Committed to Your Passion!

Erik Rind

V__AB90When did you start to play squash?

I took the game up during my college in years, may moons ago, while attending GW.

How were you introduced to the game?

One of my professors, Charles Eliot who played for Harvard, was the coach of GW’s newly formed club team. He talked about squash constantly in class. Since I enjoyed racquet sports (badminton, tennis) in high school I decided to give squash a try. After playing once with Professor Eliot, I was hooked.

What is your best memory about playing squash?

My best memory is that playing allows me to keep my weight at a healthy level without having to modify my eating, and even more important, drinking habits.

How have you improved as a squash player working with me?

Although I started working with you primarily for the exercise, my overall squash game couldn’t help but improve. I have gone from struggling to compete at the 3.5 level nationally to being quite competitive at the 4.5 level. Locally, I have jumped from a bottom of the lineup D4 player to a middle of the lineup D2 player.

What is your favorite thing about working with me?

For me the best thing about working with youis the way you integrate technique, strategy and fitness into each session. The time and effort you put  into the preparing for a session is simply incredible. I only wish I could match the same enthusiasm you have for my game! There is no question that students receive maximum value for each hour when we work with you.

What drill do you like best and why?

Which drills I like and which I know are best for me are very different. I like the physically less demanding drills like drop boast from the back because, by nature, I’m lazy.  I know however that the conditioning game drills (e.g. youcan hit to ¾ of the court and I have to hit into ¼ of the court) which we have just started are what my game really needs.

What is your next squash goal?

In general I would like to be able to increase the intensity of each training session to increase my calorie burn. I would like drop another 15-20 pounds simply by playing a game I love. Competitively, I would have to say that my goal would be to have a good showing in the 50+ category (e.g. top 16) at next year’s Masters tournament

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