Volleyball is a dynamic game that requires players to be fast on their feet. Players have to be able to quickly shift into various position/s, make quick movements in any direction quickly and reach the ball. Volleyball strength workouts focus on power development and maintaining safe positions when exploding through the plays. Many players include resistance training exercises in their training programs to maximize power and set a solid foundation.

Volleyball Strength Workout

Volleyball Strength Workout

A well-rounded volleyball workout will help players strengthen and maintain optimal body health.

Good Mornings

  • This exercise is ideal for gluteal strength, hamstring strength, and improving vertical jumps.
  • It is recommended to do three sets of 10 reps.

Single-Leg Roman Dead Lift to Overhead Press

  • This volleyball workout works the hamstrings and glutes.
  • Helps improve balance and increases jump strength.
  • It is recommended to do three sets of 10 reps.

Lunge With a Twist

  • This volleyball strength workout builds up the legs and stabilizes the ankles to reduce the risk of injury.
  • It also helps with single-leg jumps.
  • It is recommended to do three sets of 16 reps, 8 left – 8 right.

Dumbbell Snatch

  • The dumbbell snatch helps with jumping mechanics’ power development and improves explosiveness.
  • It is recommended to do three sets of 8 reps.

Bicep Curl to Overhead Press

  • This exercise helps prevent shoulder injuries.
  • Attackers develop secondary muscles that strengthen spiking.
  • It is recommended to do three sets of 8 reps.

Medicine Ball Throw Down

  • Another recommended resistance training exercise that can be done is medicine ball throwdowns.
  • The object is to throw a medicine ball down forcefully; the ball bounces, catch and repeat.
  • It is recommended to do two-four sets of 6-10 reps.

Band Reverse Lunge to Overhead Press

  • A recommended exercise that can be done with a resistance band.
  • The exercise does not require a lot of space, so it can be done almost anywhere.
  • It is recommended to do two-three sets of  10-15 reps.

It is recommended to consult a professional trainer that can create a diverse fitness program to make exercising/training/working out much more enjoyable.

Body Composition

How Aerobic and Resistance Training Interact

The body adjusts differently to various types of exercise. Aerobic and resistance training each tells the body to adapt in different ways. Both are important for healthy body composition, and when done in combination, it is known as concurrent training. Aerobic is best for losing fat, resistance training builds muscle that keeps the body functioning throughout the day. However, molecular mechanisms involved in aerobic and resistance adaptations can interfere with each other if not appropriately planned. Two steps to minimize any possible interference and maximize aerobic/resistance benefits:


  • Adequate protein intake is vital for muscular adaptation from resistance training.
  • It stimulates muscle protein synthesis after concurrent training.
  • After workout sessions, consume at least 25g of high-quality protein to achieve strength and hypertrophy improvements.


  • When doing both aerobic and resistance training on the same day, maximize recovery time between the sessions.
  • Strength and aerobic fitness gains are low when the two are separated by 6 hours or less.
  • Twenty-four hours between sessions is the recommended time, especially if the priority is on endurance.

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