Free Strength E-Journal for Squash Coaches

April 15, 2009

“Don’t worry, you won’t start receiving spam if you sign up for this subscription”

The National Strength & Conditioning Association puts out three publications that target three different audiences:

  1. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, primarily for those exercise physiologists conducting research related to strength and associated abilities such as speed and power.  There is a lot of talk of enzymes and substrates.
  2. The Strength and Conditioning Journal,  mostly for Strength and Fitness Coaches working in sports (versus health club settings).  A little technical, put practical and understandable.
  3. The NSCA Performance Training Journal, very easy to read and a resource which would be perfectly tailored for squash coaches without sport science degrees – if they ever published articles on squash.

Having said that, squash coaches can lift some good ideas from programs from other sports.  Here is the most recent issue’s partial Table of Contents:  Read the rest of this entry »

“Core Performance” for Squash Coaches: Book Review

January 15, 2009

What am I doing reviewing a sport science related book that was published in 2004?

I just became aware of “Core Performance” by Mark Verstegen a couple of weeks ago. It turns out that many of the strength training exercises my physiotherapist has been prescribing for my total hip replacement rehabilitation (you can follow my hip rehab story starting here) have been drawn from Verstegen’s book – I started doing full squats and deep lunges on my operated leg at 5-6 weeks into my rehab.  April Garner, my PT who is also the assistant coach for the UCONN track team,  has been photocopying the exercises from the book so I decided to purchase a copy for myself – full price – but you can get a used copy from Amazon for a few dollars less.


It turns out that Verstegen (you can get a free trial membership at his fitness company’s site here) set up IMG’s Tennis (Bolletieri’s) and other fitness programs in the 1990’s:  Read the rest of this entry »

Do Squash Players Need Big Biceps?

July 21, 2008

This post is a comment on an article in the Times (UK that is) on Andy Murray’s new fitness training program. The topic was a hot one in London during Wimbledon as Murray had taken to flexing his biceps after early round wins until stopped by the man with the biggest biceps (Nadal) in the quarterfinals.

The article discusses Murray’s improved fitness, the role of his two strength and conditioning personnel, and several elements of his fitness program. I take issue with the appropriateness (principle of sport specificity) of several of these elements for a tennis player, and broach the topic as a warning to athletes who wholeheartedly embrace the trainers and programs of “celebrity” athletes. Read the rest of this entry »