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Fitness programme update - The SquashSkills weight-loss plan!

Fitness programme update - The SquashSkills weight-loss plan!

A bit of a change of theme in today’s new blog, where we’re taking a look at weight-loss for the squash players out there who might be looking to shift a little excess bodyfat...

  • Friday 19th August 2016
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Squash players - Get engaged!
  • 12th Aug 2016

Squash players - Get engaged!

It’s important to ‘prime’ those muscles that we’re going to rely so heavily on during a game, to help ensure that they’re going to be ready to work at their peak. This is where muscle engagement exercises are useful, to activate the muscles so t...

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The power of red
  • 10th Aug 2016

The power of red

It can often come down to the minutest of factors that give a player that crucial edge that carries them to victory – surprisingly, there is research to suggest that this may even include something as seemingly trivial as the colour of your clothes!...

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Fitness programme update - Benefits of bolt-ons
  • 5th Aug 2016

Fitness programme update - Benefits of bolt-ons

With time scarce due to family, work, and social commitments, squeezing extra sessions into the week to get the necessary physical work in can be very difficult. 'Bolt-on' sessions are a great solution....

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3 top tips that will help you as a sports parent
  • 3rd Aug 2016

3 top tips that will help you as a sports parent

Danny Massaro explores how you can maximise your sporting relationship with your child, as well as their sporting performance and enjoyment from taking part....

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The 3 R's of recovery after playing squash
  • 1st Aug 2016

The 3 R's of recovery after playing squash

What should you be doing after a squash match/training session to help promote recovery, and make sure you're in the best possible condition ready for the next time you take to the court?...

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3 tips to help you stick to a training programme
  • 29th Jul 2016

3 tips to help you stick to a training programme

Finding it hard to stick to your programme? Check out our 3 top tips to help with training regime adherence!...

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Summer training programme
  • 22nd Jul 2016

Summer training programme

Our SquashSkills summer training plans are here!...

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The importance of good movement in squash
  • 21st Jul 2016

The importance of good movement in squash

To hit an accurate shot you need to get into a good stable position. Movement around the squash court isn't just about speed, it's about how your whole game comes together. Learn more here on the SquashSkills blog....

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Fitness programme update - Speed up your game
  • 14th Jul 2016

Fitness programme update - Speed up your game

Speed is a vital element for all squash player's, but how can you develop, improve and maintain it? Find out with our new speed training programme....

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What is 'Winning Parent'?
  • 13th Jul 2016

What is 'Winning Parent'?

We recently caught up with Danny Massaro, author of The Winning Parent, and coach/husband to Laura Massaro. Danny was answering questions on 'The Winning Parent', the concept and the message behind his award winning book....

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Don't let mental distractions affect your squash!
  • 7th Jul 2016

Don't let mental distractions affect your squash!

Stress can affect us all, for a number of reasons, but what effect does negative thinking and mind-sets have on your squash game? How can you shut away these problems when on court, and stop them disturbing your performance?...

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As a squash player would you benefit from training barefoot?
  • 4th Jul 2016

As a squash player would you benefit from training barefoot?

As a squash player would training barefoot be of any benefit to you? We'll explore the idea in this blog post....

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Win the SquashSkills golden ticket!
  • 2nd Jul 2016

Win the SquashSkills golden ticket!

This is your chance to win a place on our upcoming SquashSkills coaching camp this Autumn in Yale University, as well as a host of new Salming gear. Simply tell us on Facebook why you 'need' to attend!...

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3 top training tips to improve your on-court movement
  • 1st Jul 2016

3 top training tips to improve your on-court movement

To help get you flowing round the court like the world’s best, here are our SquashSkills 3 top physical training tips for improving your on court movement...

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5 reasons you should warm-up before you play squash
  • 30th Jun 2016

5 reasons you should warm-up before you play squash

Have you ever wondered why you warm up before you play squash? Anybody who takes part in regular exercise will have heard countless times that they should be warming-up before they train or play....

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How does alcohol affect the performance of a squash player?
  • 28th Jun 2016

How does alcohol affect the performance of a squash player?

A drink in the bar of a local squash club is an integral part of the post-match experience for many amateurs, but what are it's effects on your performance?...

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Fitness programme update - Power up your training
  • 24th Jun 2016

Fitness programme update - Power up your training

As a squash player you need to develop the ability to explode from the T, change direction, accelerate quickly, and make fast dynamic movements around the court. Squash specific power training is therefore essential....

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Choosing the right squash ball for you
  • 23rd Jun 2016

Choosing the right squash ball for you

Are you new the game of squash, wondering which type of squash ball you should be using? A few factors go into choosing the correct squash ball, helping ensure it stays lively during play....

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The benefits of bananas for squash players
  • 22nd Jun 2016

The benefits of bananas for squash players

You often see bananas being eaten court side at tennis matches, but what benefits do athletes get out of eating them? Similarly, court side at many squash venues bananas are becoming as familiar as gels, sports drinks, and other nutritional aids found in...

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Movement focused squash coaching camp
  • 21st Jun 2016

Movement focused squash coaching camp

Improve your movement around the court by attending our upcoming squash coaching camp. Learn how to move better and dominate the court, ultimately winning more squash....

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In squash, you never stop learning!
  • 20th Jun 2016

In squash, you never stop learning!

As a squash player or coach you should never stop learning, practicing and improving. From the return of serve to the trickle boast, there's always something new on SquashSkills that you can relate to your game....

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The best squash-specific exercise you've never heard of
  • 17th Jun 2016

The best squash-specific exercise you've never heard of

It's important to maximise your fitness training time. The 'rear foot elevated split squat' or 'Bulgarian split squat' is a great exercise to use to cover a whole range of elements in one simple to learn movement....

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Do you need to 'warm-down' after a squash match?
  • 15th Jun 2016

Do you need to 'warm-down' after a squash match?

While for most players the warm-up will follow the same general pattern of progressively warming and mobilising the body in preparation for exercise, there is usually seen a far higher degree of variance in cool-down routines. But how necessary are they?...

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Fitness programme update - Get stronger
  • 9th Jun 2016

Fitness programme update - Get stronger

If you're a squash player seriously looking to improve your game then one area you're going to need to address is your basic strength levels. A sound base of strength is the foundation of all other athletic elements....

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Healthy nutrition for the squash player - Eat a rainbow!
  • 7th Jun 2016

Healthy nutrition for the squash player - Eat a rainbow!

In such a physically challenging sport, it's vital that squash players who are serious about improving their physical performance take time to consider their dietary choices....

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A squash player's guide to tennis elbow
  • 5th Jun 2016

A squash player's guide to tennis elbow

If you've got a sore or painful elbow after playing squash, maybe during the night, you might be suffering from tennis elbow, a commonly reported injury in racket sports. Lateral epicondylitis to use the medical term, usually starts the morning after spor...

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Preparing for your summer squash training
  • 3rd Jun 2016

Preparing for your summer squash training

While some players reduce their squash playing schedule to pursue other sports over the summer months, for many others it’s seen as the perfect opportunity to get in a good block of structured training to really focus on getting into peak condition...

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Learn how to develop your own patterns of play
  • 1st Jun 2016

Learn how to develop your own patterns of play

Peter Nicol explains his favourite patterns of play to use on a squash court. Develop your ability to read the game, and how you can take advantage of certain shots and situations....

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Plyometrics for the squash player
  • 28th May 2016

Plyometrics for the squash player

Power training can be of great benefit for the squash player. Plyometric drills are great to include as part of your power training programme, but make sure you choose drills appropriate to your level of conditioning....

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How to select the right shoes for squash
  • 25th May 2016

How to select the right shoes for squash

Choosing the right squash shoes to wear on court is essential to preventing injury and damage to your joints. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and painful blisters, are some of the issues we believe could be prevented by using the correct court shoes....

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Calling all squash fans, follow our social channels!
  • 24th May 2016

Calling all squash fans, follow our social channels!

Squash players, fans, coaches, even clubs, make sure you're following our social media channels for daily tips, information, clips and advice!...

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How to restring a squash racket
  • 23rd May 2016

How to restring a squash racket

Learn how to restring your squash racket. If you need to restring your squash racket and you're looking for a simple guide, look no further. Racket stringing can make a huge difference to the way a racket performs....

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Peter Nicol on playing Jansher Khan
  • 20th May 2016

Peter Nicol on playing Jansher Khan

Peter Nicol describes what it was like to play against the great Jansher Khan on the squash court....

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Can chocolate be a healthy snack for the squash player?
  • 20th May 2016

Can chocolate be a healthy snack for the squash player?

A couple of weeks ago here on the SquashSkills blog we looked at the ‘benefits of beetroot’, and how it has the potential to boost physical performance – perfect for squash players looking for an extra edge on court. Another food that has recently b...

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The key to hitting consistently
  • 18th May 2016

The key to hitting consistently

For squash players, body position and balance are incredibly important factors when it comes to hitting good quality shots consistently....

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3 things you can do to become a better squash player
  • 13th May 2016

3 things you can do to become a better squash player

Every squash player is always looking to improve their game in the shortest time possible. Don't miss these quick tips on some crucial elements of your training....

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Defending in the front forehand
  • 13th May 2016

Defending in the front forehand

In squash you need to be able to hit off both legs in all areas of the court. You can improve your defensive options in the front corner by developing the ability off your right leg....

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How stress can affect your squash performance
  • 12th May 2016

How stress can affect your squash performance

A long tiring or stressful day at work can have many implications on your squash. Mental stresses and strains on your state of mind, can cause your squash performance to be sluggish or lethargic....

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Move effectively through the middle of the squash court
  • 9th May 2016

Move effectively through the middle of the squash court

In squash we often focus on movement patterns to the front and back of the court, rather than concentrating on general movement around the middle of the court. As with all movement patterns, being prepared is crucial....

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Beetroot's benefits for the squash player
  • 6th May 2016

Beetroot's benefits for the squash player

Beetroot is a vegetable that's packed with benefits, and which can potentially boost athletic performance. It's also a great source of antioxidants, proven to lower blood pressure, improve general blood flow, and help reduce the risk of heart disease....

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Squash workshop with David Pearson
  • 29th Apr 2016

Squash workshop with David Pearson

Join David Pearson and the SquashSkills team of coaches for a weekend squash coaching camp in Harrogate in June....

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How to refuel after a squash match
  • 27th Apr 2016

How to refuel after a squash match

Utilising appropriate nutritional strategies after a tough match or training session is crucial for your body's recovery and subsequent performance. Consuming the correct nutrients immediately afterwards should be a key consideration....

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Does jogging have any benefits for squash players?
  • 27th Apr 2016

Does jogging have any benefits for squash players?

Many athletes aim to improve their fitness levels by going for a walk, jog or run. But does running or jogging really have any benefits for a squash player?...

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3 top tips for your squash fitness training
  • 22nd Apr 2016

3 top tips for your squash fitness training

If you're looking to improve your squash specific fitness conditioning don't miss Gary's 3 top tips - they're essentials for your squash training....

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Movement to the back of the squash court
  • 21st Apr 2016

Movement to the back of the squash court

Peter discusses how to create options in the back corners of the squash court when under pressure, and explores the different practices you can do to improve your movement....

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Is wheatgrass juice the ultimate 'superfood'?
  • 15th Apr 2016

Is wheatgrass juice the ultimate 'superfood'?

As a squash player, it’s important to eat a good, well-balanced diet to help promote repair and recovery from your on-court efforts. Does wheatgrass juice have a role to play here?...

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Movement to the front of the squash court
  • 14th Apr 2016

Movement to the front of the squash court

Never underestimate how important your movement and spacing to the front of the court are in squash. Whether you're attacking or defending, your movement patterns are crucial....

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Fitness training with a friend
  • 13th Apr 2016

Fitness training with a friend

Going to the gym with a partner can be a great way of physically pushing yourself. For a squash player looking to improve your fitness this is definitely something you should think about....

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Balance & weight transfer in squash
  • 8th Apr 2016

Balance & weight transfer in squash

Peter discusses movement off of the T, understanding balance, weight transfer & movement patterns in squash....

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