The Best Workout Ever!

My love for volleyball deserves a poem… but I’m not going to torture you this week with one of my lame ones. I even tried looking for a good one for you online, but they were incredibly lame.

I love playing volleyball. I was in the best shape of my life. It is the BEST WORKOUT EVER!

Moving to the side works out your butt and thighs ~ perfect for that great butt. Moving forward and back works on your abs and quads ~ perfect for developing a great core since you need balance to not fall over yourself. Jumping works your obliques, quads, hamstrings and calves ~ slimming out your entire body. Have you ever seen someone who regularly plays volleyball that didn’t look fit? It’s hard to play on a regular basis and NOT get in shape!

So, if I see someone playing, I can’t help but jump in the game, except…

Now that I’m in Florida, ALL of the volleyball courts seem to be beach (i.e., sand) volleyball courts. Do you know how much harder that is?

I found some friends that play volleyball every Sunday, so I try to get out there with them. It’s been good (and hard) for my body. I’m exhausted after every game, but it’s always better than the week before! Then there’s the pesky problem of the SAND!

Sand Everywhere

However, working out once a week won’t get me the body I want ~ although I wish it desperately would. With the two little girls, I can’t just run to the volleyball court any time I want!

So I’m actually doing the 21 Day Fix! With three kids, I need something that will work out my total body, without leaving my home in just a short amount of time. Most of the workouts are only 30 minutes, and the one that’s not, is only 10!

So far, I’m stronger and better, down 10 pounds! I’m slowly inching toward that 200 lb mark. I am working towards a goal of 180 by September 20th, my cousin’s wedding! I’m taking the family back to California and I want to look good when I go. That’s about 10 pounds a month! I can do this, right?

To push myself a little further (and to stay on track with this wonderful summer upon us, I’m starting a DietBet! Please join me! Invite your friends, the more people, the better!



34 thoughts on “The Best Workout Ever!”

  1. I actually did kind of like volleyball back in high school, believe it or not and you are right great exercise indeed. I love that you are doing the 21 day fix now and so awesome that you lost 10 lbs already. So, go you!!! 🙂

    1. It's really hard to half play volleyball, whether you're good or bad. If you stand still, you'll never get the ball, so you have to move! Thanks so much. Loving it so far!

  2. kellylmckenzie

    Congrats on your weight loss! That's fantastic. I picked up volleyball again after a huge break from playing it in school. It was tough and a hell of a lot of fun. My pal tore his quad muscle performing a move that was his signature back in the day. However we all really enjoyed it. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Believe me, it's tough, especially on the sand. The first day, after the first game, I walked off wanting to die! But each week, it's getting easier. By mid summer, I should be making it through without any problems at all! I'm so looking forward to that day!

  3. I love your story! And yes, volleyball is amazing. My husband has played for years and is always sore afterwards. Someday, when our kids are older, we will have time again….I hope!

    1. I'm always sore because volleyball reminds some new part of my body to wake up! LOL! I've realized that I just have to make time. Luckily, we've got a great group going, where the parents trade off, or in my case, my husband walks around with Butterfly and ignores the group for two hours!

  4. We got a net for volleyball last summer. I thought it would be a great family exercise and I loved playing it in high school (for PE). WOW! I was such a work out – exhausting! I’m embarrassed to admit we’ve only played twice.

    1. Not embarrassing at all! It's so tiring. You don't realize how much of your body you work until you're older and can't do much of anything. You're happy if you manage to get a foot off the ground! I'm trying to play more… and hopefully end without huffing and puffing!

  5. First of all, congrats on your weight loss so far! It sounds like you are making wonderful progress. I also like volleyball, although I don't think that I am nearly as good at it as you are!

    1. Quick story: We were playing a couple of weeks ago and the first serve up, I shanked it, yet they were giving everyone second tries on their first serve. I served the next 5 perfectly (before I shanked again). LOL ! I really miss playing regularly! Hope your Friday is going well Anna!

  6. I played volleyball in high school but wasn't very good. I enjoyed it though and you're right – it's a great workout. 10 pounds a month sounds very reasonable – will be cheering you on and congratulations on the 10 pounds already gone!

    1. Thank you, Kristi! I need to look good for the wedding! I know the bride lost some weight and we're in a perpetual weight loss contest. LOL! She had to make major changes for the wedding, so I need to match! 🙂

  7. jugglingrealfoodandreallife

    I feel like I get a workout just when I walk on the sand. I can't imagine the workout when you add volleyball. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Thanks so much for sharing this with our Let's Get Real readers. You are quite the inspiration

    1. Since more people have sand courts out here, and the beach is close, I actually now make an effort to walk across the sand, since it is so much work. It's getting easier! I like the extra workout though!

  8. You're absolutely amazing in doing all of these! I'm sure it's achievable with the right balance and commitment and I'm not one to sound like I've done it before but with so much dedication that I see in you, I'm sure it's gonna be worth it in the end. I used to play volleyball in high school. I loved it but it's becoming painful because I was so skinny and my arms would always suffer. LOL. And I agree that beach volley is much harder with all the sand. Hehe. Also, my colleagues at work used to do the diet bet. It's pretty effective too.

    1. I need to up my commitment though! I really need to make my goals by September! I am so ready to have a new body!

  9. Yes, April! You. Can. Do.It.

    I am so excited for the progress you have already made, your tremendous dedication, and your sheer energy.

    You are going to look fierce at that wedding in September, my friend. Ohyes you will!


    1. I can't wait! I'm so looking forward to a new body! Thank you for the cheer! It's extremely helpful!

  10. When I was in high school I was so good at volleyball and yes I was totally fit but back in zambia (12years back) skinny was not sexy men thought you were ill (H to the I to the V) so was not too happy then but my dude then still lived me. Good luck on your journey x

  11. Good job on your progress of weight loss so far – you can do the 10 pds a month thing- I have faith in you April. Thanks for hosting the weekly link party!

  12. Brittnei Washington

    Love it, April! Volleyball is a lot of fun. You are so right about what it can work out on your body. 🙂 I know the challenge of getting out constantly with a little one so I'm certainly happy for you that you've found something that you like instead that will permit you to work out more with the kiddos. 🙂

    1. Thankfully my husband is willing to take the kids while I play. And since it's on the weekend, our kids are often with my inlaws. I'll be doing some more posts on what I do with my kiddos around soon!

    1. Girl, so do I! The downside is it's really hard to work out without the sweating. It's really a talent, I would say!

  13. Congrats on the weight loss and for finding something you love!

    Thanks for sharing this post on #SmallVictoriesSunday. Added to the Small Victories Sunday Pinterest board. Hope you will join in again next week!

  14. Your blog makes me so happy! I found you over on Small Victories Sunday linky and I’m so happy I did. EEK and sand freaks me out (I love the beach but hate the sand) so playing anything it that might get it on me would be a no go!

    1. I don't like sand either, but it is truly a GREAT workout! Now that I'm much closer to the beach, I find that I'll have to get used to it! LOL! My kids LOVE it! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I think a lot of people do, but as adults, we don't get together and workout like we should. This is a great friends and family group game!

  15. Wow, I haven't ever thought that volley ball has a great feature to shape the down parts of the body, which is really great for most women who have problem with the lower body. Thank you for sharing. Need to think about the volleyball movements.

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