Squash was recently recognised by Forbes Magazine as the healthiest sport on the planet: Forbes Magazine
The top squash players are now rightly receiving recognition as the fittest sports people in the world.
Here at booost HQ we have two enthusiastic squash & racketball players, and we asked one of them, Richard Booth, how he uses booost to help him with his matches and what benefits he gets. Here’s his honest assessment.
Now that we have two world class squash players as part of Team booost, the first thing you need to know is the standard I play at is not quite the same as them! Yes I’ve got my name on the honours board, but that’s at Bishop’s Stortford Squash Club, was 20 years ago and was for wins in the Handicap Tournament and the Challengers Cup (excludes the top players)!
First, I’m going to explain what parts of the game I don’t use booost. I don’t use booost before the start of a match. That’s when my muscles are fresh and my body is full of lovely oxygenated blood. I don’t use booost in between the first and second game – I’m hopefully still relatively fresh at that point. I also don’t use booost if I feel like I can close the game out without too much bother.
I do use booost when the game starts to get down to the business end of the match; either I’m about to close it out for a glorious victory but I can feel I’m flagging or I’m shagged out, on my last legs and the psychological wall has become a physical one as I’m leaning against a side wall struggling to catch my breath. Here’s an example of that. I had a tough doubles game on a Friday, did junior morning coaching all Saturday morning, took my son shopping then played a really tough game of racketball that I’d normally win quite comfortably but suddenly found myself at two all. I was struggling to get enough oxygen into my body to rejuvenate my muscles. Also, worryingly, I was making awful shot choices time and time again. Time for booost I thought, so I took in 3 massive inhalations from my travel tank that I keep in my racket case. Within 10 seconds I’d forgotten how tired I’d previously felt. I was getting to the ball much quicker, my feet were in the correct position and as a result I hit the right shots. I won the fifth 15-6, my startled opponent enquired as to the legalities of the stuff I’d been inhaling! (supplemental oxygen was approved by WADA in January 2010).
The other time I use booost is after particularly tough encounters, when I know I’m going to ache the next day. Three good puffs and no aches the next day.
I hope that helps illustrate how I use booost for squash and racketball, but don’t rely on what I say, give it a go yourself
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