Category: Fitness

Origins Part 2 – The Barringtons give their views on court sprints

27th March 2020
court sprints

Check out this clip from the Origins series that sees Joey and Jonah discuss the merits of court sprints and how you can effectively balance solo practice and physical exercise.

This 30-minute interview has been very well received and offers some light relief during these particularly difficult times.

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5 of the Best Recovery Tools for Squash

19th March 2020

Squash is a game that can be very tough on the body. While many squash players swear by the benefits of a good sports massage, sometimes schedule and cost will limit access to this kind of soft-tissue therapeutic intervention. The option then to be able to use an implement to do this yourself in the comfort of your own home, is an enticing one.

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Circuit of the month: February

5th February 2020

In our SquashSkills ‘Circuit of the Month’ series we give you a brand new squash-specific conditioning session to try each month, to help freshen up your physical training.

Circuits are a fantastic method of training for the squash player, perfect to use to optimise time and get maximum impact from your workouts.

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Top 5 Court Sprint Workouts!

11th December 2019
court sprints

Love them or hate them (and it’s probably more likely to be the latter!), court sprints are a familiar part of squash training for players of any and all levels. While some debate may surround exactly how beneficial they are in comparison to other lower impact training modalities, there’s no escaping the fact that they provide a simple, straightforward, and effective session to boost your squash-specific conditioning.

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3 Top Tips for Super-Charging Your Squash-Specific Speed!

29th August 2019

Speed is a huge asset in almost all sports, but especially so in a game like squash that relies so heavily on repeated movements to and from the ball, in both defence and attack.

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11 Points on Fitness Q&A: Tom Richards

28th August 2019
tom richards

We have a brand new edition of our popular ’11 Points on Fitness’ Q&A, this time featuring English international and world number 24, Tom Richards.

Tom had a very good start to the 2019/20 season in the China Open, overcoming Egyptian world junior champion Mostafa Asal with an excellent 3/0 victory, before falling to a very narrow 3/2 loss against world no. 1 Ali Farag in the quarter-finals.

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Laying a Strong Foundation

24th July 2019
laying a strong foundation

When most amateur players talk about ‘getting fitter’ for their squash, what they usually mean is that they want to increase their endurance – their ability to be able to maintain a higher work output for a longer period.

‘Fitness’ in relation to squash can refer to a whole range of different things however, and maximising your all-around physical conditioning requires an awareness of all these different elements – speed, power, mobility etc. Optimal physical performance on court requires more than just adding in some aerobic work in an attempt to boost your stamina – and getting stronger is a key part of this.

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11 Points on Fitness Q&A: Mazen Hesham

22nd May 2019

We have a brand new edition of our popular ’11 Points on Fitness’ Q&A, this time featuring Egyptian star Mazen Hesham.

Mazen has been on a long road back from injury after first bursting onto the scene several years ago, but a big win over Diego Elias at this week’s British Open is a sign that he’s almost back to his best.

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The 3 lunge exercises you need to include in your training programme!

20th March 2019
lunge exercises

The lunge action is one of the very fundamentals that squash is built around. The ability to rapidly move into and hold a strong stable lunge position is crucial to giving yourself the optimal base for maximising control of your shots.

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Put it into practice: Train like Paul Coll

26th February 2019
paul coll training

New Zealand’s Paul Coll is our featured player this week, and we’ve had a fantastic response to our exclusive documentary ‘More Than a Machine’ that examines the background and training regime of the Kiwi star.

The purpose of this blog is to give you some suggestions of elements you can incorporate into your training, to help allow you to put into practice some of Paul’s conditioning-related insights.

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Circuit training for squash

13th December 2017
circuit training

It’s not always easy trying to fit in extra training time to work on your squash fitness. Any session you manage to add in then, you obviously want to ensure is as guaranteed effective and as efficient as possible. A great way to organise your physical workouts to optimise this effectiveness and efficiency is through the use of Circuits.

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Flexibility for squash – part 1

16th November 2017
Flexibility for squash

When most people think ‘Flexibility’, they think ‘Stretching’. The idea that making the muscles ‘longer and looser’ is an essential part of warming-up, cooling down, and enhancing performance for a sport such as squash is one of those ideas that is pretty entrenched in most players minds.

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Limited space training for squash players

27th September 2017
limited space training

Squash is a sport that requires a high level of physical conditioning to excel. Players serious about their squash spend a lot of time and effort on their training programmes, working hard to squeeze in all of their sessions each week. It can thus be frustrating when workouts have to be moved or missed when work/family/social commitments intrude, and confine time and space availability.

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Are ankle weights beneficial for the squash player?

5th June 2017

We get a ton of great feedback and questions sent in to us here at SquashSkills, many that well warrant a wider audience. In a new periodical feature on the blog, we’re going to be expanding on some of these discussions and making them into full articles.

This week’s then, sees us addressing a recent question that came in from a member about the use of ankle weights for the squash player:

“I was wondering if you have any advice on utilising ankle weights while playing/training? I have heard that some Egyptian players do this?”

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Fitness programme update – Get stronger

16th March 2017
squash fitness

We’ve got a great selection of training programmes now live on the site, with more being added periodically.

Whether you’re looking to focus on your speed, your endurance, or if you’re just looking for a general all-round physical boost, there’s a programme for you.

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The best squash-specific exercise you’ve never heard of!

28th February 2017
split squat

It can often be difficult to squeeze in much extra time for any additional squash-specific conditioning training beyond your usual on-court sessions, so it’s important that anything that you do add really maximises the time you have available. One of the exercises you’ll often see in many of our sessions and programmes here on the site that really fits the bill, is the rear foot elevated split squat – a favourite of many top sports performance specialists and athletic trainers such as Eric Cressey and Mike Boyle.

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Unstable surface training for squash players

3rd February 2017
unstable surface training

In pretty much any large scale commercial gym you might wander into, 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. But are they of any use for the squash player?

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Preparing for your summer squash training

20th January 2017

As with many sports, the arrival of Summer signals the end of the traditional squash season. While some players take a break or 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 shape, and to help ensure they can hit the ground running ready for the new season in the Autumn.

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