For me, the biggest surprise of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games was women's beach volleyball. I had never seen bikini clad women play a game so fiercely. I cheered from the edge of my seat.
Misty May-Treanor and her partner, Kerri Walsh, will once again be hitting the sand at the games in Beijing. The duo plays together professionally and has broken many records, winning 17 straight tournaments and 96 consecutive matches. These ladies seem unstoppable.
To stay in shape for her matches, May-Treanor runs sprints at the beach. Beach volleyball is about quick reaction time and sand is not known for supplying much traction. Multiple times a week, Misty does 10 to 15 sprints of about 30 to 40 yards on the sand. She keeps her recovery time short, only 10 to 15 seconds. You can do these too, even if you can't find overly forgiving sand to run on, adding sprint intervals to your workout routine is a great way to increase your speed.
Married to Matt Treanor, catcher for the Florida Marlins, Misty easily admits that she spends more time with her volleyball partner than her husband. During her time off, she likes to play golf and hang out with her two boxers. For more volleyball specific tips, check out these videos from Sportskool.
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