resistance training

Resistance training: Compound v Isolation exercises

When putting together a resistance training or weights training programme to include in any fitness training regime, exercise selection is a crucial consideration.

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benefits of bananas

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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juniors

Getting the best out of juniors

One of the most difficult aspects of coaching is the mentality of junior players. Coaches must look for several fundamental factors in juniors, these include current and potential ability, physical ability and of course, attitude.

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core training

An introduction to core training

Core training done properly, is crucial for optimal functioning and injury prevention for the sportsperson. Particularly in a sport such as squash, with all the twisting, bending, and lunging going on, a strong core region is a very important part of the performance puzzle.

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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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david pearson

My experience – Working with David Pearson

David Pearson’s attention to detail and level of understanding of the mechanics of the swing and movement are so all-encompassing.

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sleep disturbance

Sleep disturbance after squash?

While sleep disturbance is not an issue that affects everyone there are certainly enough anecdotal reports to suggest that post-game disturbed sleep can be a real problem for some players.

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Test your squash specific strength!

With the launch of our new website we’ve seen a big change in all things fitness. A big part of our new squash fitness section is the incorporation of a tests, to help assess where your individual strengths and weaknesses lay.

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‘Choking’ – How to squeeze your way out of it

Choking – 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 itself.

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jogging

Does jogging have any benefits for squash players?

Many athletes aim to improve their fitness levels by taking up ‘jogging’. But does this kind of running really have any benefits for a squash player?

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stress

Lock away negative thoughts before you hit the court!

To get the most out of the game you want to be able to play stress-free and undistracted.

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rainbow nutrition

Healthy nutrition for the squash player – 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.

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squash-specific fitness

Test Yourself! 3 simple tests of squash-specific fitness

In this article we’re going to take a look at fitness assessments, and explore some simple ways you can test your fitness to see where you are with your squash-specific conditioning.

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wattbike

What bike? Wattbike!

Bike sprints have long been one of the most familiar elements of the dedicated squash player’s training. They are ideal for enhancing endurance for the sport.

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Sweating Blood: My Life In Squash – The Official Nick Matthew Autobiography

We are delighted to continue our close relationship with Nick Matthew. Here is an extract from Nick’s autobiography, which is available to pre order and will be released soon.

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hot court

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. This is of particular importance to squash players, where extreme heat on court is already a very familiar concern.

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ACL unjuries

Understanding ACL Injuries

Serious knee ligament injuries amongst squash players aren’t as common as in other sporting populations. However, it is possible to sustain some pretty significant knee ligament damage on a squash court and the consequences can be devastating.

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squash warm-up

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 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. But why?

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coaching theory

Utilising coaching theory to develop performance

Coaching is increasingly being treated as more of a science, with its own specific topics of research and study. This is of great benefit to anybody working in the coaching field.

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Utilising shot & ghost drills for squash-specific conditioning

Trying to simulate the demands of a tough rally and replicate overall the unique energy requirements of the game in your conditioning sessions, should be one of your key focuses. A great way to do this is to incorporate some shot & ghost patterns into your training.

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