After the players stepped it up a couple of levels out on the training pitch, Thursday’s focus was on recovery and ensuring that their bodies were in good condition ahead of further work.
The morning session involved time in the gym as the players, led by strength and conditioning coach Chris Thorpe, completed exercises to remove any aches and pains.
They spent time on the bikes, did band activation work and used foam rollers and power plates to ease any lingering tension in their muscles. These sessions are so vital for the players during their pre-season programme as it enables them to continue to work at high levels out on the pitch.
While in the gym they also worked on upper body strength through various different stations to continue working other areas of their body while their legs recovered.
The facilities at the IMG campus are second-to-none with top-class equipment. The gym, which was built just one-year-ago, has everything that professional and development athletes need that are training at the IMG Academy.
After lunch at the IMG Golf Club, the players had some down time ahead of an evening training session. The heat and humidity didn't relent despite it being later in the day as Mark Warburton and his coaching staff put the players back to work.
New signing Barrie McKay took to the pitch for the first time with his new teammates after joining the squad in Florida as the focus was on working in tight areas and quick passing. The manager and David Weir then split the team into two groups to look at phases of play in defence and attack, with the strikers getting their shooting boots on.
This session brought the intensity level back down after the morning's recovery, but prepared the players ahead of a high-intensity session set for Friday morning.