Want to take up squash? Here is what it’ll cost you
Most of us leave sedentary lives with countless hours spent at the office, in front of screens. The road from home to work is mainly made by car or public transportation means, with minimal physical activity. Combined with a diet poor in vitamins and reach in empty calories, this will often lead to obesity and overweight problems. Back pains and heart problems will be the ones following closely if you don’t try to change your lifestyle while you can.
As little spare time as you have, try to practice a sport on a regular basis. At least once or twice a week find a clear hour on your schedule and pick up a sport that will improve your physical condition and help you get rid of stress, anxiety, depression, and body aches. After all, the Latin saying, Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, is still available after thousands of years.
If you’re looking for an indoor sport you can practice regardless of the month in the calendar and the weather conditions, squash has become very en-vogue. The great advantage is that you can choose to practice it alone or with a partner, depending on your preferences.
Over the past decade, squash has increased in popularity, becoming a very solicited sport by both men and women of all ages. It is relatively easy to learn and play, and the costs of practicing it on a regular basis are not outrageous. Similar to tennis, squash is played indoors, often in combination with other stretching, gym or swimming classes. If you think about taking up squash, here are some of the costs involved.
Renting the court
While tennis fields can cost a fortune to rent on a regular basis, squash courts are smaller and found indoors, so the prices are smaller. In fact, the size of the squash court depends on the number of players so, if you’re thinking of flying solo, you can rent your own room where you can hit the walls as hard as you can. Depending on the gym’s facilities and reputation, as well as its proximity, you can pay as little as 15-20 dollars for renting a squash room for an hour. Prices vary and can easily reach over 100 dollars per hour, especially if you want to team up with someone else.
Nevertheless, you should know that practicing squash on a regular basis will cost you a lot less than picking up professional tennis and participating in tournaments or local competitions.
One of the most important pieces of equipment when playing squash is the pair of shoes you are going to wear. By far the most common mistake people make is that they buy running shoes for the squash training. These are specifically designed for the forward movement when running, and not for side-to-side motions that are usually required when playing tennis or squash. As a result, people often injure themselves by twisting their ankles and having to replace the shoes more often.
Another mistake that is highly common is wearing the same pair of shoes on and off the court. No matter which type of sport you practice, you should always have a pair of shoes that is destined just for that. Wearing the same pair of shoes will not only determine it break faster but can also endanger your health by catching mycosis or bacteria that are harmful to your feet.
Thus, choosing the right type of squash shoes is a must. If you’re looking for the renowned and accessible brands, Adidas and Asics are the top leaders in the market. Some of the most popular models of these brands include the Adipower Stabil 10.1 and Gel Rocket. Prices vary, depending on the design, the brand, and the quality of the shoes. A pair of Adidas squash sports shoes can cost around 70-80 dollars, while for a good pair of Asics you will pay anywhere between 40 and 160 dollars.
If you already decided on the right pair of squash shoes, you will also go to need a good racket to kick off that stress. Choosing a good racket could prove a difficult thing, especially if you don’t know exactly what to look for. Thus, we thought to clear the air a little bit and tell you about the main features you need to take into account.
First of all, consider the weight of the racket. Most squash rackets weigh between 110 and 160 grams. A lightweight racket is easier to handle and is the perfect start for beginners. Those who don’t have enough strength and power in their hands can also start by handling a lighter racket. The fast movement and increased handling represent the main perks of a lightweight squash racket.
On the other hand, heavier rackets will provide more powerful shots. However, the heavier the racket, the harder it will be for you to handle it properly and fast. We recommend heavy squash rackets for advanced or professional players, as well as for those who have a lot of strength in their wrists and hands. The optimum weight of such a racket should not exceed 140 grams for beginner players.
The balance is equally important, and it means the way the weight is distributed throughout the racket. Those who prefer heavier heads are often able to kick with increased power. We suggest opting for an evenly balanced racket if you’re a beginner. You can buy a good squash racket for approximately 40 dollars, but prices dramatically increase if you’re searching for premium brands like Head, Karakal, Dunlop or Oliver.