With the weather improving it's time to get off the couch and get active, maybe you've thought about paying squash but don't know much about it, or wondered how you might get started.
Lets take a look at the benefits of squash and also how to get started this summer.
We've had our resident personal trainer Nathan elaborate on the health benefits associated with squash.
Squash is an incredibly dynamic game involving lots of sprinting, lunging, stopping and fast direction changes. These are all great for fitness in general, but they transfer incredibly well into other sports also. Anyone who plays a field based sport such as AFL or soccer is going to benefit immensely from the agility gained from playing Squash. For this reason alone it should be a sport that is on all athletes off season training schedule.
Compared to other sports Squash has been shown to on average be incredibly good at burning calories. On average, an hour of squash for a person weighing 80kg will burn close to 1000 calories. This is a lot to burn for just an hour of sport!
Concentration and Alertness
Squash is a great game for visual and mental concentration. The ball is small and often moving very fast and as a player you need to be able to track where the ball is going to be and where your opponent is on the court and then plan your shot.
Squash is a game that is played in bursts of speed, usually at maximal effort. It is a game that will keep you heart rate up for the entirety of the game, this will make your heart stronger as it is forced to pump more blood around your body.
Strength and Fitness
Squash is a full body exercise. It helps to build leg power as well as core and upper body strength. The explosive nature of the game makes it a great leg workout, helping to tone and strengthen your legs. For people who spend a lot of time sitting down during the day, Squash is also an excellent sport for ‘waking up’ your Glutes. Your glutes are an incredibly important core muscle that provide support for your whole torso. Many lower back problems can be alleviated by getting your glutes firing, and Squash is a great sport to do this. Anyone with hamstring problems will also benefit from having your glutes work harder also.
Lets take a look at how you can fit squash into your already busy life.
Mixed Summer Comp
Played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights over Summer, you don't need to bring a whole team, just sign up and we do the rest.
7pm on your selected night/s
Juniors Training & Competition
We run weekly juniors training sessions followed by a friendly round robin where players are always matched for good games.
Juniors competitions run in line with each school term.
Challenge a mate to a casual game of squash, bring a 3rd person for a winner stays on friendly competition. You'll want to book to avoid disappointment.
From 3pm to 7pm
Monday to Thursday
More details here
We hold Friday night social squash regularly, the best way to stay up to date is on our Facebook page, these nights are a come one come all, where we enjoy a post game drink as much as we enjoy the squash (oh yeah, we are fully licensed)