Olympic Gold Medalist Digs Volleyball And Pilates
Unlike the 2004 and 2000 seasons, when May-Treanor was fighting injuries leading into the Athens and Sydney Olympics, this year, the tour’s winningest players in the world have incorporate Pilates into their training program and are completely healthy.
Leading up to the 2008 Olympic Beijing games this dynamic team won everything in sight The dynamic duo trained hard day in and day out and became virtually unstoppable in their quest to defend their title as the best in the United States Of America and world. They are in tip top shape and looking forward to clinching the gold once again in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games. To get ready to compete against the best in the world their trainers developed a progressive hybrid training program that included plyometric exercises, stretching, isokinetic work ( that gets our fast twitch muscles going) free weights, strength maintenance and their favorite Pilates. Pilates has become the exercise of choice of the best in the world as a way to develop a strong core, prevent injury and enhance overall functional performance. Trainers around the world spin Pilates to address the functional and sports specific needs of their clients. Kerri Walsh “My favorite core workout is Pilates, which covers the entire core area. Pilates is a must do exercise for volleyball we need to have very strong core muscles (abs, back, etc) and Pilates is the very best workout for this. I love it!
May-Treanor “I lift twice a week focusing on building strength in my legs, squats, cleans, straight legged Deadlifts etc. with my trainer Tommy Knox. I also do Pilates twice a week with the fabulous Lauren Rauth” on the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Chair ,Barrel and mat “I love it! It’s trial and error through they years to see what works best for you, and I think I finally found the combination. I feel good.”
In the off season I spend minimal time on the sand. Jogging twice a week in the deep stuff so that when January comes its not such a shock to the body. In January, Kerrie and I start the steady climb of working out five times a week, lifting twice a week at fast twitch, Pilates twice a week, playing on the sand five days a week.
May-Treanor “I started Pilates to strengthen my core.” Finding the right balance in your training program is the key to success. “I’ve been feeling healthy, finally finding what works for my body”.
Beach volleyball is a sport that trades itself on the combined image of athleticism and sex appeal, but the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens featured the sport like never before. Sexuality and athletic skill become completely intertwined making beach volleyball one of the most popular sports of the Olympic Games. This is partley do to the fact that the women wear bikinis and the men wear muscle-baring tank tops.
In an interview USA beach volleyball gold medalist and Pilates enthusiast Kerri Walsh said, “If people think we’re sexy because we wear this, let them watch, think we’re sexy and enjoy that part of it, and then see that we’re also dynamic athletes as well.”
Both Misty and Kerri are amazing athletes and great role models. Their reach consistently exceeds their grasp as the go for the gold once again. They are living life to its fullest and through them all of us can experiencing what it means to be the best that you can be.
May-Treanor “Did you see ESPN The Magazine? How RAD is that? INSAINE! Just to open up the magazine and see Misty and I in there with that class of athletes — Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter, Dwyane Wade, Landon Donovan and Maria Sharapova. It was so awesome. I’m so excited about it. It’s great to be a part of the Gatorade family. I don’t know the other athletes. I mean, I’ve met a few of them randomly here and there, like Landon and his wife do Pilates at the same place I go to, but other than that, I am just always rooting for them behind the scenes, so to see us all together like that was great. It makes me so happy. I love it!”
You Go Girls and continue to make all of us in the USA proud to be an American
written by PalmBeach