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Sep 9 2019 8:05AM
As I prepare to head back to Turks and Caicos this weekend I thought an update on all things Serious Squash was long overdue. I've been back in Canada for 6 weeks and a lot has transpired. Let me walk you through it.
Squash ShotsI've finally got a logo and intro video produced for Squash Shots. Here they are:
If you'd like to check out what Squash Shots is all about you can do so at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash
You can register for as little as $3/month and you will receive an exclusive coaching video every Monday. You can also opt out at anytime.
Serious Squash Custom Racquet
I finally received my Custom Serious Squash Racquets from Harrow! I've been selling them in person and also online at SeriousSquashShop.com. Here's a pic
2019 Turks and Caicos Squash Open
I've got a lot organized for the upcoming Turks and Caicos event (see below for tournament poster). It's limited to just 32 players as we only have 2 courts. It's running from October 24 - 26. There are only 13 spots left as I write this. If you'd like to register you can do so in the Serious Squash Shop. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about local resort discounts. All participants will also receive a pair of Serious Squash/Turks and Caicos flip-flops (see below). If you are unable to participate you can purchase a pair of these beauties in the Serious Squash Shop.
A lot of people are always asking what products I use for squash and training so I've decided to create an Amazon Influencer page. This page I've titled as 'Everything Squash' and only includes products that I currently or have previously used and recommend. You can check out the page at https://www.amazon.ca/shop/serioussquash
I'm also running an Airbnb in Turks and Caicos. If you want to take a squash holiday in Turks and Caicos this season consider staying at my place. Here's the Airbnb link https://abnb.me/DPxThVTgPZ?fbclid=IwAR0t4avctNA2MPziO-WlHA7j17Q3yPfhcO1CCAkPA5yo3-8x5dIcx_AJCJ8
You can see it has been a pretty busy summer! Back to the island this weekend. Be sure to follow Serious Squash on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for the most regular updates!
Aug 8 2019 1:45PM
Have you ever wanted to travel to a beautiful island for some world class squash coaching? Now you can come train with me at the Graceway Sports Centre in Turks and Caicos on Providenciales. Graceway has 2 squash courts, a basketball court, tennis courts, a full gym, a crossfit style area and loads of various group exercise classes.
I know Turks and Caicos is expensive. The prices are in USD and the resorts are beautiful, but expensive. If your budget is tight I may be able to help. I'm currently renting a house not far from the club, which I am also subletting on Airbnb as I have somewhere else to stay when the entire house is rented out. I am also open to renting out a room or 2 to friends, families or those wanting to come down and train with me for a specified period of time.
The house is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths right on the canal. Renting out 1 room is $150/night or $900/week. If you want to stay in a small group I could rent out the 2 rooms for $200/night or $1,200/week or of course you are welcome to rent out the entire house! This is much more affordable than hotels and resorts on the island, plus you get to pick my brains about your squash game at your leisure!
Here's the link to the house if you'd like to see more information or make a reservation: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/37522746?s=67&shared_item_type=1&virality_entry_point=1&sharer_id=17132121
Here are my coaching rates (member rates listed which is $65 for a 1 month membership):
45 Minute Adult Private Lesson - $60 or 10 for $540.
45 Minute Junior Private Lesson - $50 or 10 for $450.
* please note that if you don't join the club the lessons costs are a bit higher and you would have to pay a $15 drop in fee per day.
I'd be happy to build a custom squash training package if you'd like to have longer daily training sessions.
Don't forget the 2019 Turks and Caicos Squash Open is fast approaching. It's from October 24th-26th and is also going to have a fundraiser for our national junior team. Entries are limited to 32 players and so far we are almost half full.
You can register at https://serioussquashshop.com/collections/turks-and-caicos-tournament-entry-fee
Have a fun and productive holiday on one of the most beautiful islands in the world!
Chris Hanebury - info@SeriousSquash.com
Jul 30 2019 6:21AM
Save the date! October 24th - 26th will be the first ever Turks and Caicos Open! Since we only have 2 courts the event will be limited to 32 participants. There will be a mens, ladies as well as a junior division. Of course Serious Squash will be a sponsor along with the local brewery, Turks Head, Harrow and Graceway IGA.
During the tournament there will plenty of drinks and food provided as well as some fun, unique prizes. Participants are guaranteed 3 matches. Matches on Thursday and Friday will start around 4pm and Saturday we will finish with a local bbq or dinner party.
During the event we will also be doing a raffle and/or a silent auction to raise money for our National Junior Squash Team! I am planning to take our team to the 2020 Caribbean Junior Squash Championships. If you have an item you'd like to donate for this please reach out to me.
Registration opens August 15th. Email me at email@example.com to register. I will need your full name, division, email address and payment via e-transfer or PayPal.
It's been a busy summer for Serious Squash! Have you heard about the new Serious Squash Signature Frame? That's right! Serious Squash now has it's own squash racquet! It's a Harrow Vapor model and it rocks a retro music theme. It's now in stock and available to order at SeriousSquashShop.com
Squash Shots episode 11 was posted yesterday. If you'd like to subscribe or read more about what Squash Shots is you can do so at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash
Good luck to all the Canadians participating in the World Juniors in Malaysia!
Jul 26 2019 7:21AM
The long anticipated Serious Squash Signature Racquet is now here! It's a retro music themed style frame on the ever popular Harrow Vapor. This is one of the most popular frames by Harrow of all time, but none are so uniquely decorated. It's 140 grams and the Harrow racquets have a unique and comfortable rectangle shaped grip. Here are some pics of the new Serious Squash Signature Frame!
(guitar not included)
Like what you see? You can order one at SeriousSquashShop.com and if you're a member of Squash Shots you can get one for 10% off!
Jun 24 2019 10:17AM
Off court summer training has changed a lot over the years. When I was young a lot of people didn't even play over the summer, but eventually the competitive nature to get ahead in the game led to the need to train pretty much year round.
I always enjoyed having more time to focus on training off court during this time of year. Over a 3 month window you can make a significant impact in a specific area of your training. A lot of people think they need to be fitter so they take up running or cycling. If that is an area that is holding you back that makes sense. But I believe that strength training for most squash players is what we should be focusing on.
Professional squash players are more stronger and better overall athletes than they used to be. They aren't built like marathon runners anymore as the game is far more explosive. I know when I was younger I could do all the endurance training I wanted, but I should have done more to get on the ball faster and in a more stable position. As you get stronger you can also improve the pace you can generate and the distance you can stay away from the ball which makes the court play smaller. Additionally strength training can help you avoid injuries. So much of what should you do?
In season I recommend 2 strength sessions per week. Obviously they may not be as encompassing as off season sessions, but it's important that athletes are not only maintaining their strength gains over the summer, but that they are increasing it during the season. A week with a competition I would probably only have 1 session early in the week. During the summer I'd like to see 3-4 strength sessions per week. Of course this depends what else you're doing and how hard you're pushing yourself.
So what type of strength training is not good for squash players? Well you don't want to be too big like a body builder obviously. You need to maintain proper mobility without adding too much mass to carry around on the court. So when you are doing reps you would want to do 5-15 reps of most exercises. Those wanting to get a lot bigger you are looking at higher weight and lower reps. I also personally enjoy doing exercises that use a multitude of joints, so it's more geared towards core and overall body strength gains. Bicep curls are really not going to help your squash game and that's what I see most men doing in the gym.
I remember being told when I was younger that if I didn't have a lot of time at the gym and I could only do 3 exercise I should do benchpress, deadlifts and squats. I believe this is still good wisdom. Obviously you can add in some other exercises too. Over the past couple of years I've done a lot of work with kettlebells. Swings, getups, carries, deadlifts, squats, split squats, etc can all be done with kettlebells.
My trainer back in Canada gave me some tips when I was moving away and said to always try and include the following types of exercises: hinge exercises (like a squat or deadlift), explosiveness (which is something that cannot be done slowly), push/pull exercises and carries. The goal is to include at least one of each of those in each of my sessions. My trainer also said I should be focused mostly on the posterior chain, so doing deadlifts and swings. He said most people focus too much on squats and improving quadriceps strength and omit the hamstrings. So this summer I've been doing 2 posterior sessions per week and 1 squat session. You can obviously do squats and deadlifts in the same session if you like too. Basically all of these exercises are also keeping your core engaged and will vastly improve your core strength.
So during the summer you could do strength sessions every second day and between those you could be on court or doing some cardio. If you're pushing yourself hard in your strength sessions you are likely getting some cardio from this too. I always tried to keep on court at least once per week in the summer, possibly twice. It was always a good time to solo hit as well because you can do this later after your strength workouts. It's also when the courts are generally quieter so it's easier to get an hour to solo hit.
Do you write out your summer training? Or do you have a weekly routine? I definitely think this is a good time to set some goals and to understand why you're doing what you're doing. Some of my best seasons were set up from a good base of summer training that included hill sprints once or twice per week and 2-3 strength sessions and 1-2 on court sessions. The trick is how to keep some of that training going once the season begins. The question will be if your gains are sufficient enough that you only to sustain them or if you still want to see more improvement. If you're only looking to sustain you can cut back to once per week when the season hits.
Last point is that I highly recommend working with a trainer or signing up for some strength group classes. Knowing how to do everything safely and correctly is very important. They can also push you harder than you can normally push yourself. If you're serious about your training this is a good investment. I know they are more expensive than squash coaches, but it's a critical part of the sport now. It's a tool I wish I had available to Mme when I was a junior.
Hopefully this gives you an insight into some of the things I've learned over the years from my own training. If you want specifics it's best to get it straight from the horses mouth (a good trainer). Maybe now you'll see the importance of what it is. Or will you try and mimic Paul Coll and try out Crossfit? It's not for everyone and you already need a good strength athletic base to perform some of those exercises properly and safely.
Okay that's it for today. Other Serious Squash updates:
Serious Squash Signature Harrow Racquet is coming out this summer! You can check it out and place a preorder at SeriousSquashShop.com
Squash Shots is a new coaching platform where you receive weekly exclusive coaching videos from me. A subscription starts as low as $3/month and I've just posted episode 6 today. If you'd like to learn more you can do so at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash Members also get free downloads of previous released Serious Squash films and a discount on the new Serious Squash racquet. Alright time to get to my gym session!
Jun 7 2019 7:20AM
It's been a busy first month in Turks and Caicos. As most of you know, I've started a membership based weekly coaching video platform on Patreon. Want to see what Squash Shots is all about? I put together a short clip on some of the videos I've filmed so far. Here it is:
If you'd like to subscribe you can do so at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash
Also, the new Serious Squash Signature Harrow frame will be released soon! Preorders have already begun. This one of a kind music inspired racquet will definitely get lots of attention around your club. The Vapor is also a great model. If you'd like to grab one you can do so at SeriousSquashShop.com
Stay tuned for another update on life in Turks and Caicos...coming soon!
May 29 2019 6:31AM
Squash Shots is in just its second week, but there’s been lots of progress made. I’ve set up a page on Patreon that allows people to subscribe to Squash Shots and they will receive weekly exclusive coaching videos. I will cover all areas of squash, from tactics, technique, best practices, the mental game, movement, on and off court fitness, solo drills and more.
Upcoming episodes include forehand technique, figure 8 Volleys, lunging exercises, backhand volleys nicks and more. Here’s a short clip on some of the footage I’ve collected so far:
Memberships start at just $3/month and there is no length of term commitment. If you decide to join a tier of $5+/month you can also submit requests for future video topics.
If you’re a fan of Serious Squash you will certainly love these new videos. There’s plenty of other great perks too! If you’re interested learn more at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash
Lastly, if you haven’t heard yet. Serious Squash has a signature frame coming out this summer. Here are some pics of how they’re going to look. There’s only 35 left so if you’d like to preorder one you can do so at SeriousSquashShop.com (FYI Patreon members get a 10% discount!)
May 23 2019 4:37PM
As most of you are aware I just started a new weekly coaching platform through Patreon which I have titled ‘Squash Shots’ (thank stingray). The goal of Squash Shots is to share all of my knowledge gained over the last 30 years with those of you that are also Serious about their Squash!
Through this platform I will be releasing a weekly coaching video on a key area that I find useful and which will benefit your game. Many of these areas are based on pointers I teach when I’m in lessons or working with a group and things that have also helped me get to the level that I’m at.
I want Squash Shots to be very affordable so that anyone who wants to be a part of it can. For this reason you can join for as little as $3/month. There are other perks besides the weekly coaching videos so I believe the value is fantastic. There is no length of term obligation so if you don’t find my videos helpful you can opt out at any time.
Here’s a little taste of what I’ve recently filmed on lunging exercises:
In the first episode I discuss the ‘Ready Position.’ In some of the other soon to be released episodes I’ve discussed the forehand drive technique, the forehand drop shot, lunging exercises, the preserve routine, the wrist action on the backhand drive, backhand volley nicks and more. If this sounds like something you would enjoy I would greatly appreciate your support!
Register for Squash Shots at: Patreon.com/SeriousSquash
May 18 2019 7:21PM
I have some exciting news for all of the Serious Squash fans out there! Yes I’m producing a signature racquet, but there’s more...I’ve decided to join Patreon! If you’re not quite sure what Patreon is I will explain.
I’ve been contemplating doing this for awhile and I finally feel prepared and happy with the platform. Patreon.com/SeriousSquash is where you can find my account. What you can do there is become a member/backer/subscriber to Serious Squash. This means that for as little as $3 per month you will have access to a weekly coaching video year round. These videos will be posted on a private Instagram account (@SeriousSquashPatreon) and also on private Youtube links which I will email to all of the members on a regular basis.
Once you’ve joined up as a member you can add the private Serious Squash Instagram account and I will accept you so you can view all of the special coaching videos I have posted and follow alongside for all of the new weekly posts. These videos will be more in depth and include special tips that people on the regular Serious Squash Instagram account will not have access to. This will basically include all of the information I would be reaching you in person from the grip, movement, training tips, drills, strategy, the mental game and more.
I’m still working on setting up the email list, but when you subscribe I will add you to the mailing list and send you out updates with links and information about my latest posts.
There are two tiers you have the option to join. The first is $3/month and it gives you unlimited access to all of the weekly posts. The $5 tier allows you to submit topics for my future posts.
If you are a Serious Squash fan I would greatly appreciate your support! My first video tip will commence this week so don’t miss out.
Learn more a out my new venture at Patreon.com/SeriousSquash and if it isn’t for you not to worry as I will still be posting regularly on the standard Serious Squash social media accounts.
May 16 2019 8:48AM
It’s official, the Serious Squash Signature Frame has been ordered and will be in stock by the end of the summer. I used Harrow and ordered the Vapor frame with my own personal fun, music style twist on it. It’s a Limited Edition with just 50 being made. At the time of this post only 40 remain. If you’d like to preorder one you can do so now at SeriousSquashShop.com If you live in the Toronto area you can contact me directly to reserve one and you can pick it up this summer. Here it is:
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