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Tricky Talk: Keeping up the intensity

Day seven of Nottingham Forest's pre-season training camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.

11 July 2017

One week in to the USA training camp and the Nottingham Forest squad has gone through a lot of hard work.

Monday morning was no different as the boys started off down the beach with their usual stretches and exercises to set them up for the training sessions to follow.

Mark Warburton and his coaching staff had a level four session lined up with the focus being on possession and crossing and finishing.

Short, sharp passing drills kicked off the work before it moved into a match in which you needed to pass into the goalkeeper's feet to score, or complete a set number of passes.

The strikers in particular then had a chance to hone their shooting skills with some finishing drills and getting on the end of crosses, before a real competitive edge arrived with a five-a-side competition.

Each training session is always at a high tempo and there is such variation in the exercises that it keeps things interesting for the players. But all of the sessions are building towards the way Mark Warburton wants his side to play when it comes to competitive fixtures.

After lunch it was back to the IMG Academy for some work in the gym with the focus on core muscles and stability, with some work on the lower body as well.

An afternoon thunderstorm put pay to the squad's trip to the beach for some volleyball but it gave them a chance to rest up ahead of a tough level five session on Tuesday.

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