The competition for positions on volleyball team rosters is more competitive than ever. Talent, skills and gamesmanship are only part of the package and by themselves are not enough.  Today’s competitive volleyball athlete cannot rely solely on volleyball practices as preparation for elite level performance. The top players are strong, have great athleticism and conditioning and are remarkably durable as well. You won’t be getting the kind of training an athlete needs at your local gym where the training regimens are geared toward the general fitness of non-athletes and developed by trainers, not strength and conditioning specialists. 

Strength and conditioning is the great transformer in the modern game. The dilemma facing athletes and their parents, however, is finding a reliable experienced program that will provide the most effective training that enhances explosiveness, body awareness, durability and anaerobic endurance. Hall of Fame coach Bob Takano (CSCS) of Takano Weightlifting has been developing these aspects for volleyball players for over 22 years. Over 20 of his athletes have earned Division 1 scholarships.


WHEN: Starts January 9th 2016, Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 4pm. 1 hour sessions

WHERE: Takano Weightlifting / LYFE Fitness Complex @ 6036 Variel ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91367




Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships and the Summer Olympics. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American to snatch double bodyweight, earning a berth on the 1984 team. 

Furthermore Bob has been a CSCS since 1986, having authored six articles for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, and served as a member of the editorial board of that journal from 1996 to 2000. He has also co-authored a chapter for the NASM’s Essentials of Sports Performance Training, and a chapter on the Training of Weightlifters for the IOC Sports Medicine Commission’s Encyclopedia of Strength and Power. 20 of the female volleyball players he’s coached have earned Division 1 scholarships. Bob is on the teaching staff for the USAW Weightlifting Coaching Education program and presents his own seminars as well.


"Coach Bob Takano evaluated my athleticism beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  In less than one year, my vertical increased by 7 inches -- I was touching 10'6'' as a Junior in High School.  Being only a slightly better than average volleyball player, it was important for my athletic ability to shine for prospective college coaches who were looking for volleyball players with better skills than me.  However, because my athleticism was among the best in the country for my class, I was recruited by all the top volleyball programs in the country.  I would not have had the opportunities I did without Bob Takano.  His ability to transform athleticism in a short amount of time is unheard of in the strength and conditioning world."  Stacie Venski.  Former All Pac 10 Player at USC.  Member of USA National Team, USA National Youth Team and USA National Junior Team.  Currently coach of the 18-1 Team for Point West Mizuno


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