really cold shower and stretch afterward.
Alexandra: Rolling out with a lacrosse ball or ELDOA which if you have never heard of it’s a set of postural exercises designed to create space in a joint. I have lower back problems and this has seriously eliminated my pain within a week.
My schedule/plan for the first week back in the sand:
Amanda: I plan on starting with a lot of ball control variation drills working in to live drills to get my “sand legs” back. Also plan on doing a lot of serving. Tough serving is important at this level.
Brittany: Hopefully play some volley or intense pepper! If not probably just go and roll around in it.
Alexandra: Learning how to move in sand again haha. Probably some light ball control work along with cardio and agility in the sand to get my body used to the different surface. And of course lots of post practice swims in the water.
My favorite go-to food or drink after a tough workout:
Amanda: My favorite go after a tough workout or practice is my Anti - Inflammatory Recovery Smoothie! Check out the recipe on my website www.amandadowdy.com
Brittany: Smoothies. I love cold healthy smoothies after being hot and working out but I always put some type of veggie in it so it's not all sugar, like Kale, Spinach, Spirulina, Avocado.
Alexandra: Avocado toast with fried eggs and either a smoothie or acai bowl.
What do you anticipate being the hardest skill for you to get back?
Amanda: The toughest skill will just be getting my endurance in the sand back and my body adapting to speed of live competition again. I am looking forward to it!
Brittany: I think my approach timing and jumping in the sand. It's just not the same as hitting a ball on the wall or playing hop scotch you know?
Alexandra: Probably my serve receive. I find most things come back naturally but serve receive always takes me the longest to feel confident in.
If AVP put on a no jump tourney tomorrow, which team wins?
Amanda: Me and Zana Muno of course 😉
Brittany: Oh man...decisions...I'd say Betsi, she has great court vision and a good wrist.
Alexandra: Going to have to go with my fellow Canadians, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan. Sarah can probably block standing so I don’t think their game will be changed too much.