Squash players need a very high fitness level. Aerobic (endurance) fitness is very important for squash players for maintaining the playing intensity throughout long games, matches and tournaments. Other fitness components also important for squash are reaction time, anaerobic capacity (repeat sprint ability), power and flexibility. See our discussion of Fitness Components for Squash.
Regular training is required for all areas of fitness. An effective training program starts with a good plan. The training should be directed to achieve specific goals and be individualized to address the strengths and weaknesses of the player. In order to improve, the physical load needs to be increased over time as they player get fitter. By using cross training and by incorporating fitness into the training drills it will keep it interesting and maintain the motivation. Read more information about training for sports.
Fitness assessment can be used to determine the fitness level of squash players at the start of a training period, and to monitor changes in fitness in response to the training. Check out our suggested list of fitness tests for squash players.
- About Squash Fitness Testing
- Discussion of the Fitness Components for Squash
- Warm-up for Squash
- Fitness for Sports