Roundnet World Isolation Special -Player Interview #10 -
- Benny Bachler -
European Champion - 2019 European Spikeball Roundnet Association Championships
(Photo Credit - EUSRA)
7/23/20 - Interview By: Tom Witt
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Roundnet Season Break
Just like the rest of you, I've been lounging around watching roundnet highlight videos and hitting serves against my bedroom wall.
So, I was thinking it would be cool to write an article to show others what some roundnet players around the nation, and world, are doing during this downtime!
A few of Benny Bachler's notable career stats:
- EUROPEAN CHAMPION! 2019 European Spikeball Roundnet Association (EUSRA) - Team 'RCG Dio Knedl'
-3rd ranked player in 2019 EUSRA Open Division Rankings
-4th ranked team in 2019 EUSRA Team Rankings - Team 'RCG Dio Knedl'
-1st place in the Austrian Roundnet Open 2019
-3rd place in the EUSRA Grand Slam in Prague
Benny lives in Austria, and is a musician/guitarist!
VIDEO: European Roundnet Championship 2019, Cologne | Official Aftermovie - 1.Spikeball-Club Koln
Read More About Benny Bachler Below!
What Are You Doing During the Roundnet Season Break?
One good thing about the quarantine is that I'm "forced" to have some regular service practice.
I don't enjoy it as much as pick-up games and playing with friends in the park, but I really notice the progress in my serve-technique and I think I will be grateful for that in the future.
Furthermore, I've got my Spikeball set standing in the middle of my room, so I'm very often tempted to take a ball and do some shots in order to improve my hitting technique and ball control.
And of course, I do as many roundnet challenges from the internet as possible, which is much fun and gives me back a little bit of the competitive feeling that I'm missing these days.
(Photo Credit - 1.Spikeball-Club Koln)
Nutrition, Training, Recovery:
Due to the fact that I always struggled with my bodyweight, I do various diet plans most of the time and that works quite good during quarantine. After I lost 25kg (115kg to 90kg) in the last two years I regained almost 10kg and now I'm on the way down again (96kg at the moment).
I try to be strict with my diet plan - that works for me - which is actually just staying under 1800kcal a day - and use the time to get in shape.
Because of the current situation I have a lot of time for cooking - which makes it much easier to eat healthy (fresh vegetables in almost every meal; enough time to calculate and plan the macronutrients for the day).
Moreover, in order to encourage my metabolism even more I try to stick to regular sleeping times and drink a lot of green tea during the day.
*Check out the link for more roundnet related nutrition strategies - 'Tournament Prep Like A Pro'*
VIDEO: 2019 EUSRA Championships - Mens Finals Highlights
Non Roundnet Related:
In order to stay fit (or maybe get fit haha) I do Freeletics together with my two roommates in a fixed plan, means we do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout 4-5 times a week (mostly burpees haha).
Also, I have weights at home and try to improvise to imitate some exercises from the gym.
Since I can't play roundnet and volleyball on a regular basis I really do a lot of working out, even multiple times a day and I already see a lot of progress and feel better in my body.
Link to article - 'Roundnet Focused Training Program'
What Are You Doing For Yourself During Downtime From Roundnet Gatherings?
As many downsides this whole pandemic thing has, I found many upsides for myself.
I've already mentioned the roundnet and workout stuff, but there are more positive things.
Firstly, I'm able to spend a lot of time with my roommates and my girlfriend. We played a lot of Darts which turned out to be a really nice new hobby.
Furthermore, I planted some herbs on my balcony and did other stuff I wanted to do now for such a long time.
I play guitar and piano much and I sing a lot. I make a lot of music, which makes me really happy and motivated to keep that up for the time after quarantine.
Advice for Others During This 'Free-Time' to Help Improve at Roundnet?
Benny's Training Tips:
Besides service practice (because you can never practice service too much) my advice would be trying out new things, maybe even weird things.
For me, every scenario you go through in training, will help you in the future with playing roundnet.
That could be trying out the challenges you find on social media or just messing around with the ball.
Wouldn't everybody want to figure out some new drills during this time away from roundnet tournaments, rather than complain about not being able to play usual roundnet?
It's time to be creative!
VIDEO: Benny from Roundnet Club Graz with Janek from Poland at the Indoor Roundnet Masters Germany 2020
Favorite Roundnet Tournament:
I have to go with the European Championships 2019! (Which Benny and his partner Marian WON!!!)
Because there have been so many awesome people from all over Europe and I was happy about everyone I either met again or I got to know better there.
Also, it was an incredible experience for me to play in front of so many people in the finals.
Benny's Thoughts on 2019 Euros
Euros were more than overwhelming.
For me the whole day was a sensory overload, but in a good way.
At the same time I was happy, nervous, entertained, focused and immensely glad to be there.
Undoubtedly, I was in a competitive mindset that day, but no matter how the tournament would have turned out, I’m sure I would have had a wonderful weekend anyways (and that is the thing I love the most about this sport).
Still I felt extremely proud and happy after our last point in the finals, when I hugged my partner Marian and heard the cheering and clapping all around.
This I will never forget.
(Photo Credit - Spikeball-Club-Koln)
How Benny Was Introduced to Roundnet:
A friend tagged me in a Facebook post (2016/17) where they explained how Roundnet works and I immediately knew: "I’m gonna love this sport".
So even though it was winter, the next thing I did after watching the video was order a Spikeball set.
Then as soon as it was a little warm outside I asked some friends to go play and as expected I fell in love with Roundnet right away.
The next step was to join the, back then, rather small community in Graz, Austria.
In the summer of 2018 we discovered that there would be European Championships in London and spontaneously decided to attend (which was the best decision ever).
We got to know some players from different countries and learned so much from them.
(Read more about another European CHAMPION, Gabriela Mlcochova, in the 7th edition of the 'Isolation Special' Series! - Roundnet World Isolation Special Player Interview #7 - Gabriela Mlcochova - 2019 European Roundnet Mixed 3rd Place - Czech Republic Roundnet)
After that, it all got more serious and we started with weekly practice and going to tournaments.
We got to know the community better and better and started to love them more and more.
(Photo Credit - Spikeball-Club-Koln)
That's Benny Bachelor - EUROPEAN CHAMPION - 2019 EUSRA Championships!
Thank you, Benny!
Thanks for reading, everyone!
- Tom Witt
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Photo Credit - 1.Spikeball-Club Koln
(Photo Credit - 1.Spikeball-Club Koln)
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1. Photo Credit - 1.Spikeball-Club Koln
2. Photos and Videos via Benny Bachler