I find it very interesting coming back to the start of each season of squash....I hear a lot of players complain that they are not fit when they come back. Our minds think when we take a break we should just stop everything, BUT this is actually a huge opportunity to make big jumps.
Your off season training is critical to shape the next season; reflecting on it now, the Off-season is when I took the time to really focus on certain things and hone in on some skills. It was a key time to work on my physical base and the technical issues I identified over the season since it is all fresh. Also, it's an awesome time to strategically watch other players play: identify weaknesses of theirs to use in your strategy next time. Lastly, I take the time to mentally keep working through my processes, without the stress of pennant or tournaments. When you are not playing competition, it is the easiest time to improve your swing.
After seeing so many players in Sydney taking 10 weeks totally off from squash, I feel that it is not doing their game any justice. Now, everyone needs a break. But I remember the maximum I took off was 3 weeks then I would get back into squash, and that is what I would recommend to other players out there. The upcoming holiday weeks are an excellent time for that break. This being said, those who continue to train hard and work on the areas they need to work on have a big opportunity to jump 15-20 matrix points in the first 5-7 rounds of competition, come next season.
If you require any training during the off-season, please feel free to contact any of our coaches, available at both of our locations (Bondi Waverley Squash Club & Willoughby Squash Club). Private lessons, fitness session, squads, and other fun events will continue during the off-season!