Being mentally tough for squash

While the need to be physically tough to succeed is clearly apparent to anyone, the equally important need for mental toughness is often overlooked.


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 that can be prevented by using the correct court shoes.


How to choose a squash racket –

How to choose a squash racket – We advise customers every day on purchasing a squash racket. Here are some of the key factors to take into consideration:

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Yoga for Squash: How to gain the competitive edge

Yoga for squash – If you haven’t yet tried Yoga or haven’t yet found the right class, I can confidently say that you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.


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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Winning ugly

I would recommend to pick up ‘Winning Ugly’ – one of the best books out there on implementing simple, effective mental strategies into your game.


Spinning for squash

One class that potentially holds value for the squash player is Spinning.

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Combating the common cold

For those of us in the northern hemisphere the dropping temperatures and shorter days marks the incoming heart of Winter, and for those so predisposed it’s unfortunately also the peak of what is often termed as ‘cold season’.

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Fitness Tip of the Week: Sore Muscles?

Check out this article from Jess Winstanley about some of her personal favourites that she suggests for squash players with sore muscles


Take it slow…

This week’s blog is prompted by a session I ran recently, introducing a couple of good standard u17 junior players to a new speed/agility drill they hadn’t done before. It was quite a technical drill, where we were really looking to emphasise focus on the split step, elasticity, and efficiency of movement.

What really struck me, was how difficult it was for the players to actually go through it slowly. Every repetition was being done at high pace; even after they’d been told to slow it right down to get a proper feel of the movement before increasing the pace up to the full working sets.

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Understand the difference that tin size makes

It is really important to understand the difference the lower 17” tin makes in the men’s professional game and therefore the types of boast that can be played from various areas.


The image of successful squash!

Any small advantage gained can potentially provide that crucial edge that is the difference between winning and losing. One technique is Imagery.

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11 Points on Fitness Q&A: Adrian Grant

Adrian has recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he and Nick Matthew teamed up to win silver medals in the men’s doubles, narrowly missing out on adding a second gold to the one’s they won in Delhi in 2010. Adrian has also been a key member of several of England’s European and World Championship winning teams, while reaching a career high no. 9 in the PSA rankings and claiming a number of the tour’s most prestigious titles.


Training for gain, not just pain!

Depending on the actual goals of the session, the make-up of a training drill intended to improve an aspect of our physical conditioning can take many different forms. Our goal with every session has to be clearly realised however, and our aim should always be GAIN and not just PAIN.


Pre-Performance routines

‘Pre-Performance Routine’ – a set routine of preparation that you go through in readiness for any competitive match that you play.

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Coaching: Developing young athletes

Everyone’s approach to working with and developing young athletes is different, and there are numerous different views and methods as to the ‘right’ way to do it.


Do you need a New Year detox?

Does a ‘detox’ actually do what it claims to do, is there any physiological foundation to it, and will it help boost your on-court performance?

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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 often be tough to give a categorical answer.

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Got (Choc) Milk?

After a tough training session or match, our bodies are often left in a state of depletion – replenishing certain nutrients in this post-exercise period can be crucial in optimising our recovery.