Tired of the same old fitness routine of getting up, going to the gym for cardio, weights, or a fitness class, and then heading home? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun new way to hang out with your buddies besides shooting hoops. If so, you’re in luck. At Santa Barbara Athletic Club, we’re happy to share what we’re sure will become your next fitness obsession: breaking a sweat on the squash courts.
What Are Squash Courts?
Squash courts are square, indoor rooms where the game squash is played. Squash is a game that’s been around for over a century. It was first played by the Dutch, French, and English before landing in the US in 1884. You can read the complete history of the game here if you’re feeling so inclined.
Essentially, squash is a lot like tennis, but both players stand on the same side of a court and take turns hitting the ball against a wall within certain lined limits (as opposed to over a net).
The game is fast-paced and requires a good deal of agility, aerobic endurance, and hand-eye coordination. However, it’s also a super fun way to get out and have some fun with friends or fellow recreational players.
How Do You Play?
The basics of the game are pretty simple.
You can play “singles” with two players or “doubles” with four. The goal is to hit the ball against the back wall in a way that makes it difficult for your opponent to return the ball, all without hitting outside the bounds shown on the walls.
It sounds easy enough, but don’t be fooled. There are a few rules and expectations around when, how, and where you can hit the ball.
This article gives a quick overview of the game, including a description of all the lines on the squash courts, rules, and common terminology you might hear when playing.
But even if you’ve never played a game of squash in your life, Santa Barbara Athletic Club has group and private lessons available, so you can learn all the tips and tricks before you hit the squash courts on your own.
How To Get Started
With the only local squash courts in Santa Barbara, there really is no better place to switch up your fitness routine and try out squash today. To learn more on how to add Squash Court access to your membership, call us or visit our front desk.
Once you’re enrolled, you can head on over to Santa Barbara Athletic Club to take a private class or group lesson with friends, or reserve a court. Members can also reserve courts online in advance, and even take part in tournaments and exhibitions! There’s no doubt you’ll have a ton of fun and break a sweat, too.