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Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings wants to play on Sundays, so often the final day of tournaments. And when she gets there with new partner April Ross, she wants to have the same physical power she had when the tourney started. That objective has Jennings trying new workouts on the road this season and doing whatever she can to get back onto the sand after an injury.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist had a new training plan at the start of this season. But a dislocated right shoulder put her on a different tact.

“The first two weeks I was focused on healing, then I started doing resistance against the wall, but not dynamic,” Jennings tells SI.com. “I have been working around things to get my core and legs stronger.”

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All along, Jennings planned to be ready for the Aug. 21-23 event in Long Beach, Calif., as she and Ross work toward the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Before the injury, Jennings, 36, added in an extra day of weights. Previously she had always worked in one good heavy lift, but had planned to see a “light lift on easy playing days on a Thursday or Friday so I can keep my strength up.”

But, as she said before the injury, “as the season wears on, you adjust to how your body is feeling and how your body is breaking down.”

That adjustment has meant tweaking and shifting workouts—even hitting balls with her left hand, a “humbling” experience—more than ever.

While she eases the shoulder back into the rotation with stabilization work, bands and eventually hitting, Jennings doesn’t lose sight of the rest of her training. “Yeah, I’m busting my butt in the gym,” she says. “I’m working around things to get my core and legs stronger. A lot of leg to get my jump and foot speed to combat what I won’t have up top.”

The work, though, takes different forms as Jennings’ travel schedule when playing varies from 20-hour trips to New York, to a week in China or even two months in Europe. With a trainer helping out with workouts, Jennings knows she has to have plans that fit no matter the location.

“Ideally, if there is a gym outside of the hotel I try to track it down,” she says. “Generally I have to rely on a hotel with nautilus and dumbbells. It is what it is. I will run the stairs or hallways of hotels.”

She also plans Pilates, which can be done anywhere, and mat and ballwork. When she struggles to find a good weight room, her on-the-road luggage always includes TRX bands, allowing her to hit the beach with body weight workouts and TRX.

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​Balancing workouts with competition during tournaments has proven tricky. “It is so interesting,” she says. “When at home we will have double and triple days all the time. When I get into competition, I want to be fresh and play good volleyball. It is like a mental game. For me, I am going to try something new, add another workout and see how I feel.

“You need to be humble enough to keep it and push through, or if to much, adjust. It is so important to listen to your body and sometimes the hardest work you have to do is chill out and recover and fine tune.”

Jennings works in mental components throughout the day, starting in the morning—when a crying baby doesn’t interrupt—with deep breaths and thoughts of five things she is thankful for. “I start the day with gratitude and my intentions for the day,” she says. “I will put feet on the ground, reach my hands to the sky and to God and start the day.”

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Adding in meditating and Versus brain training has been a fun addition to her training routine. “The mental side of my job the next two years is going to be the game changer,” she says.

The shoulder injury has upped that mental focus. “I want to control what I’m going through in my head,” Jennings says. She recently met with her sports psychologist so that she could “lay everything out there and not feel judged and work through things that take me to a better place.”

Watching video and spending more time on the Versus brain training has helped her stay sharp, even in this “frustrating” time.

Keeping her body right includes Jennings’ focus on nutrition. “Sometimes I am just at the mercy of the country I’m in,” she says. “I certainly pack my snacks.” From turkey jerky to oatmeal and designer weigh bars to protein powder, Jennings packs plenty of foods, even sending a package of food ahead when needed.

When she goes to Asia, Jennings packs protein—“I don’t trust the meat”—and in Europe she steers clear of the cheese and bread to focus on lean meats and salads.

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“It is such an advantage to train at home, I have everything I depend on,” she says. Jennings says it can get difficult on her body when she starts getting low on the things she relies on. For example, on a recent trip to China, she started running out of her Almond Breeze almondmilk. “I tried to ration it and it was gone in two days,” she says. “It gets hard for me, I have to supplement because I’m not getting everything I am getting at home. I love stuff that is going to enhance my performance and help me live a healthy lifestyle.” The almond milk, for Jennings, has proven a key part of that at-home or on-the-road nutrition component, part of her protein shakes that her kids even get into like a “science experiment every morning.”

With all the food and training equipment in her bags, it is a good thing Jennings doesn’t have much else in her must-have list. She brings Asics bikinis and Oakley shades. “Those are the essentials,” she says. She packs one bikini and pair of sunglasses in her carry-on just in case. “I can survive on that forever,” she says. “I will be a little bit chilly.”

One of those bikinis, though, is always all white. When she played with Misty May-Treanor the pair would wear black in the final, similar to Tiger Woods’ chosen red. “April likes to wear Sunday whites,” Jennings says. “A lot of finals are on Sunday, so white is the new black for me.”

She also packs workout shoes for the gym, lounging-around clothes and books—she loves heading to her local bookstore for lighthearted historical fiction or a self-help book before a big trip.

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For culture, her focus is volleyball. But she also knows there are some key points of interest not to miss, such as Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin—a city she calls “beautiful”—or monuments in Thailand. Though, visiting some places so many times in her career, her travel thinking is led by the logistics of volleyball.

“That is just one of the challenges of the job,” she says about life on the road. “You have to adapt, be nimble. You are living out of a suitcase, so deal with style, nutrition and training with a smile on your face.”

That smile can’t fade when the injuries come. That’s when everything she has trained for comes into play. That’s when the drive for Sunday keeps her going.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

16 Olympic Gold Medalists Reveal The Foods They Won’t Eat

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Jordan Burroughs, Wrestling

Donuts

So, here’s what Burroughs will eat as he prepares for Rio: smoothies, fresh squeezed juice and protein with veggies. What he won’t dig into? Donuts—unless he’s wearing another gold medal around his neck. “You can’t have unless you’re coming off of a victory,” he told USA Today. “You can’t have donuts unless you’re the champ. Only winners eat donuts.”

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Nicole Barnhart, US Women’s Soccer Team

Junk Food

While the two-time gold medalist keeps a fairly clean diet overall, it’s pretty easy because she doesn’t actually like junk food! Yes, it’s true! “The way I eat, in general, doesn’t really change too much whether I’m in training or not,” she told Epicurious. “I don’t like sweets or chocolate, so I don’t have to worry about eating any of that stuff ever, and I’m really not a big greasy-food eater, either.” If you want to be a clean eater, too, then don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Eating Clean!

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David Boudia, Diving

A Big Lunch

After winning the gold medal in the 2012 games in London, Boudia is back to do it again in Rio. While training, he eats as few as 1,800 calories a day because he’s not burning the calories in the pool—he’s mainly burning them climbing up about 50 stairs. “I walk up, dive, walk up, dive—maybe 80 times a practice,” he says. So what does that mean he never eats? He never eats one lunch—because he has three small servings that consist of apple slices with peanut butter (lunch one), turkey slices rolled with cheese (lunch two) and carrots and hummus (lunch three)!

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Michael Phelps, Swimming

Alcohol

One of the most famous Olympic superstars, known for winning the most gold medals at a single Olympic games (that would be eight during the 2008 Games in Beijing) is also known for keeping a 12,000-calorie-a-day diet. Today, as he gears up for Rio, he’s not eating quite as many calories; he admitted during a Facebook live chat “I just really eat what I need.” But the one thing that is completely off his diet for good is alcohol—something he officially said buh-bye to after a stint in rehab following a DUI arrest in 2014.

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Ryan Lochte, Swimming

Starbursts

For six days a week, the bad boy of swimming (heading back to Rio to do it all again) won’t touch pizza, chicken wings, and a Mountain Dew. But on Fridays? He goes to town! “I’ve been in training for 22 years and it’s my cheat day. I’ve been doing it since I was 9-years-old. I’ve only missed it six times,” he confessed recently. And you better believe he is looking forward to popping some yellow Starbursts soon. “I have a weakness: Yellow Starbursts, and I haven’t had one in about two months,” Lochte says.

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Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics

Packaged Products

The five-time medalist is now a gymnastics commentator alongside the very pros who used to analyze her performances—but her diet is still that of a champion. You won’t see her eating things that are “processed and that comes in packages.” But, Liukin is realistic about how she goes about that plan. “I try to stay away from multi-processed foods but, at the same time, I think to deprive yourself of something that you really want is the worst thing because then you just want it even more,” she told Eating Well. “So if you want a cookie, then you should have a cookie. But don’t go and have five cookies at once.” If you feel like that’s a little easier said than done, then don’t miss these 18 Easy Ways to Control Your Portion Sizes!

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Here’s What It Was Like For A Pregnant Kerri Walsh Jennings To Pose Nude For The ESPN ‘Body Issue’

ESPN’s annual Body Issue came out today and amongst the athletes who showed off their amazing bodies is Olympic volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings.

But Jennings’ shoot was unlike anyone else’s because she was nine months pregnant. Jennings then had another shoot just three months after giving birth and posed with her baby girl. Pretty cool. Here’s what it was like…

Walsh Jennings was nervous about her shoot when she was nine months pregnant pointing out, “these are strong, empowered people who are at the peak of their fitness and then look at me, I’m pregnant.”

Screengrab from ESPN Video

But at nine months pregnant, she looked great

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But after her baby girl was born it was back to the volleyball courts to get in shape

Screengrab from ESPN Video

And just three months later, it was time for another shoot, this time with her newborn. This shoot, was even more nerve-wrecking for Walsh Jennings, she said “when I was pregnant I feel like I was in costume almost…now I’m in the ESPN Body Issue and my body isn’t quite where I want it to be so I’m more vulnerable.”

Screengrab from ESPN Video

She felt like she was “at least a month out” from being ready to be in the magazine but she looked great.

Screengrab from ESPN Video

Overall, Welsh Jennings really wanted to inspire. She told ESPN “when people see me pregnant and then post pregnancy, I just hope they see how much power there is in the female form.”

Screengrab from ESPN Video

The ESPN body Issue 2013 features Kerri Walsh Jennings, the famed and much loved Olympian Beach volleyball champion.

The 34-year-old gold medalist posed for the edition in naked photos, taken of her nine months pregnant and then straight after her third child was born.

Since the photo’s release recently, Kerri has been obviously thrilled with the response she has received from the public. She said:

“I’m so happy and relieved that people are receiving my pictures so warmly. I didn’t realize how vulnerable I’d feel upon the release of the photos,” continuing: “I am happy and I am proud. I can’t wait to see a copy of the magazine!”

She also spoke about the way she felt when doing the shoot. Obviously, it isn’t easy standing in a studio naked, less alone “very pregnant.” But it seems she was happy with the shoot, commenting:

“For the first shoot, I was very pregnant, and that wasn’t as scary. I thought it would be, because I was big and rotund when I’m usually the opposite, but it was really comfortable because I felt almost like I was in costume…

“But for the second, I was two and a half months out from having a baby. I’m supposed to be tight and toned and strong, but I have a lot more work to do.”

Kerri spoke confidently while doing the ESPN body issue shoot about her body, saying that giving birth: “makes me feel like a Wonder Woman,” also mentioning how proud she is of her body.

Here is a video of the ESPN body shoot 2013, courtesy of ESPN:

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Celebrated Name:

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Real Name/Full Name:

Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings

Gender:

Female

Age:

41 years old

Birth Date:

15 August 1978

Birth Place:

Santa Clara, California, United States

Nationality:

American

Height:

1.88 m

Weight:

71 kg

Sexual Orientation:

Straight

Marital Status:

Married

Husband/Spouse
(Name):

Casey Jennings (m. 2005)

Children:

Yes (Scout Margery Jennings, Joseph Michael Jennings, Sundance Thomas Jennings)

Dating/Boyfriend
(Name):

N/A

Profession:

American professional beach volleyball player, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist

Net Worth in 2020:

$8 million

Last Updated:

February 2020

In the sports world, Kerri Walsh Jennings is a star with her blooming career as an exceptional volleyball player. The beauty has also managed to win three gold medals at the Summer Olympics of the year 2012, 2008 and 2004 respectively.

Maybe you know about Kerri Walsh Jennings very well But do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2020? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Kerri Walsh Jennings’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

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Early Life

A well-known face in the sports industry, Kerri Walsh Jennings took birth in 1978 in California, Santa Clara and hence have an American nationality by birth. Kerri has a good structure, and she has a very impressive height of 6 feet 3 inch, which does add benefit to her volleyball career. This 39 years old gorgeous lady is married to Casey Jennings, and they have three children together namely Joseph Michael Jennings, Sundance Thomas Jennings, and Scout Margery Jennings. Kerri has been a very good student.

She started playing volleyball when she was in school, where she also played basketball. She studied at the Stanford University on the basis of a scholarship which she had earned for playing volleyball. While studying there, Kerri got selected for four years in the first-team All-Americans. Kerri Walsh Jennings did her higher studies on “American studies.”

After that, she slowly turned her focus on volleyball. Kerri Walsh Jennings is one of the most straightforward people who have an active social life with accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Her parents, Timothy Joseph Walsh and Margery Lee, could not be more proud of her. Kerri is undoubtedly one of the most famous female sportspeople, and she has won medals in the Olympics as well.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 15 August 1978, Kerri Walsh Jennings is 41 years old as of today’s date 1st February 2020. Her height is 1.88 m tall, and her weight is 71 kg.

Career

Kerri Walsh Jennings is a very popular volleyball player, and she has made her mark by winning three gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics. Together with her teammate, Misty May Treanor, Kerri did win FIVB Beach volleyball world championship for three years.

When Misty retired, Kerri Walsh Jennings teamed up with April Ross. Later she made everyone proud of her by winning the FIVB Grand Slam in China. Kerri Walsh Jennings holds the record of most number of wins as a female volleyball player. She has also been part of the beach volleyball world tour.

Awards and achievements

The greatest achievement of a sports professional appears in the Olympics, and Kerri Walsh Jennings has appeared in the Olympics five times now and has managed to win three gold medals and one bronze medal. In the year 2003 and 2004, Kerri Walsh won the title of AVP best offensive player. She has won the AVP Crocs Cup champion three times. Kerri Walsh Jennings was honoured with the most valuable and best defensive player awards. Along with her partner Misty, Kerri has also won the sportswoman of the year award two times in the year 2004 and 2006.

Net Worth & Salary of Kerri Walsh Jennings in 2020

Kerri Walsh Jennings Net Worth

The total net worth of this prodigious, astounding and astonishing athlete, Kerri Walsh Jennings is $8 million as of February 2020. Apart from her sports career, Kerri earns a huge amount by endorsing brands, sponsorship and by featuring herself in ads. Kerri Walsh Jennings has endorsed certain famous brands like Visa, Gatorade, Speedo, McDonald’s, Bolle, Halls fruit breezers and many more which have added to her net worth.

Kerri Walsh gets almost, $253,294 from sponsorship and endorsements. She has received a total amount of $3658015 from winning team games, and her salary is estimated to be $1058824 per annum. All these have undoubtedly added a huge amount of fortune to the net-worth of this fascinating and mind-boggling woman.

When it comes to beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh Jennings is the most sought-after player whose net worth is $8 million. She has a very successful career with three gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics. Apart from being a fabulous player, Kerri Walsh is also a very good family person.

XPT’s 5 Questions with Kerri Walsh Jennings


My husband and I went to XPT a) because we love Gabby & Laird and b) because we’re always so curious to see what the leading edge people are doing and we just have so much respect for Gabby and Laird and Brian and their whole team, so we were so excited to go and learn from them. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite from the week because it was all just so amazing, truly, and I don’t say that lightly. What I do plan on taking away from it and adding to my regimen was the breathing; it was just game changing for me. It was just so powerful in so many different ways, for my brain, for my body, just for my entire being through and through. The breathing training was really special.


And then the pool workout—Gabby’s been trying to get me into the pool for so long and I never made it work. It was such a humbling experience but it was also so empowering and just makes so much sense for my goals in life, really, are just for sustained excellence and to keep improving. I can’t keep beating up my body and so this is such a great way to minimize the impact on my body since you’re in water and it’s just better in that way, but you’re also able to workout dynamically and efficiently and very, very actively.

One of my favorites of the weekend was a Gabby’s HIGHX workout. It was on the last day for us. It was ridiculous and I’ve been following her online but to experience it—it was so fun and so challenging but doable and the music was insane. And Gabby is so inspiring so it was awesome to do that.

  1. How do you stay motivated and keep up your busy schedule with so much energy?

KW: I love what I do, I love doing what I do and I love feeling good. So, feeling good to me is being fit, being healthy, being active, being around people I love and chasing my dreams, alongside people I love. So that’s kind of my life in a nutshell. I don’t need any external motivation; it’s all very internally driven because I’m really fulfilled by doing what I do.
Gabby Reece, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Casey Jennings and Coach Marcio Sicoli.

  1. Any packing suggestion for participants in the XPT Experience? What would be 3 things you’d recommend they take?

KW: A bathing suit, a good open-minded attitude, mostly to allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because you’re going to be uncomfortable but it will take you to wonderful places. I mean, literally, you need to just show up with a good attitude and a bathing suit and you’re set. They take care of everything. I guess maybe a pair of workout shorts.

It’s just such a special experience. I really recommend the whole weekend to everybody. Like, I don’t care if you’re 90 pounds overweight and you feel like you’re stuck and you want inspiration. Or if you’re a young kid who is curious about what the experts are doing, or if you just want something fun to do—or whatever you’re looking for in life, this is a well-worthwhile commitment and an investment in yourself, because it’s just a game changer.

  1. Talk to us about sharks. You were a little apprehensive about getting in the ocean for the SUP sessions with Laird. What changed your mind and what was that like?

KW: I grew up in Northern California in Santa Cruz doing lifeguards and it just crushed me, I watched Jaws too many times and it was really big fear of mine my whole life. I’ve been talking to my sports psychologist about it for about 5 years and he’d say that you’re not ready yet for so many years, and a couple of months before XPT he’s like, “This is ridiculous, you need to confront this.” So, a week before XPT I went out into the open water with him. It scared the hell out of me, but I feel like I made progress.

Kerri and Gabby chatting before she paddled out.

It was just something that I told myself I had to do to a) experience the experience of being out in the water with Laird and the group and b) just to keep forward momentum. And it was just extremely comforting being out there (in Malibu) with my husband who was right there by my side for the most part, and then I’m paddling 15 feet behind Laird. And everyone was checking in on me the whole time, so I was never alone. Gabby promised me I’d be in good hands and I never doubted that. So I just couldn’t not do it.


Kerri on her way into the ocean.

I’ll do it again. My husband loves surfing and I really want to be able to enjoy these things with him. And my kids, I don’t want to give them my fear so I just need to get over it and I just need to keep doing it and that’s how I’ll get over it. So it’s wonderful. The Malibu paddling was just ten times more intensive than I’d done a week before with my sports psychologist, so I feel if I just keep going out there that I’ll just keep getting better.

  1. Gabby has spoken out a lot on body image, especially with young girls, and as a fellow strong, tall woman, what advice would you give to young girls who are facing these issues, especially in the teen years?

KW: This is such a tricky subject, because we all want to look good and feel good, but I think the biggest problem is that we compare ourselves to others. I learned that too late in life, to stop comparing myself to others, but it was very liberating when I stopped doing that. So, I would encourage all young girls to embrace what they have and not compare themselves to others. I think that’s the trick to happiness in life, for yourself personally, when you’re on the job, when you’re inspiring to do great things, to just kind of look to yourself and make the most of what you have. Complaining about something nonstop you can address it yourself but don’t wish you had something else because what you have is beautiful.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to chase gold in Tokyo, retire

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Kerri Walsh Jennings will call it a career in beach volleyball after the Tokyo Olympics in two years.

She has big plans before her days on the sand are done, and for improving the long-term health and growth of the sport well into the future by creating new playing opportunities in the U.S.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist absolutely expects to go out with another gold around her neck from the 2020 Games after she and partner April Ross wound up with bronze at Rio in 2016, a heartbreaking disappointment that still stings for Walsh Jennings yet fuels her at the same time.

“I haven’t shouted it from the mountaintops,” Walsh Jennings said Thursday of her career timeline in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press.

It may sound like a daunting task ahead: Walsh Jennings will turn 42 during the next Olympics. She has yet to settle on a partner though she has narrowed down her choice to two women. She is also coming off a pair of surgeries last year on her right shoulder and left ankle.

Just three weeks ago she began using the shoulder to hit the ball with her usual power and motion.

“I have no partner. I just came off two surgeries, and I know I’m going to win gold in Tokyo,” she said emphatically of her Olympic hurrah despite her share of lows in recent years. ”… It makes this one and this journey that much more meaningful.”

She is back home in the Bay Area to promote her upcoming beach volleyball extravaganza — “it’s a movement” she says — to be held at the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium in late September.

The “p1440” event featuring volleyball, health and wellness resources and opportunities, music, kids’ experiences and much more will go Sept. 28-30. Tickets went on sale Thursday, and additional events are scheduled for Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach this year and four more cities in 2019.

Walsh Jennings and husband Casey are committed to living each day to the fullest, all 1,440 minutes, inspiring the name.

“It’s all about living in the moment,” she said. “I certainly need to practice what I preach. It’s knowing what I want in life.”

They have long wanted to have their own academy, and now p1440 will combine a competition environment with opportunities for personal development no matter someone’s fitness level or physical challenge with the support of sports psychology and a technology platform and educational tools.

Walsh Jennings is striving to be her best every day and is driven to “live in my strengths,” whether that means being present for her husband and three children, dealing with her failures as well as her triumphs, or remembering to take a moment each morning and night to remind herself what she is most grateful for in her life.

After failing to win gold in Rio, Walsh Jennings struggled to find her top form because she was “living in fear on the court.” Even after earning bronze in ’16, she carried the weight of her defeat with her for months and years. That had never happened before.

Now, at last, she has come through that. With help from those close to her each step of the way, of course.

“We are pure positivity,” she said. “I really do believe happiness is a choice. I really believe staying positive is a choice.”

She had a falling out with the domestic professional tour AVP at the end of 2016 and has since ventured out on her own by taking on the formation of p1440 with huge aspirations of making it stick as a viable option for professionals.

Walsh Jennings insists volleyball can be a sport that has a far greater reach than just the every-four-years Olympic chase when people tend to tune in to see one of the Summer Games’ most popular events.

That’s why Walsh Jennings believes she still has so much to give in beach volleyball and far beyond.

“I think I would have retired if we won gold in Rio,” she said. “This is my platform. I’m not done with my platform. That loss is going to serve me in so many different ways.”

Losing in Rio while “performing terribly” has changed Walsh Jennings. She has learned from it and become better for it.

“It’s so liberating when your weaknesses are exposed,” she said, “when you live your worst nightmare and survive.”

Could you survive Kerri Walsh Jennings’s workout?

Sidelined last summer with two injuries, her shoulder and her ankle, she’s now back in action and Furthermore had the opportunity to spectate one of her recent workouts alongside her best friend, makeup artist Roxanne (Roxy) Saffaie, and her trainer Kerry Wachtfogel. Walsh Jennings also talked about how much sleep she deems necessary, how her relationship with her body changed after becoming a mom, and her latest project, p1440.

And as for those injuries, she doesn’t see them as setbacks. In fact, she thinks fear and pain and uncertainty can be full of magic and growth. “I believe that there’s an opportunity and there’s positive to every situation, no matter how bleak it can seem, whether it’s a difficulty in a relationship or with a teammate or with yourself and your body,” says Walsh Jennings. “With my two injuries, they were total blessings in disguise. I would have never gotten my ankle fixed if I didn’t hurt my shoulder. Instead of looking at my sixth shoulder surgery as, ‘What am I doing? Am I done?’ I can say, ‘Thank you, Lord, for this chance to be stronger than ever.’

Watch her beach workout in the video above, then read our Q&A. You can also scroll down to see some of her go-to exercises.

The Exercises

Kerri Walsh Jennings’ Power-Packed Workout for Volleyball Players

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Kerri Walsh Jennings is the Michael Jordan of beach volleyball. Like MJ, the towering 6-foot-3 California native is considered by many to be her sport’s greatest player of all time. As if her back-to-back-to-back Olympic gold medals have not already confirmed this opinion, Walsh Jennings recently scored her 67th career victory on the AVP tour, setting a new record for wins by a woman—she had previously been tied with her long-time partner, Misty May-Treanor.

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May-Treanor retired after the 2012 London Games, but Walsh Jennings has continued on a different track—the 400-meter one. With support from ASICS, her new sponsor, she is incorporating more running into her training to improve her game in pursuit of an Olympic four-peat with new partner and London silver medalist April Ross at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

STACK caught up with the 35-year-old star to learn more about her gold medal plan.

STACK: Volleyball players rarely run more than a few steps in a game. What made you add running to your fitness regimen?

Kerri Walsh Jennings: The only running I’d done before had been on the beach. This year, I wanted to do something different. I want to challenge my body and remind it how to move freely on different platforms—on the grass, on the sand, in the gym and on the track.

STACK: What does your track workout look like?

Kerri Walsh Jennings: I meet my track coach at this great track near my house in Manhattan Beach for an hour once a week. We work on building my strength, agility and stride so that I can move like a gazelle in sand. Generally, I run a lap or two to warm up, practice carioca and bounding in the grass, then run up stadium stairs. Then we head to the field and do sprints for 50 yards, then 100 yards and so on.

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STACK: Sounds tough. Do you actually like running?

Kerri Walsh Jennings: I don’t love running, to be honest. It has always been a challenge for me. But I love the freedom and strength I get from it, so it’s a real labor of love. For me, running is empowering. It helps me work on my muscles, lung capacity and cardio. My body is responding well so far. I feel more sure-footed and stable in my movements when I play. I feel more dynamic and light when I push off, too.

STACK: Cross-training is clutch, isn’t it?

Kerri Walsh Jennings: Absolutely! We need to challenge our bodies. If you only do one sport all year, you’re going to have major overuse problems. I want to be the best athlete in the world. In order to do that, I need to be a hybrid. I need to be strong and fast. Cross-training is huge. We need to scream this message from the rooftops.

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After running a lap or two to warm up, Walsh Jennings uses this track workout from Michelle Lovitt, a trainer who helps develop strength and conditioning programs for ASICS-sponsored athletic events, such as the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball.

Dynamic Warm-up

Start with Hurdle Walks, leading with the right leg for 10 hurdles, then returning on the left for 10 hurdles. From there, complete 10 Hurdle Over-Unders on each leg. Next, do 10 yards, down and back, of the following:

A-Skips. A quick basic skip, alternating legs and driving your knees to your chest. Keep your feet flexed throughout the movement.

A-Skips to Lunges. Same as A-Skips, but drop into a deep Lunge when you land. From the lunge position, drive your back leg to your chest, then land in a Lunge.

B-Skips. Same as A-Skips, except when you drive your knee to your chest, kick the same leg out as fast as possible. Lower and repeat on your opposite leg.

Lunges with Twist. Standing with your feet hip-width apart, lunge with your right leg and twist your torso to the right. Return to center, then repeat to the left.

Carioca. Cross your left foot in front of your right foot, moving to the right. Step to the right with your right foot and place your left foot behind it. Continue to cross-step in that pattern, then reverse back to the start.

Side Shuffle. Push off with your left foot and move to the right, landing on your right foot and bringing your left foot to meet it. Continue to move quickly to the right, then reverse direction back to the start.

The Workout

Perform the following exercises in order:

  1. Harness Sprints – 10 reps x 10 yards.
  2. Lateral Harness Single-Leg Drive Across Body – 1 x 10 yards.
  3. Lateral Harness Sprints, focusing on high knees, both sides – 1 x 5 reps.
  4. Face-Down Sprints – 1 x 5 right leg, 1 x 5 left leg.
  5. Lunges – 4 x 30 around the track. Walk for 30 seconds to recover between sets.

Plyometric Training

Quick Jumps. Standing in a “blocking” position with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands held overhead, perform 10 fast jumps in a row. Use a goal post as a reference to measure the height of your jumps. Do three sets for speed.

Tuck Jumps. Standing with your feet and knees together, jump off the ground, bringing your knees a quarter of the way up to your chest. Always land softly on the balls of your feet. Do three reps, then immediately jump again, this time thrusting your knees halfway up to your chest. Do three reps. Finally, jump again, driving your knees up to your chest and jumping for height. Do three reps. Rest for 30 seconds, then repeat for a total of 4 sets.

Skaters. With your chest lifted, spring off your left foot to the right as far as you can, landing softly with your right knee bent. Then spring off your right foot to the left as far as possible. Alternate for 30 seconds. Perform 2 sets, resting one minute between sets. Then repeat the movement, focusing on height (try to get 2 to 3 feet off the ground) rather than distance. Alternate legs for 30 seconds. Do 2 sets, resting for one minute between sets.

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With her eyes set on another Olympic gold this Summer, volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings has been following an intense training schedule in preparation for the Games. On the heels of announcing her partnership with KT Tape, the 38 year-old mother of three recently chatted with us about her workouts, eating habits, and mental focus.

“It’s been an emotional, physical, and mental growth since the last Olympic Games,” said Walsh Jennings. After winning the 2012 gold medal in London, her longtime teammate Misty May-Treanor announced her retirement — something Walsh didn’t see for herself anytime soon.

With hopes of a fourth gold medal, Kerri found a new partner in April Ross. The two athletes are each other’s biggest motivators, said Walsh Jennings. “Every day, challenge each other. I admire her and I respect her. I want to rise with her. I feel like we’re doing it together.” And they are definitely doing it! The dynamic duo currently tops the US women’s team and is earning medal after medal at international competitions.

Walsh Jennings’s eternal drive for improvement in all areas helps propel her to be a better athlete. “I am really committed to just growing and evolving my entire life.” She accredits much of her success and strength on the court to motherhood. “My children have taught me so much,” she said. “The mommy in me wants to be an amazing role model for my kids. The Olympian in me wants to be a hero.” Walsh Jennings continued, saying that it’s her three children that take her passion for the game to the “next, next, next” level.

To see what the next level looks like for an Olympian, go behind the scenes to see how KWJ trains, check out more about her happy mommy life, and find out what she’s learned that’s helped her ascend to the top of her game.

Related: Here’s What an Olympic Athlete’s Training Schedule Looks Like (Hint: It’s Not Easy)

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