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  • Friday 29th January 2016

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Exciting partnership deal with Salming!
  • 4th Jan 2016

Exciting partnership deal with Salming!

SquashSkills and Salming are delighted to announce that they have signed a partnership deal that brings together two of the most progressive and exciting brands in the squash world....

Getting the right ‘Fit’ for you!
  • 10th Dec 2015

Getting the right ‘Fit’ for you!

These are incredibly excited times, with our brand new site launching!...

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Top banana!
  • 4th Dec 2015

Top banana!

Left over banana peels are almost part of the furniture at court side in many clubs, with the bendy yellow fruit becoming as familiar a sight as the usual gels, sports drinks, and other nutritional aids found in players bags. ...

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Getting the best out of juniors
  • 3rd Dec 2015

Getting the best out of juniors

Juniors crave instant gratification for success. In reality, we know it's not always that easy. Unfortunately, for all athletes who work hard to achieve their goals, there are obstacles that must be overcome....

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Caffeine as a performance enhancer?
  • 26th Nov 2015

Caffeine as a performance enhancer?

Although most people are familiar with caffeine and are aware of some of its potential benefits and effects, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions as to its exact uses and functions within the body. Used correctly though, it can be a very usef...

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Interview - Alison Waters
  • 20th Nov 2015

Interview - Alison Waters

After a great 2014/15 season where she was crowned British National Champion and went on to equal her career best world ranking of 3, the start of the 2015/16 season has been frustrating for England's Alison Waters, suffering a serious back injury in the...

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My experience - Using a ball machine in practice
  • 17th Nov 2015

My experience - Using a ball machine in practice

As a professional player I never used the ball machine. My thinking was that hitting with other players or getting fed balls by my coach would be far more useful - more like a gameplay scenario where the ball is coming at different angles....

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An introduction to core training
  • 12th Nov 2015

An introduction to core training

‘Core training' has long been a buzz phrase in fitness circles, with many Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors the World over taking a vague understanding of the concept and running with it, to the point now that much of the original essence and fo...

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Training partners
  • 5th Nov 2015

Training partners

One of the great things about squash, is how easy it is to get on court and practice your skills and technique on your own if you've got no partner available. Other racket sports such as tennis and badminton don't generally afford the same luxury, with a...

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The importance of volleying
  • 30th Oct 2015

The importance of volleying

From a tactical perspective I have always believed the volley to be the most powerful way of controlling a game. There are so many nuances within squash that you need to learn but here is a basic fact: the player in front and on the T wins most of the tim...

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My experience - Working with David Pearson
  • 29th Oct 2015

My experience - Working with David Pearson

Seeing David Pearson on the site over the past weeks has brought back so many wonderful memories of our time together. His attention to detail and level of understanding of the mechanics of the swing and movement are so all encompassing, he can spot the m...

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Can mental fatigue really affect your squash performance?
  • 29th Oct 2015

Can mental fatigue really affect your squash performance?

Squash is a tough enough sport as it is, never mind when your evening game/training session has been preceded by a long day at the office. Just about every player at every level will have at one time or another blamed a loss on work/social/family stresses...

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Follow Our Channels!
  • 28th Oct 2015

Follow Our Channels!

Follow our social media channels for daily tips, clips and advice! Connect with other fans and share your views and thoughts with us!...

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New Year Coaching Camp
  • 27th Oct 2015

New Year Coaching Camp

It's clear that there's no one way to play squash, everyone has different attributes which mean they're more inclined to play one way rather than another. This camp is designed to help you develop the tactical awareness to play your best squash!...

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Sleep Disturbance After Squash?
  • 22nd Oct 2015

Sleep Disturbance After Squash?

This week's blog was prompted by a question from a reader regarding difficulties sleeping after having played/trained late in the evening....

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The Marine And The Squashist
  • 16th Oct 2015

The Marine And The Squashist

As I mentioned in one of my last blogs, I have tennis elbow. I'm back playing squash, but I still rehabbing the elbow because I need to make sure the problem doesn't come back. ...

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The 3 R’s of Post-Match Recovery
  • 16th Oct 2015

The 3 R’s of Post-Match Recovery

What should you be doing after a match to best promote recovery in preparation for playing/training the next day, or possibly even later the same day if within a tournament environment? Check out our ? 3 R's of Post-Match Recovery' for all you need to kno...

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Working With Junior Athletes - Managing Expectations
  • 8th Oct 2015

Working With Junior Athletes - Managing Expectations

We've looked at some of the aspects relating to the development of junior players here on SquashSkills previously with our blogs on the growth of young players and more general early stage development, and it's a topic that we frequently receive questions...

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Your 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!
  • 1st Oct 2015

Your 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!

We've already been treated to some outstanding early season matches on the PSA tour in the San Francisco and Manchester events, and with Autumn creeping in it's now the turn of dedicated club players up and down the country to start getting back into the...

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Barefoot training
  • 24th Sep 2015

Barefoot training

For the squash player, the ability to move dynamically and efficiently around the court is key. To this end, much of the training that we do to improve our athletic capabilities revolves around various drills and workouts focusing on the muscles of the...

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A Rant In 10 Syllables
  • 22nd Sep 2015

A Rant In 10 Syllables

The Olympics, you've heard of that I'm sure. Hell, they play squash in Kuala Lumpur! They play all over if the truth be told....

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Test your strength!
  • 17th Sep 2015

Test your strength!

A big part of our new site structure, will be the incorporation of a number of different tests for our members to undertake, to really help assess where their individual strengths and weaknesses lay....

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The new SquashSkills for coaches
  • 14th Sep 2015

The new SquashSkills for coaches

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked with us since our initial launch. For the past two years we've worked with our coach members and coach friends to truly understand what they need from tool like ours, to help them in t...

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Injuries causing injuries
  • 4th Sep 2015

Injuries causing injuries

Back when I was younger the word ‘joint' conjured up something you smoked. Now it conjures up feelings of pain....

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My take on the volley drop
  • 4th Sep 2015

My take on the volley drop

This weeks focus has been on the volley drop with LJ Anjema guiding us through the principles of how and when to hit the shot....

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Running as conditioning for the squash player
  • 3rd Sep 2015

Running as conditioning for the squash player

Most amateur squash players will at some point (usually after a crushing loss!) have decided it was time ‘to get fitter'. For many though, it's difficult to know where to start – our members here at SquashSkills have access to a variety of sessions, m...

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My Experience - The Kill In The Professional Game
  • 13th Aug 2015

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 ......

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Nutrition For Squash - Eat A Rainbow!
  • 13th Aug 2015

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 vita......

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The Unorthodoxy Of Squash
  • 7th Aug 2015

The Unorthodoxy Of Squash

One of the most fascinating things about squash is that there are moments when you can throw away everything you know and make a counterintuitive shot and, lo and behold, profit from the experience.One of the most fascinating things about squash is t......

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Test Yourself! 3 Simple Tests Of Squash-Specific Fitness
  • 6th Aug 2015

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,......

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The Time Has Come To Change The Game...
  • 31st Jul 2015

The Time Has Come To Change The Game...

  When Peter and I launched Squashskills we set out with a mission: “…to break down the barriers between amateur and professional squash players, giving everyone access to high level coaching regardless of their standard or location.” W......

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What Bike – Watt Bike?
  • 30th Jul 2015

What Bike – Watt Bike?

In the quest for peak conditioning, bike sprints have long been one of the most familiar elements of the dedicated squash player's training. The game-specific nature of short sharp bursts of effort followed by brief intervals of active recovery, make......

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My Experience - World Junior Championships
  • 27th Jul 2015

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 pa......

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Choking - How To Squeeze Your Way Out Of It
  • 23rd Jul 2015

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 it......

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When Training Hots Up
  • 16th Jul 2015

When Training Hots Up

With Summer in full swing and temperatures rising in many parts of the world, the issue of how to successfully play and train in the heat without fatigue compromising health and performancehealth and performance becomes an important one. This is of p......

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From the Squashist to all Squashists
  • 10th Jul 2015

From the Squashist to all Squashists

Hello, and a word with you if I may… You likely wonder why ‘The Squashist' should be writing a blog on SquashSkills. After all, this is the site that not only offers the wisdom of Peter Nicol, he of squash royalty, but also Jethro Binns, a top player...

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Vlog: Scheduling Your Training Sessions
  • 7th Jul 2015

Vlog: Scheduling Your Training Sessions

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. ......

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Pre-Season Coaching Camp
  • 29th Jun 2015

Pre-Season Coaching Camp

This September we'll be running our annual Squashskills Pre-Season Squash Camp in Guildford, Surrey. Over the last few year's we've run a number of coaching camps, covering a range of topics from length hitting to taking the ball in short.This S......

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5 Top Reasons Why You Should Warm-Up Before You Play
  • 25th Jun 2015

5 Top Reasons Why You Should Warm-Up Before You Play

Anybody who takes part in regular exercise or who participates in a physically demanding sport such as squash, will have doubtless heard countless times that they should be warming-up before they train or play. Anybody who takes part in regular exerc......

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My Experience - Hitting Into Space
  • 19th Jun 2015

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 an......

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Court Shoes - Getting The Right Fit For Squash
  • 18th Jun 2015

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 hi......

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Being Mentally Tough For Squash
  • 11th Jun 2015

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 ......

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Alcohol and Squash Performance
  • 4th Jun 2015

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 h......

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Issues With The ‘Smith Machine’ For Squash Players
  • 27th May 2015

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 unf......

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Keeping Squash-Fit On Vacation – pt.2
  • 21st May 2015

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 conce......

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Keeping Squash-Fit On Vacation – pt.1
  • 14th May 2015

Keeping Squash-Fit On Vacation – pt.1

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!With the Northern Hemisphere Summer starting to creep in, a l......

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Vlog: Balancing Both Sides Of The Body
  • 30th Apr 2015

Vlog: Balancing Both Sides Of The Body

In this months Vlog Gary highlights the importance of training both sides of your body equally to enable you to move around the court freely and lunge of either leg when under pressure. He discusses various unilateral exercises which achieve this i......

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Cameron Pilley Interview
  • 23rd Apr 2015

Cameron Pilley Interview

Recently Jess caught up with World Number 14 and everybody's favourite Australian Cameron Pilley to talk childhood, The Olympics and, of course, that video of him and his brother.Recently Jess caught up with World Number 14 and everybody's ......

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