Last updated on Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:13 am

Playing netball doesn’t even feel like exercising because there’s so much fun to be had. The camaraderie between the players, the team effort and high intensity of the sport makes it all fun.

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Could you tell us about your typical weekly exercise regimen?

Vanes-Mari: A week during the Brutal Fruit Premier Netball League consists of about six to eight training sessions, some harder than others.

Our netball games are played on the weekends, so on Monday I usually do a recovery session in the gym which includes cardio and some weight exercises to flush my body from all the lactic acid build up.

On Tuesday mornings I’ll have some specialised positional training (because I’m a goal shooter, I will do some shooting training and positional play). On Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings, I train with my team in Potchefstroom.

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Wednesday afternoon I usually have an individual fitness session including some netball specific ball skills. Towards the end of the week, training intensity decreases as you prepare for high-intensity games on the weekends.

Thursday morning a very light gym session with mostly Pilates/yoga inspired training, Thursday evening I’ll have an easy shooting practice.

Games are on Friday, Saturday and/or Sundays and typically we play two games over the weekend.

What is your favourite form of exercise and why?

Vanes-Mari: Obviously playing netball wins first prize, it doesn’t even feel like exercising because there’s so much fun to be had. The camaraderie between the players, the team effort and high intensity of the sport makes it all fun.

I like swimming too, it’s a full-body workout and I love being in the water, so it’s a win-win for me.

What are your top three tips for getting fit? 

Vanes-Mari:

  1. Start off easy, know your limits and don’t overdo it. People tend to hit the gym hard on their first go and get injured or muscle tightness. Then they automatically dislike training and don’t bother going back.
  2. Try something new in your routine – you’ll never know how good you are or how much you’ll enjoy something if you don’t give it a go. Try boxing, yoga, karate, rock climbing, aqua sports etc to spice up your training program.
  3. Recovery is just as important as training, so be sure to make time to look after yourself. That includes a balanced diet, enough sleep, lots of water intake, and a back massage now and then won’t hurt.

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