Select Skills instructors will now be offering group lessons. Group lessons are a great way to get to know an instructor and hear their expertise. Instructors will speak to specific topics, often with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
Alix Klineman: Recap
For our first group lesson, we were lucky enough to be joined by beach volleyball gold medalist, Alix Klineman. We had about 300 sign ups for this group lesson, as people were excited to hear Alix discuss nutrition and injury prevention with The Skills CEO, Omer. Alix’s followers submitted about 50 questions, and we used these questions to guide the lesson.
Fueling your body through nutrient dense foods, and taking the time to properly prepare and recover from training are two crucial aspects of being an elite athlete. Alix let the audience in on some of her own tricks and tips - she covered everything from pre-game meals to her favorite ways to recover.
Attendees learned that Alix cooks at home most nights, and only eats out once or twice a week. For most of us, we get home from work and feel like cooking a full dinner is too arduous. As a result, we might pick up something on the way home or order in food that might not be as fueling to our bodies as we’d like. One great tip from Alix is to keep your refrigerator stocked for just those occasions. She shared that one of her go-to quick meals is to cook fresh spinach over high heat in oil with sea salt for only about 2 minutes or so, then add it to precooked, frozen meatballs, marinara sauce, and pasta. This meal has a great balance of food groups and features fresh, flavourful greens for added nutrients - and it’s quick to make!
Attendees also learned some great tips for training, especially for other volleyball players and athletes of any kind. Alix shared with the audience that when training, you should ideally leave 30 minutes to stretch and warm up properly before. She also points out that if you feel pain or discomfort, regardless of where you’re at in a tournament or training, you should speak up and put your body first. Injuries won’t go away on their own, and she’s a big advocate of training smarter not harder. And she swears by her Hypervolt and Normatec boots for recovery.
More group lessons to come!
While Alix spoke to a group of hundreds, some of our virtual events are more intimate, with limited capacities and direct interaction with our instructors.
We’ve been focused on sports and dance in these first few events, but we have some in the works in the culinary and fine arts - keep checking back to see when these events will be featured!