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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Posted: Jan 23, 2018

Neil, on the left, is a dedicated squash player and has been a member at the Adelaide since 1980.

If you’ve ever watched a game of squash, you’ll immediately recognize its players enthralled in the strategy, the intensity, and its physical finesse.  We sat down with Neil, a Key Account Manager at Yonge and King, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game.

Why do you play squash at the Adelaide?

It’s my Club downtown! I’m at the Adelaide, not just for workouts and squash matches, but for events with my colleagues and even birthday celebrations with my family. It’s one of the few places that, over the four decades I've been here, has stayed ahead of the curve with facility upgrades and continual improvements. Plus, the staff always make a point of remembering my name and the names of those I bring by the Club. Good equipment and kind words may seem like small things, but they make a big difference over time.

Five Reasons Squash Will Help You Get Cardio In:

I’ve never been one to get my cardio in on an elliptical or a treadmill. Instead, I step onto a squash court three times a week.

Back in the 80’s, it was racquetball. These days it’s squash. The one thing that’s remained constant is my routine – here’s how I kept it up all these years.

1. Accountability of my opponents  

Busy people have to make time to work out. A set schedule helps with that. I show up week after week and year after year because there’s someone on the court ready to face me. I stick to the schedule and my opponent holds me accountable.

I make it to the Club roughly four to five times per week (sometimes twice a day!). My workout schedule includes:

·       Weight training: twice per week

·       Squash: three times per week

·       Classes: yoga

2. The natural high is addictive

Because squash is fast-paced and action-packed, I can feel the rush of adrenaline, and it’s addictive. You get so laser-focused returning each smash – to the point where you don’t have time to think about how hard you’re breathing. You just push through and the natural highs you feel are amazing. I always go home totally refreshed after a game.

3. The competition is rewarding

Your competition pushes you harder and faster each week.

While I appreciate the camaraderie of team sports like basketball, nothing beats the one-on-one competitive spirit of squash. It’s just me and my opponent in the court. I relish in the competition and love knowing that if I’m not prepared, I’m going to get my butt kicked.

Neil (left) and Evan (right) are part of Adelaide’s robust squash ladders and play in the weekly Thursday night beer league.

4. It's a workout that flies by

Ultimately, why anyone keeps coming back is the fun. We do things we enjoy. And the best of part of squash is that, amidst all the fun and highs of weekly competition, you get an incredible workout.

The 45 minutes I spend on the court is the best and most physically grueling exercise. It’s a game changer compared to typical cardio workouts. I don't have to drag myself to the court – it’s easy to go. It keeps getting better each week and I get to rival players half my age and make friends along the way.

5. Falling in love with the perfect game is easy

For us, squash is the perfect game. If you’re looking for a way to get in an efficient and enjoyable (cardio) workout, try the squash courts. It’ll be worth your sweat.

Learn more about squash at the Adelaide here. If you’re already a member, book your complimentary assessment with one of squash pros, Laurence or Rob, here!

 

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