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James Willstrop on training for the larger player

James Willstrop on training for the larger player

We received a great question from SquashSkills member Benoit Tricot, directed to James Willstrop. James was graciously happy to help!...

  • Wednesday 10th January 2018
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Circuit of the month: January
  • 3rd Jan 2018

Circuit of the month: January

January's circuit is a multi-element session, with a variety of exercises focusing on speed, power, and endurance - perfect to get you going for 2018 after all the indulgences of the festive period! ...

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End of year reflections
  • 1st Jan 2018

End of year reflections

As we come in to the first days of 2018, whether you continued to play and train over Christmas or whether you took some time out to rest and recuperate, hopefully you're refreshed and motivated ready for the new year!...

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Winter break training
  • 20th Dec 2017

Winter break training

‘Summer Training' is a fixture on the calendar of athletes from many sports, where players of all levels set aside the summer months to really work hard on their training - primarily the physical side. But what about 'Winter Training?'...

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Working with junior athletes - Managing expectations
  • 13th Dec 2017

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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Squash tactics: Learn how to read the game
  • 17th Nov 2017

Squash tactics: Learn how to read the game

If you're looking to improve your tactical awareness and anticipation on the squash court, this is the blog for you!...

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Is caffeine an effective performance enhancer for the squash player?
  • 16th Nov 2017

Is caffeine an effective performance enhancer for the squash player?

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....

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My SquashSkills experience - David Taylor
  • 14th Nov 2017

My SquashSkills experience - David Taylor

#4 "The nuances to proper stroke, court positioning and other technique as well as game play tactics that come from the content SquashSkills provides is invaluable"...

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A beginner's guide to squash: 12 top tips
  • 10th Nov 2017

A beginner's guide to squash: 12 top tips

New to the game of squash? Want to learn the basics? From the grip to which ball to use, read our crucial squash tips that every beginner player needs to know....

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My SquashSkills experience - Garry Irwin
  • 2nd Nov 2017

My SquashSkills experience - Garry Irwin

#3 "I'm having the most successful Pennant season in a long while and have also been very successful in the past two Australian Championships at my level"...

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Are ankle weights beneficial for the squash player?
  • 26th Oct 2017

Are ankle weights beneficial for the squash player?

We explore the theory that using ankle weights in squash, while ghosting and during movement drills, will make them more challenging, translating into faster, stronger movement......

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My SquashSkills experience - Manuel Martin
  • 20th Oct 2017

My SquashSkills experience - Manuel Martin

#2. 'SquashSkills delivers quality and relevant content at a great value to help us improve our game'...

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3 things you can do to become a better squash player
  • 18th Oct 2017

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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Don't skip skipping!
  • 16th Oct 2017

Don't skip skipping!

There's a huge range of different fitness tools and devices available now, of a wildly varying degree of use and effectiveness. For squash players though, don't overlook the humble skipping rope!...

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My SquashSkills experience - John Batty
  • 12th Oct 2017

My SquashSkills experience - John Batty

#1 Our new feature over the coming weeks will be reviews from active members of the site! If you'd like to be featured, just get in touch....

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3 top training tips to improve your movement for squash
  • 9th Oct 2017

3 top training tips to improve your movement for squash

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

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How to make sure you have a PERFECT squash season!
  • 28th Sep 2017

How to make sure you have a PERFECT squash season!

To get you prepared for the upcoming squash season, we've put together a guide to help you have the PERFECT season!...

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Your 5-point squash pre-season checklist!
  • 27th Sep 2017

Your 5-point squash pre-season checklist!

With Autumn creeping in and club box competitions and county league team squash kicking back into gear, check out our 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!...

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Energy Gels for Squash
  • 26th Sep 2017

Energy Gels for Squash

Energy gel carbohydrate supplements are becoming increasingly popular and widespread in sport. How useful are they for the squash player though?...

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3 tips to help you stick to a training programme
  • 19th Sep 2017

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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A squash player's guide to tennis elbow
  • 14th Sep 2017

A squash player's guide to tennis elbow

If you've got a sore or painful elbow after playing squash, you might be suffering from tennis elbow - a commonly reported injury in racket sports....

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It's never too late to be a beginner...
  • 12th Sep 2017

It's never too late to be a beginner...

Read this great experiential piece by squash player and SquashSkills member, Henry Huston....

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My experience with SquashSkills: Andy Stevenson
  • 11th Sep 2017

My experience with SquashSkills: Andy Stevenson

Thoughts of squash player and SquashSkills member Andy Stevenson....

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Getting the knack of the knock up for squash!
  • 7th Sep 2017

Getting the knack of the knock up for squash!

Whatever standard or level of competition you play at, the game of squash always begins with a knock-up – 5mins of hitting the ball back n forth with your opponent, 2½mins on each side....

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Sleep disturbance after squash?
  • 17th Aug 2017

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 impact of injury
  • 14th Aug 2017

The impact of injury

Anybody that plays any kind of sport on a regular basis, will at some point very likely have to deal with the issue of injury. Particularly in a sport as physically demanding and dynamic as squash, sudden trauma injuries such as strained muscles....

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A squash players guide to shin splints
  • 2nd Aug 2017

A squash players guide to shin splints

Are you a squash player experiencing pain in your shin? The highly physical nature of such a dynamic sport as squash, means lower body injuries are unfortunately commonplace....

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Sweat on the squash court!
  • 1st Aug 2017

Sweat on the squash court!

Water is an incredibly important element for the function of the body, so losing too much fluid during a game/training session can seriously affect performance and subsequent recovery....

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The 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player
  • 27th Jul 2017

The 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player

To play squash competitively at any level requires a range of different skills and abilities. To really excel though, it’s necessary to garner a deeper understanding of the major elements that blend together to make-up the sport....

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Unstable surface training for squash players
  • 20th Jul 2017

Unstable surface training for squash players

In any large scale commercial gym you're more or less guaranteed these days to see a number of various inflatable balls, foam blocks, wobble boards and other ‘unstable surface' items of training equipment....

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Training for gain, not just pain!
  • 5th Jul 2017

Training for gain, not just pain!

Pain/soreness/tiredness is NOT the best indicator of the quality of a workout – as you strive to progress your athleticism and all the component aspects of ‘fitness', it is best to learn to train smarter, not just harder...

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USA's 1st Community squash club: PCS' story
  • 8th Jun 2017

USA's 1st Community squash club: PCS' story

If you're a squash player or squash coach in the United States, you probably play in a private club, a college or prep school, a fitness facility or on a converted racquetball court....

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When training hots up: Squash performance in the heat
  • 5th Jun 2017

When training hots up: Squash performance in the heat

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 performance becomes an important one...

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What is the best 'performance enhancer' for squash?
  • 30th May 2017

What is the best 'performance enhancer' for squash?

Whatever level you play at, the idea that there might be some 'extra edge' available is a pervasive one, and there are a wide variety of tools, devices, and supplements that people use to attempt to improve athletic performance......

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Fitness for squash: Fartlek training
  • 26th May 2017

Fitness for squash: Fartlek training

Looking for a fresh, fun, squash-specific physical session to add to your training? Try some fartlek interval sessions, and reap the benefits of this simple, effective, and highly flexible training method....

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Refuelling after squash: What you need to know!
  • 18th May 2017

Refuelling after squash: What you need to know!

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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The benefits of bananas for squash players
  • 10th May 2017

The benefits of bananas for squash players

You often see bananas being eaten courtside by pros during tennis and squash matches, but what benefits do athletes actually get out of eating them?...

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What’s the best squash racket? | A guide to the perfect match
  • 9th May 2017

What’s the best squash racket? | A guide to the perfect match

What’s the best squash racket? Here are six key characteristics including weight, strings, throat shape, beam and grip....

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Types of stretching & flexibility training for squash
  • 28th Apr 2017

Types of stretching & flexibility training for squash

For a lot of people, ‘stretching' or ‘flexibility' brings to mind what is more properly known as ‘static' stretching. There are however a number of different types of stretching and flexibility exercises...

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Bermuda legends of squash - part 1
  • 21st Apr 2017

Bermuda legends of squash - part 1

Peter's experiential piece on The Bermuda Legends of Squash event 2017. Taking place April 18-21 at the BSRA featuring 7 former World Champions in 4 days of explosive exhibition squash!...

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Plyometrics for the squash player
  • 20th Apr 2017

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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Flexibility for squash - part 2
  • 13th Apr 2017

Flexibility for squash - part 2

In this 2 part article we’ll take a look at the truth behind the generally accepted wisdom of the benefits of flexibility training, and how it all relates back to the squash player. In part 2 we look at flexibility as part of a wider training programme...

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The image of successful squash!
  • 12th Apr 2017

The image of successful squash!

In matches with very closely matched participants, any small advantage gained can potentially provide that crucial edge that is the difference between winning and losing. One of the most popular and oft-utilised sport psychology techniques is Imagery...

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Flexibility for squash - part 1
  • 6th Apr 2017

Flexibility for squash - part 1

In this 2 part article we’ll take a look at the truth behind the generally accepted wisdom of the benefits of flexibility training, and how it all relates back to the squash player. In part 1 we look at flexibility mainly in respect to the warm-up...

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Coaching: Developing young athletes
  • 5th Apr 2017

Coaching: Developing young athletes

We're fortunate to have a tremendously diverse membership here on Squashskills, and included in that are a large number of coaches from all across the globe. We're often asked to feature more content specific to coaches looking for help with their sk......

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Early stage specialisation for junior athletes
  • 29th Mar 2017

Early stage specialisation for junior athletes

For those that coach juniors, or have children of their own that are keen squash players, the question often comes up of ‘How soon should my child specialise in just the one sport'? It's a difficult one, with lots of factors to consider, and it can......

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Compression garments for squash players
  • 23rd Mar 2017

Compression garments for squash players

There are always an interesting variety of ‘performance enhancement’ tools, supplements, and interventions being utilised/promoted by top level athletes, some with more scientific plausibility behind them than others......

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The best squash-specific exercise you've never heard of!
  • 23rd Mar 2017

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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Watch & Learn
  • 16th Mar 2017

Watch & Learn

Watching some of the fabulous live matches at the fantastic Canary Wharf Classic tournament recently, it was great to see a full house of squash-enthusiasts there every night, and particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters there taking in the action....

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Playing like you practice
  • 10th Mar 2017

Playing like you practice

A problem sports psychologists often hear reported by sportspeople of all levels, is an inability to replicate their training performance in a more competitive environment....

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