Training Room

Yoga & Squash

By Peter Nicol I tend to have a short attention span when it comes to my physical conditioning—focusing day-to-day and/or week-by-week with my preparation and recovery. I was not always this way; when I was a professional my regime was long-term, unwavering, and there was always plenty of time allocated to training. However, since I now spend my time focused […]

Deceleration—The Art of Slowing Down, Part 3

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In this final article on deceleration we will look at a series of exercises that can be integrated into your training to improve your ability to control speed and movement on the squash court. Drop Squat Start standing with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Drop […]

Deceleration – The Art of Slowing Down, Part 2

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Following on from last month, let’s consider some training concepts designed to help improve a player’s ability to decelerate and control speed more effectively on the squash court. A focus on deceleration and movement control can and should be integrated into two on-court training activities that most players and […]

Strength Training and the Young Athlete—Part III

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Following on from last month’s issue let us look at a series of strength exercises that would provide a good starting point for any young squash player’s first introduction to strength training. I have chosen exercises that help develop a strong foundation in technique, and en- courage […]

Strength Training and the Young Athlete – Part II

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Continuing on from last issue’s theme of strength training and the young athlete, let’s consider common questions including: what age to start; how much should they do and what structure should be followed; what exercises to include, etc? What age to start? Although there is essentially no […]

Protein and Energy Bars

By Candace Chemtob, B.S. and M.S. in Human Nutrition The original energy bar was created for astronauts in the 1960s. Eating in space at zero gravity pro- vided a challenge to the early space program. With the help of food scientists at NASA and the Pills- bury Company, “Space Food Sticks” were invented and promoted […]

Strength Training for Juniors

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist A topic raising regular concerns and uncertainties for parents of young athletes is weight training. I am often approached by parents with questions or statements along the lines of: ‘I think my child needs to get stronger but have heard that strength training can be dangerous’; ‘Other […]

Off-Season Training: The Key to Improvement

By Jessica Winstanley, Director of Fitness If you are reading this in the Northern Hemisphere and are not already following an off-season training program, I urge you to read on. The summer period, when league and match play slows down, is just as, if not more, important than your squash season when it comes to […]

Getting to ONE

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist &Conditioning Specialist In this edition I wanted to share with the readers an article that was written for the Tournament of Champions event brochure in January this year following an interview I had with Beth Rasin—the associate tournament director. The article was simply titled “Getting to ONE”: What does it […]