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Girls of Summer: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Players' Diet and Exercise Tips and Tricks

The FITNESS team recently met up with some AVP pro beach volleyball players for an exclusive photo shoot on a sunny beach in Los Angeles, California. The mission: To show off summer's hottest swimsuits on some super-hot bods.

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Patrik Giardino
Patrik Giardino
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Team Spirit

Sure, you can do lots of sports solo, but sometimes getting emotional support from teammates is what will help you reach your athletic goals. "They provide constant motivation, hold you accountable for your performance and constantly push you to improve your game." -- Janelle Ruen

Back row: Milly Biarritz bikini, $173, 921-970-7500. Vitamin A, Sunset Sparkle Stripe top, $74, and bottom, $79, mollybrownsswim.com. Speedo Axcelerate halter top, $46, and Hipster bottom, $42, speedousa.com. Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha Gold Lurex bikini, $138, bestswimwear.com. American Eagle Outfitters polka-dot halter top, $30, and bottom, $25, ae.com. Middle row: Onda de Mar Paradise bikini, $123, ondademar.com. Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha Pique with Bamboo, $156, 203-454-8688. Speedo Axcelerate halter top, $48, and bottom, $42, speedousa.com. Front row: Huit St. Barthe bikini, $150, figleaves.com.

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Body Confidence

Wearing a bikini every day means you have to feel good about the way you look. "I like showing off what I've worked hard to get with countless lunges, sit-ups and hours on the court, plus eating healthy, nutritious foods like natural whey protein and lots of veggies and drinking green tea." --Kerri Walsh, 2004 Olympic gold medalist

Speedo Axcelerate Halter top, $46, and Hipster bottom, $42, speedousa.com.

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Circle of Friends

The group dynamic of these 10 women is what motivates them to train hard, compete to win and still remember to smile. "We're in the sand 15 hours a week, the gym for five and therapy for six!" --Tyra Turner

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Boho bikini, top, $32, and bottom, $24, victoriassecret.com. Speedo Axcelerate Tie Front top, $48, and Hipster bottom, $42, speedousa.com. Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens Brigitte Bandeau top, $73, and Superstar bottom, $70, figleaves.com. Luli Fama Munequita Brava bikini, top, $82, and bottom, $48, lulifama.com. Speedo Axcelerate Halter top, $46, and Hipster bottom, $42, speedousa.com. RBK Swim Tough Love Halter top, $46, and Tie-side Hipster bottom, $42, Dillard's department stores. Onda de Mar Enjoy bikini, $165, ondademar.com. W-Swim Halter top, $58, and Hipster bottom, $50, swimnsport.com. OP Swim Banded Halter, $44, and Tunnel bottom, $44, Macy's department stores. RBK Silver Streak Sparkle Mesh Halter top, $42, and Hipster bottom, $40, Dillard's department stores.

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Tall Order

Ball-spiking athletes flaunt some serious inches (the average player is six-feet-plus), so no heels are required. "I used to be self-conscious of my height, but this game helped me feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. Now I love being tall." --Angie Akers

Sofia Cashmere Triangle top and tie full bottom, $130, mauiclothing company.com. Vix Triangle top and Chain Belt Boyshort bottom, $120, everythingbutwater.com.

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Sun Smarts

Being on the beach every day, all year round, can take a serious toll on your skin. "Wearing sunscreen is the most important thing I do on a daily basis. I reapply at least three times a day and wear UVA-protective sunglasses, a visor and sun-protective hair oil." --Holly McPeak

Trina Turk Under the Sea dress, $154, 212-206-7383. Speedo Axcelerate Halter top, $48, bottom, $42, speedousa.com.

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Live Strong (It's the New Sexy!)

"We get our 'sand legs' from running, lunging, and doing lots of good old-fashioned squats (no, they don't ever get any easier)." -- Jenny Johnson-Jordan, 33

Opening pages, left to right: Victoria's Secret top, $32, and bottom, $24. Speedo Axcelerate top, $46, and bottom, $42. RBK Swim top, $46, and bottom, $42. Onda de Mar, $165. W Swim top, $58, and bottom, $50. OP Swim top, $44, and bottom, $44. RBK Swim top, $42, and bottom, $40. Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens top, $73, and bottom, $70. Speedo Axcelerate top, $48, and bottom, $42.

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Stay Balanced for Energy

Eating lots of fuel food like fruit and PB & J is essential so the girls have the stamina they need to win on the court. But they still indulge.

"I'll eat so many Sour Patch Kids at the movies that my tongue usually ends up numb!" -- Angie Akers, 30

Left to right: Vix, $152. Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha, $156. Salinas, $106.

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Visualize Success

Whatever you want to achieve, don't go it alone.

"It's all about working together toward the same goal and believing in one another to make it happen." -- Holly McPeak, 37

Speedo Axcelerate top, $46, and bottom, $42. Speedo Axcelerate top, $48, and bottom, $42.

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Apply Sunblock by the Boatload

Playing on the beach 15 hours a week means that wearing an ultra-sweatproof sunblock like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55 ($9.49, drugstores) is a must.

"I practically swim in sunscreen before I head outside -- I don't want to look like beef jerky before my time." --Jennifer Snyder, 30

Top, left to right: Elizabeth Hurley Beach top, $94, and bottom, $94. Shoshanna top, $110, and bottom, $72. Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens top, $64, and bottom, $70.

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If You've Got It, Flaunt It

Hardly an ounce of body fat and lots of lean muscle is a job perk, but even these girls occasionally feel a little uncomfortable baring all.

"Hello, I wear a bikini to work every day!"
-- Angie Akers, 30

Left to right: Jenna de Rosnay by Huit, $59. Milly, $207. Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens top, $75, and bottom, $80.

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