Learn how to rest
New and keen players talk about
training; what, when, where and with whom...and we are all encouraged
to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet. Part of a training regime is
planning for that big event, we want to win. Plan ahead.
It can take up to
10 years to reach peak performance but that's too long for most to think
about. Plan the coming season/year. Work out which events you intend to
enter. That probably includes 15-20 weekly league games in the winter
season, if you are a team player, and 4 matches every month if you play in a
A simple training plan with Rests
Last matches of season
<<< REST Time off. Play other sports >>>
Month 1 - Distance running plus squash drills
Month 2 - Sprint running and court sprints plus squash games
Month 3 - Match practice
Now you are ready. Well, almost.
Most keen players play 12 months a year.
Resting is Important
Although severe workouts are
necessary to get to the top, rest is equally important, but is all too often
missing from a potentially great athlete's schedule.
Attuned to the idea that high-level workouts produce winning performances,
the majority of athletes go overboard, pushing themselves to the brink of
fatigue and overtraining. Top athletes have learned that optimal
training involves exercising and resting; it's not possible to reach supreme
performance levels unless fierce exertions are balanced with restoration and
Even the seemingly fatigue-proof Kenyan runners take two-month respites each
year during which they do very little training. As they put it so simply:
"Our bodies need to take a rest, so that we can train hard the rest of the
year". All competitive athletes should have at least one annual six- to
eight-week period in which very little training is done, and should avoid
the temptation to carry out too many high-intensity workouts during the