Cycling & Squash the perfect training partners?
With Matt Lloyd-Lewis Welsh Squash Masters champ.
Matt Lloyd-Lewis is a Squash Masters champion who uses Cycling to maintain the fitness levels needed to compete in a sport voted “the healthiest sport on the planet” by Forbes.
SP: What is it about Squash from a fitness perspective that appeals to you as a fitness fanatic?
“Squash is like physical chess. It combines Mental strategy with endurance, it requires dynamic movement and technical ability to perform. It’s an all over body workout”
Using Low impact sports to compliment Squash.
Matt tells us he enjoys low impact sport to compliment his Squash. He enjoys Cycling, Yoga & Swimming!
It’s Cycling however that he is drawn to in the main to support his Squash obsession. Aside from competing in various stunning races like the Etape in the Pyranees in 2005 , Matt likes to vary his normal cycling training.
“If I do a flat ride I try and maintain a set average pace for 1-2hrs. If I do a ride with climbs in it, I use it like an interval workout where I work hard on the climbs, easy downhill and steady on the flat. I try and vary my rides”
“I feel cycling is less demanding on your joints but still works all the lower body muscle groups and your core. I feel I gain Certain aspects of fitness from cycling which help me to play squash at a high intensity and allow me to recover quickly”
This gets us wondering….if an avid Squash player can see the benefits in cycling, how many cyclists might also love Squash?