Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor talk beach volleyball

Kerri Lee Walsh (born August 15, 1978) is an American professional beach volleyball player.

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh

Misty Erie Elizabeth Taylor May-Treanor (born July 30, 1977) is an American professional beach volleyball player. She has won more tournaments than any other female player with 103 career wins.

Misty May-Treanor

Misty May-Treanor

May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. They have been called “the greatest beach volleyball team of all time”.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

What are the 5 “Must Do” exercises for your sport?

Pilates We need to have very strong core muscles (abs, back, etc) and Pilates is the very best workout for this. I love it!

•Squats- Our legs need to be strong and able to stay that way throughout a tough tournament. Squats are essential.

•Shoulder exercises- Grab a band and go through a lot of resistance exercises to protect your shoulder and keep it strong. I’ve had three shoulder surgeries in my career so my “band” comes with me everywhere.

•Cleans- I love cleans because they require good form, and help work on both strength and dynamic movement. Good form is essential, so be sure to get your form down before trying to lift heavy.

•Lunges- This is a great exercise for the legs and tooshie. I live my life in a Speedo bikini, so this exercise is very important to me (I need to look good in my uniform!)

What is your favorite abdominal or core workout?
Aside from Pilates, which covers the entire core area, I love to simply put a roll/rolled up towel under my low back and do my crunches. Hands behind your head, go all the way down, then shoot straight up keeping your forehead to the ceiling. Two sets of 15 repetitions is a good start.

How do you heal quickly from injuries?
Drink lots of water, use ice/heat treatments, and body work. I am a big believer in massage to help get circulation to injured areas. It might be a little painful, but no pain no gain, right?!

Do you have any pre-competition rituals or superstitions?
I need to be awake at least two hours before a match. I start warming up an hour prior, jog, stretch, listen to my music, visualize, breathe, etc. I always “hop” into the court when being announced, after timeouts and between games.

What makes you a champion?
My desire to be the very best I can be and my commitment to pushing myself to make sure I reach that goal. I also have an amazing partner who is with me all the way.

What is your favorite abdominal or core workout?
Aside from Pilates, which covers the entire core area, I love to simply put a roll/rolled up towel under my low back and do my crunches. Hands behind your head, go all the way down, then shoot straight up keeping your forehead to the ceiling. Two sets of 15 repetitions is a good start.

How do you heal quickly from injuries?
Drink lots of water, use ice/heat treatments, and body work. I am a big believer in massage to help get circulation to injured areas. It might be a little painful, but no pain no gain, right?!

Do you have any pre-competition rituals or superstitions?
I need to be awake at least two hours before a match. I start warming up an hour prior, jog, stretch, listen to my music, visualize, breathe, etc. I always “hop” into the court when being announced, after timeouts and between games.

What makes you a champion?
My desire to be the very best I can be and my commitment to pushing myself to make sure I reach that goal. I also have an amazing partner who is with me all the way.

[source: Kerri Walsh www.about.com]

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh

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