This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with volleyball strength and conditioning coach, and the man whom Mewhirter calls the “knee whisperer,” Nathan Michaels. Mewhirter began working with Michaels in 2021…and hasn’t taken a single Ibuprofen since, playing pain free, as strong and mobile as he’s ever been, all the while playing the best beach volleyball of his career.

Michaels is a huge reason for that.

This episode might be the most useful and practical episode we’ve done in six-plus years of podcasting, chatting about:

  • The 5 BEST bang for your buck exercises for beach volleyball
  • How to jump higher on the sand
  • How to open up your arm swing and hit harder
  • The best foods to eat prior and during gameday to stop cramping and to sustain peak performance throughout a tournament

And so much more. This one is PACKED with awesome, useful information. Less storytelling and more practicals here.



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Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter have a NEW BOOK! Playbook of Champions: The habits, routines, and stories of Olympians, Champions, and world-class athletes. If you listen to the show – which, if you’re reading this, then you are – then this is the perfect book for you, as it is a distillation of the best golden nuggets from our first five years of the podcast. Check it out on Amazon!

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