Squash training tips for the B player by Paul Lord
Sabre Managing Director
and nationally ranked player in England
The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to improve at
to keep your training specific for squash.
1. Make sure you train how you want to play. Control of the 'T' is
paramount. So devise training routines which encourage you to volley
play squash from the middle of the court.
2. Always move back to the 'T' after every shot in your practises. If
are doing drive and boast, for example, make sure that you try to
the 'T' after every shot. This not only will improve your fitness for
squash, but more importantly simulates what happens in a game more.
3. Always practise harder than any match so when you come to a match
pace feels slow.
4. Its all about quality not quantity. I played my best squash when I
spent less time on court but high quality. Listen to your body it will
you when you have done enough. The quality will begin to drop and so
5. Don't be afraid to rest. Its all about stressing your body and
it enough time to recover stronger and then going again. I like to
hard 2 days, then have a day off, train hard 3 days and then have a day
But sometimes your body may tell you that you are tired so have an
rest day to recover.
6. Always have targets on the court to try and hit so it concentrates
mind otherwise there is no quality.
These are a few pointers. Remember quality not quantity. Listen to
body. If it's tired don't be afraid to rest. Train how you want to
Train specific! Ghosting is better than running because you are
your squash muscles. Once I was really fit at running one summer but
came to my tournaments I felt really unfit because running is a totally
different fitness to squash.
Obviously some people are blessed with more natural
than others. Everybodies main goal should be to maximise their
The only way to do that is through hard work channelled with correct
practise and training.
All the pros have got to where they have though hard work. Many
people have said to me that such and such a body doesn't train at all.
used to think that they were more talented because other people would
really hard and lose to them. But when people say they don't train
mean that they don't do anything else other than play squash but at the
of the day the best form of training is playing squash so they are
hard and well.
Good luck but make sure that you train hard and with thought behind
don't be afraid to rest when you feel tired.
Hope this has helped you.