Contenders Athletic Club


Squash for All Levels

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Squash is more than just a fast-paced sport played on a court. It’s a dynamic, inclusive, and highly engaging activity that offers something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. Whether you’re a newbie just getting started or a seasoned pro looking to refine your technique, there’s always something new to learn about squash. […]

Strength in Aging

July 17th, 2024  If your socials are anything like mine, it’s been filled with old folks doing exercises that I a 25 year old woman can’t do. I’ve been seeing them doing acro yoga (Totsie), Iguana pushups (Lauren Bruzzone), and Spiderman swings (Geng Zhi-pictured) to name a few. Consistently keeping a routine in old age […]

Tips for Adding Weight Before a Fight

July 12th, 2024 In my last blog post we talked about how to cut weight for a fight. On the flipside of that lies the need to gain weight.  So, how does one go about gaining weight while staying in fighting condition? EXERCISE: Focus on strength training aside from your boxing practice. Most athletes choose […]

Tips for Cutting Weight Before a Fight

July 3rd, 2024 Cutting weight before a fight can be a difficult one. You want to continue exercising, maintain your energy and remain in fighting condition while going below your average weight. SWEAT/SAUNA SUITS: This is a great way to continue working out and maintain strength training without worrying too much about adding on weight. […]

Discover the Squash Advantage

squash player at contenders

Squash is more than just a sport—it’s a dynamic, fast-paced activity that offers a multitude of physical and mental benefits. Whether you’re a seasoned player or someone looking to try something new, exploring the world of squash can lead to significant improvements in various aspects of your health and well-being. Enhance Cardiovascular Fitness with Every […]

Is Squash Better than Tennis?

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When it comes to the age-old argument of squash versus tennis, you’ll find passionate advocates on both sides, each with their own reasons for championing their chosen sport. Sure, both games have their own charms and thrills, but there’s something about squash that begs a closer look. Let’s delve into the nuances to see if […]

Mastering the Game: Essential Tips and Techniques for Squash Players

person playing squash at Contenders downtown Vancouver

In the world of squash, mastering the game requires a blend of skill, strategy, and mental fortitude. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, honing your techniques can elevate your performance on the court. From perfecting your grip to developing explosive movement, here are some essential tips and techniques to help you become a […]

Squash Events and Tournaments: Get Involved with Downtown Vancouver’s Thriving Squash Scene

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In the heart of Vancouver, amidst the bustling streets and towering skyscrapers, lies a vibrant squash community pulsating with energy and excitement. Delve into the history and evolution of squash in Downtown Vancouver, and discover the plethora of opportunities awaiting squash enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves in this dynamic sport. History and Evolution of Squash […]

New Addition: Basketball

March 27th, 2024 It’s official, we now have a half basketball court at Contenders! The best news?! The use of our half basketball court will be included in all memberships! It will operate on a first come first serve basis and will be free for all members to use. Non members can pay $22 per […]