Use nutritional supplements to optimise your sport performance
September 20, 2015

Source: Mike Hall

As a squash coach, I am consistently seeking ways to improve my performance and overall health, not just to do better but to feel great too! I am very much interested in the psychology of sport and how the mind plays a major part in your overall outlook and capabilities. However, it’s also especially important to respect your physical health with regular exercise and a good, balanced diet that includes all the right nutrients and vitamins.
Having a healthy diet is a challenge for every human being, regardless of their size, shape or physical capabilities. There is a wealth of information everywhere about how to stay healthy and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Although, it’s not easy to be consistent and many people lose track of what’s good for them and what nutrients they are consuming. For those who want to stay in control, I recommend Phil Richards’ products.
I am keen on promoting and reviewing Phil’s products, as I believe in their power to transform peoples’ overall health and ultimately their sport performance. His range of nutritional supplements are based upon nature - giving the body what it requires from well sourced ingredients. The products are all free from chemicals and sweeteners like Acesulfame K, aspartame and sucralose. The quality of the product is put before the taste of the product so they might not always taste amazing but the important thing is that they get you results, time and time again.
Phil is a renowned Nutritionist, Strength & Conditioning coach and has applied his knowledge and experience to develop these effective products. As they are used by top athletes, it’s clear that they obviously work and can improve your overall health. For all those working in the health industry, it’s a great idea to go into partnership with Phil and promote his products, alongside what you do, as an affiliate. I will regularly review his products on this blog and highlight specific products that could help you reach your health goals.

How to get 5 shots lower without changing your golf swing
June 25, 2015
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Source: Mike Hall

What’s your golf handicap? We all feel a little embarrassed when hearing that question. It’s almost too personal to answer. This is because golf is a competitive sport and for one reason or another you can’t always win. As you get into golf and improve, you will start to question why your handicap is what it is. The more you think about, the more it sticks in your mind and can even lead to further frustration and a drop in performance.

For anyone looking to improve, I recommend to practice lots but also to take a different perspective on the way you play, as well as the way you practice. When playing, you may feel added pressure but if you can practice as you would play, you would engage your mind in your actions. Often mental barriers can lead you to underperform or make mistakes. You might overcompensate your swing technique but it should be your mind factor techniques that are implemented.

Karl Morris is a leading mind coach, who specialises in helping top golfers master their performance. He enables people to unlock their potential and identify how to improve through their thought process. He has worked with many golf pros.

Karl’s CD is entitled ‘5 shots lower without changing your swing’ and is instantly applicable to your game now. Hear about how you can get the best out of your current swing with the 5 habits of success and discover the secret way to lower your scores through the Mind Factor. If you are a golfer wanting to improve but you have limited time to practice then this programme will be for you! A breath of fresh air in terms of golf instruction with a series of compelling tools and techniques, which will last you a lifetime.

This 2 cd programme will provide you with a totally new and refreshing outlook to your golf game – giving you practical tools and techniques you can apply instantly.
You will learn:

• The REAL value of ONE shot and HOW to save it
• Why changing your swing may NOT be necessary
• What do AFTER the ball has gone
• Just TWO aspects to control
• How thinking about ‘the turn’ can destroy your game
• How to look at the game through a FRESH perspective
• Know your RIGHT brain from your LEFT and how to get the best from each
• How our brain misleads us
• Controlling what you CAN control
• The POWER of effective DECISIONS
• The secret of the ‘Golden Bear’

This is £29.95 and if you enter the code ‘hal14’ at checkout, you will be in with a chance of winning a copy of Karl’s book. Click here to buy the CD.

How to transform your fitness and wellness
May 20, 2015

Source: Mike Hall

As we enter the month of March, many peoples’ New Year’s Resolutions are starting to become a distant memory.
If you haven’t stuck to your fitness goals, then perhaps now Pancake Day is over, you are ready to get started again! Many people try to be as realistic as possible when setting themselves goals but we all have a tendency to be too hard on ourselves. A good alternative is to seek a method of fitness that will last you a lifetime and keep your mind and body feeling good.

As a sporty person all my life, I understand the need to train the body and the demanding impact this can have on the body. In particular, squash is a fast game that is physically challenging with a need for skill and quick thinking. In fact, squash is seen as the top sport to play for overall health and fitness benefits. Therefore, it’s an ideal workout for sports enthusiasts and as a squash coach since the 1980’s; I have experienced and demonstrated the benefits.

As a current coach at Grange Squash Club in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, I am particularly focused on the role of the mind in the game and how to use it effectively in sync with the physicality of the sport. The psychology and mental capacity to play the game is a big factor, as well as technique and natural ability. The brain works hard to recall memories of past successes and this works with playing golf too. It’s important to react responsibly to sport situations so that you can deal with similar events well in the future. As a Masters Mind Factor golf coach, I can help people develop a practical approach to using the mind in sport and getting the best out of yourself.

Your fitness should be your top priority if you regularly take part in sport and its worthwhile discovering the science behind your performance. If you use your heart and lungs correctly, then you can synchronise your brain into an ideal rhythm. The point when the brain and heart rhythms match is when you can get into the zone of peak performance, which feels great!

I also have a strong interest in Tai Chi and implement Chinese methodologies into my coaching. Tai Chi is all about the stillness within and controlling your breathing. Even in a fast-moving game like squash, Tai Chi techniques can be effective for every movement and action from the forehand and backhand to the swivel of the hips and hitting a shot. Tai Chi is fantastic for gentle exercise too and can be used to treat health problems or prevent injuries.

My passion for exercise and wellness has also led me to introduce the Flexxicore Passive Exerciser to people. In particular, I visit office workers to let them try the product during a 15 minute break. Sitting at their desks all day, office workers can often hunch over their computers and develop bad habits leading to bad posture and poor circulation. Using the Flexxicore can prepare your body for any activity and many users have said they have felt both invigorated and relaxed from the sensation.

For further information, please contact me at [email protected]

Do you often feel exhausted?
February 20, 2015

Source: Mike Hall

Our daily routine can slowly grind anyone down and make you feel exhausted. There are things we must do each day from household chores to driving to work and sitting at a computer. These tasks build up and we often subconsciously stumble along, without realising the potential harm we are doing to our bodies over time or the lack of exercise in our lives.

It’s easy to do nothing and just rely on copious amounts of coffee or chocolate throughout the day to give you a boost but this can increase your weight and lead to further health problems. We’d all like to feel less lethargic and a brief holiday might do the trick to reinvigorate yourself. Although, it would be most beneficial to implement something into the daily routine in order to improve your sense of wellbeing each day. Eating healthy can help a lot but if you are finding it hard to get started in the morning and generally feel that you have little energy, then consider exercise.

Physical exercise is essential for everyone but busy lifestyles can put this to the bottom of the priority list. Pressing work matters can get in the way of energising your body properly. The FlexxiCore Passive Exceriser provides a solution to this as it only takes 5 – 10 minutes a day to use and this is enough to improve your circulation and relieve stress. Perhaps you go to the gym about twice a week but don’t have time to do something on a daily basis. This product is ideal to do first thing in the morning before breakfast or at any point during the day when you have ten minutes to spare.

Passive exercise can clear your head, relieve tension and leave you feeling ready to start the day. This can work wonders for your productivity. Have you ever felt that your mind is cloudy and you can’t seem to get anything done? With a reinvigorated mind, tasks will seem simpler and less stressful to do. Life can be extremely challenging at times but a fit body and mind can certainly help to deal with things.

The product can help ease back pain, which is a big problem for a lot of inactive people. It does this by encouraging the flow of fluid along the spine, as you lie down and rest your legs on the small piece of equipment. Relaxing in this position, allows you to let it’s rhythmic wave travel through your body, which can also stimulate deep breathing. The ‘goldfish’ like movement helps to reduce inflammation in muscles and reduce toxins caused by this. This type of exercise has been practised in Japan since the 1920s and is proven to work at improving vitality.

To find out more or arrange a trial with this product for yourself or your work colleagues, please contact me:
Mike Hall
[email protected]

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Yoga sessions enhance your squash game
February 20, 2015

The game of squash has always been known as a fast-paced sport, where you’ve got to be quick on your feet and have good vision. This can be a reason for many to rule it out but there is a way of developing your awareness to new levels using common sense exercise, which can boost your brain performance and wellbeing. London Olympic Games and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games were a massive success for sport and in particular the interest in squash. There has been an upsurge in interest from women, perhaps inspired by the medal successes from the female athletes in sports such as rowing, swimming and cycling.

Women are excited about getting involved in new sports and squash is an ideal one for them to experiment with. Yoga sessions can be great for a slow exercise to combine with squash, which will help them boost a feel-good factor and prepare for more physical sports performance as they progress.

Physical exercise is obviously beneficial for your health and sense of wellbeing but most importantly people want to have fun. They want to participate in a sport that is competitive but also active and fun to play with friends. Squash can be combined with new exercise classes that will be mutually beneficial. Yoga in particular is fantastic for improving flexibility, suppleness and mental awareness. This is a key skill for going into a game of squash. With yoga incorporated into your sport performance, you will find an increase in anticipation of shots when playing squash and find that the game slows down, as you use your body and mind in synchronisation for every movement.

For all those who play squash already, we may find a niggling injury slows us down or our bones are simply not up to every exertion required for the game. Therefore, there is need to do something extra that will give them the edge and keep their bodies functioning longer and stronger. Yoga is an activity which can help train your body, muscles and mind collectively. It is a satisfying and interesting activity that will enhance your squash game, no matter what level it is at.

In preparation for squash we can do various cardio exercises and other muscle training but yoga enables us to prepare to a whole new level. Squash demands strength and flexibility and yoga is particularly good for toning muscles. Yoga can channel an explosiveness to your body. By doing the movements slowly and holding poses, you are able to activate muscle fibres, which build endurance. When you are holding challenging poses in the right way, you will feel completely relaxed and get rid of unwanted stress. This is ideal for controlling aggression and getting yourself psyched up before a squash game.Yoga provides a full workout of mind, body and soul.

The way you feel after doing a session can actually increase your self-confidence and make you feel more awake throughout the day. People with busy lifestyles tend to rely on coffee and sugary foods to get them through the daily routine but yoga can give them enough of a boost to avoid this. It can even help boost metabolism, which helps with weight loss, increases bone density and helps maintain joint flexibility.
For those who have done yoga on a daily basis, they have found it beneficial to keep it up and feel that it has added to their squash game.

Sports players find that stretching is especially important as they get older and yoga helps them to increase and balance their strength throughout their body. On the squash court, they can stretch further and return shots they would have previously considered impossible. Their vision and level of skill during the game is enhanced both physically and mentally. Breathing is a key aspect of yoga and is something that can often be overlooked in sport. However, breathing is intrinsically important to success in the game.

Squash players know the feeling of heaving for a breath when returning shots but those who learn about breath control in a yoga class will be amazed at the difference it brings in all activities on and off the court. Yoga rejuvenates you and gives you great mental energy for your daily life, helping to focus on every aspect. Therefore, it’s a common sense approach to improving your health and maintaining it as well as adding skill to your squash game.

The best way to discover the benefits of yoga is to try it out. As a good squash player, you will need a good body and a sense of awareness and understanding of breathing. Yoga will help with all techniques and beyond. Once you’ve tried yoga, the important thing is to stick to it and set yourself goal, which is good for boosting your squash performance. Every squash player would like to improve their game and optimise their health, fitness and overall performance. By providing yoga classes we are giving them the opportunity to learn more about their bodies and avoid injury. Posture is controlled in the brain and yoga teaching allows you to understand how movement is controlled in the brain.

Yoga classes at the Grange Club, Edinburgh, will be a means of encouraging new members (particularly female) into a squash court environment. They will be introduced to yoga through Mike Hall, who has taught squash from complete Beginner to Full International Standard for over 25 years. During this period he has been passionate in introducing cross training methods such as Chi Yoga to the game of squash, so as to make squash a true game for LIFE. His work has been featured in New Scientist Magazine, BBC Radio 4 and in “In Praise of Slow (exercise) – a book which reached the top ten best sellers list in the USA and UK.