The summer months are for a squash player the off season, and that means one thing, summer training. It is the a period usually between may and july whereby players dont have many tournaments on the schedule and so take to the gym, track, and court to put in the hard hours of work. Whether it be strength and conditioning, aerobic workouts, or technical racket work on the court, the summer months are the time to put in the hard work ready for the start of the season.
For me the main issue I would be working on would be the strength and conditioning, adding more power to the legs in order to be more proficient under lunging. My tournaments finished midway through June, and after finishing college at the end of June, I would be ready to put a hard 6 weeks of work in throughout July and August. Fortunately for me, I was invited to train with the England senior team on their training squads throughout July. Squads have taken place each week in either Manchester or London, and last 2-3 days. These squads comprise the best squash players in the world with the England senior team having both the World’s number 1 and 2 ranked player, world champion, and a further 4 players ranked inside the world’s top 20.
There would be no better an environment to train in over the summer than with these guys, and the amount of knowledge, professionalism, and determination I have been able to absorb over the past 3 weeks has been incredible. Add to this the number of world class coaches, physios, and analyst’s, and this makes for a training ground of the utmost quality.
Being able to step on court with the world’s best players has been an experience that will no doubt benefit me as I look to make a strong start to the new season, with my first competition taking place in Toronto, Canada, mid-way through august. Watch this space!