spinning

Spinning for squash

Few exercise classes offer any real specificity for the squash player but one class that does potentially hold value for the squash player is Spinning.

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common cold

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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sore muscles

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

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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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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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adrian grant

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.

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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.

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pre-performance

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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young

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.

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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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junior

Early stage specialisation for junior athletes

If a player is to maximise their potential, there has to come some point where the junior starts to train more specifically in that sporting area.

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choc

Got (Choc) Milk?

Got (choc) milk? If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and enjoyable post-session pick-me-up, chocolate milk is a great option.

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