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20/08/15

Lock Away Your Negative Thoughts!

Lock Away Your Negative Thoughts!

Stressful circumstances affect us all – be they work difficulties, family issues, financial problems, or even just bouts of frustration with your game when you feel you’re playing badly – and everyone is subject to negative thoughts and mind-sets at times. These mental distractions can cause big problems with your focus during a game however, when you’re physically on court but your mind is elsewhere. To avoid your game being affected, these thoughts ideally need to somehow be ‘shut away’ somewhere so as they can’t disturb your performance.

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Gary Nisbett

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14/08/15

My Experience - The Kill In The Professional Game

My Experience - The Kill In The Professional Game

I've always felt that the kill is an easier shot than the straight out drop shot. ‘The Kill’ is played with a lot more pace and a closed racket face, meaning it has less cut and feel needed than the drop, which gives me confidence that I'll play a more consistent and better shot (which has been proven to be true over a few decades now!).

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Category: Squash
Tags: David Palmer, Peter Nicol, Jonathan Power, Technique

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13/08/15

Nutrition For Squash - Eat A Rainbow!

Nutrition For Squash - Eat A Rainbow!

In such a physically challenging game as squash, it is vital that players who are serious about training to improve their skills and sport-specific conditioning take the time to consider the importance of their dietary choices. Healthy eating is vital for supporting the body’s physiological processes, and helping to repair the joints and muscles exposed to such high volumes of physical stress.

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Paleo Diet, Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning, Physical

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06/08/15

Test Yourself! 3 Simple Tests Of Squash-Specific Fitness

Test Yourself! 3 Simple Tests Of Squash-Specific Fitness

Many of our Northern Hemisphere readers are no doubt sweating their way through their summer training right now, working out on the court and in the gym to get their bodies in optimum shape ready for September and the resumption of normal box league, team match, and tournament play! In today’s blog post then, we’re going to take a look at fitness assessment!

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Tags: Interval Session, Return to Squash Programme, Off Season Training, Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning, Movement, Physical

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27/07/15

My Experience - World Junior Championships

My Experience - World Junior Championships

With the World Junior Championships underway in Eindhoven, I thought back to my two experiences playing in the same event. I certainly had two very different experiences in those events that helped form my squash character. My first chance to participate was fortuitous as Scotland was the host nation and as a 15 year old, I wasn't playing to a good enough standard to make the team so instead I was given entry into the individual event.

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Category: Squash
Tags: Peter Nicol, Jansher Khan, Tournaments

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23/07/15

Choking - How To Squeeze Your Way Out Of It

Choking - How To Squeeze Your Way Out Of It

The concept of ‘choking’ is one familiar to many sportspeople – that sudden catastrophic drop in performance when placed in a pressurised situation, either from before the game/event actually starting, or kicking in during the event game/event itself. This ‘choking’ phenomenon is often seen by teams and athletes even from a dominant or winning position.

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Category: Squash
Tags: Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning

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07/07/15

Vlog: Scheduling Your Training Sessions

VLOG

In July's Vlog Gary gives two tips to help increase how often you train and really improve your physical conditioning. Firstly, he suggests adding fitness bolt-ons before or after practice matches or on court training to give you that slight edge. Secondly Gary suggests scheduling 2-3 conditioning sessions a week to fit around work and social commitments to really take you to that next level of conditioning. 

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19/06/15

My Experience - Hitting Into Space

My Experience - Hitting Into Space

It may seem like the most obvious comment to make, “hit the ball into space and away from your opponent”. However, it is very hard in practice, under pressure to always understand where that space is. The game of squash is naturally very quick and relies on instinctive decisions so hitting into space is actually a very hard skill to master. 

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Category: Squash
Tags: Peter Nicol, Practice, Technique

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18/06/15

Court Shoes - Getting The Right Fit For Squash

Court Shoes - Getting The Right Fit For Squash

Overuse injuries are unfortunately common in squash, due to the highly demanding physical nature of the game. These injuries often manifest themselves within the arm around the shoulder and elbow region, but more commonly they tend to occur in the hips, knees, ankles, and feet – things like Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and painful blisters being familiar to many players.

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning

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11/06/15

Being Mentally Tough For Squash

Being Mentally Tough For Squash

Squash is undoubtedly a supremely tough sport. The inherent physical nature of the game, trying to execute a game-plan while shoulder to shoulder with an opponent who is attempting to do the exact same thing, battling away within the walled confines of the court as tiredness and fatigue set in, all go toward making it one of the most challenging sports out there for the truly dedicated.

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Category: Squash
Tags: Gary Nisbett

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04/06/15

Alcohol and Squash Performance

Alcohol and Squash Performance

A pint or two in the bar is an integral part of the post-match experience for many amateur squash enthusiasts, and the occasional tipple shouldn’t be of great concern to the average healthy individual. Alcohol consumed regularly and excessively can have a variety of negative effects on performance for the sportsperson however, and can seriously undermine the hard-earned results from your squash training programme.

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning

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27/05/15

Issues With The ‘Smith Machine’ For Squash Players

Issues With The ‘Smith Machine’ For Squash Players

Most commercial gyms these days will contain a Smith Machine or two, and their large impressive shiny frames and apparent ease of use tend to have the effect of luring less experienced exercisers into the clutches of their attractive looking, but unfortunately rather poorly designed mechanical frames. Despite being so prevalent in so many gyms for so many years, there are a number of serious flaws in both their form and function.

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Weight training, Resistance Training, Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning, Physical

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21/05/15

Keeping Squash-Fit On Vacation – pt.2

Keeping Squash-Fit On Vacation – pt.2

With the Northern Hemisphere Summer starting to creep in, a lot of people’s minds turn to luxury vacations to exotic climes – or at least, weekend breaks out of town with the kids in tow! For the dedicated squash player however, the immediate concern naturally becomes: “But how will I keep up my training in Barbados/Tenerife/Skegness??”. The good news is, Squashskills is here to help!

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Category: Fitness
Tags: Off Season Training, Gary Nisbett, Fitness / Conditioning, Physical

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20/04/15

Inject Pace Into Your Game

Inject Pace Into Your Game

There are many different ways to inject pace. I think a good way to learn about this is to understand how the best players in the world inject. I have listed below 3 players and how they manage to inject pace with the skills they have – all different, to show that we all have to learn and work within our own skill set. 

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Category: Squash
Tags: Peter Nicol, Physical

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