Category: Fitness

My SquashSkills Training Club Experience – Teresa Conza

3rd July 2020
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What started out as an impulsive “why not join the Training Club?” (after all, a weekend of SquashSkills training camp improved my game) has evolved into many reasons why I should continue.  Little did I suspect how transformative this experience would be.

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400m Repeats for Squash Players + SquashSkills Strava Community

2nd July 2020
400m

Competitive squash requires a comprehensive blend of all of the body’s different energy-producing pathways, due to the high pace, prolonged rallies, and short recovery periods inherent to the game. Using set-distance interval running sessions is a great way to help develop the necessary fitness base needed for success on the court, and 400m repeats are one of the very best of these kinds of high intensity workouts.

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My SquashSkills Training Club Experience – Scott Richardson

18th June 2020
training club

If I’m brutally honest about myself I’d have to admit I’ve spent years talking a good game on how I’m going to get much fitter, I’m going to improve the technical side of my game, solo practice more and eventually be one of the better players in my Squash Club. I have made improvements over the years, I am fitter, I’ve won my first team matches and I was regularly practising on court alone or with a partner. However, I’ve lacked motivation from time to time and I’ve now gone onto realise I’ve kept myself training at a “comfort level”, doing what I know and probably just about maintaining my current fitness at the time.

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Circuit of the month: June

11th June 2020
circuit

In our SquashSkills ‘Circuit of the Month’ series we bring you a brand new squash-specific conditioning session every 4 weeks, to help freshen up your physical training and give you some ideas for new exercises and training methods.

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

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5K for Squash Players + SquashSkills Strava Community

4th June 2020
5K

There are a lot of good ways to improve your squash-specific fitness, with most players typically working a blend of circuits, gym sessions, ghosting, and court sprints. Perhaps the most straightforward and enduring form of fitness training however, is simply getting outside and going for a run. Just getting out and jogging occasionally is enough for many, but for those who approach their running training with a little more focus and enthusiasm, one of the most common distance formats is the 5K.

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Fitness Training at Home

21st May 2020
home training

While it can seem difficult to know where to start when trying to keep up with your physical conditioning while deprived access to your local squash club or gym, there are still a number of training methods and workouts you can utilise to keep on top of your fitness while away from the court.

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Put it into practice: Ball skill development from home

28th April 2020
ball skill

This brand new playlist sees SquashSkills own Jesse Engelbrecht back with another instalment of his ever-entertaining ball skill development at-home exercises!

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Ghosting at Home: 3 Top Tips To Help Get You Started

23rd April 2020
ghosting at home

Training in the current climate of quarantine and lockdown is extremely difficult. Various bodyweight focused exercises can still be utilised, and restricted space can be adapted to some degree, but getting in any truly squash-specific work is a challenge for many. With a bit of creativity and forethought however, it’s still possible to tailor even very limited training space into an area suitable to provide a taste of the ghosting exercise you’ve no doubt been missing!

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Circuit of the month: April

9th April 2020
circuit

In our SquashSkills ‘Circuit of the Month’ series we serve up a brand new squash-specific conditioning session every 4 weeks, to help freshen up your physical training and give you some ideas for new exercises and training methods.

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

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Put it into practice: Exercising at home effectively

6th April 2020
home workout

For this week’s brand new playlist we have SquashSkills Fitness & Performance Director Gary Nisbet taking over, with a very timely series of videos taking a look at ways you can adapt your squash-specific fitness work, to be able to still train hard even if confined to your home.

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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.

We hope you enjoy…

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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

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
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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.

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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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