Be creative on the beach this summer!
Summer has finally arrived and that means in between camps and training, holidays! The summer is the ideal period to take a break, but also to train hard and work on aspects that you may not always have the time for during the season. Summer holidays often means beaches for a lot of us, so why not take advantage of all that sand. It’s not just for lying on you know! Here’s why training during the summer and at the beach is great for you and how you make it fun and effective!
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Why is training in summer so important?
Getting stronger, improving your level of play, and being in top athletic condition is not something that just happens in a few weeks, it takes months and years of consistent hard work and effort. Summer allows many athletes to spend considerable more time on their sport, especially off-court where strengthening their physical condition in depth can and should be a priority. Take advantage of the extra time you have during summer to get ahead of the competition. And enjoy the hard work!
Make summer training fun and different
You probably spend the large majority of your in-season training on court. That’s great, but that also means you might be looking for ‘something different’ during summer. Does summer training mean you can’t break away for a small period from squash ? No, you can do as effective pre-season condition training in different settings. Be creative and use these refreshing settings to enjoy the hard condition work.
Let’s go to the beach!
Summer means for many of us beaches. And that’s great, because they are the ideal place to work on your fitness. Be creative and use the beach in a squash specific way to get stronger! Running on soft sand requires extra stability needed compared to a harder surface like on a road or track. The uneven surface of sand not only activates the muscles of your lower body, it also engages your upper body as you subconsciously – or sometimes consciously – struggle to maintain your balance. Your core abdominals, back and shoulders all get a workout as you move through the shifting terrain. Over time, this results in more strength and fluidity
Squash on the beach
Create your own squash court on the beach. Measure a 32x21ft surface and put some shoes or cones to depict the area. Start ghosting, do courts prints, or many other things… Over the next weeks we will share some squash specific drills on the beach which will make you 100% ready for the new season!
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