Regular exercise has been proven to be an effective tool in improving self-esteem, general mental health, and sleep while reducing stress, anxiety, and treating depression (National Institute of Health). This is why our organization integrates squash sessions into regular operations: to instill healthy exercise regimes for our scholars’ to take with them through college and beyond.
With squash being one of the most challenging cardio workouts, it is important to prepare the body for this type of activity. Therefore, squash sessions also include a physical fitness component. This ranges from interval training, strength and endurance training, speed and agility training, plyometric training, core stability training, and more.
Scholars learn to track their health outcomes by logging workouts via Google Sheets and their journals and are rewarded by leveling up 5 on fitness tests. Workouts are often sent home digitally over school breaks to ensure that scholars stay active when regular programming is not in session! Students often participate in additional ad-hoc fitness training outside on the track or at the Downtown Club.