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Tricky Talk: No fun in the sun

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

6 July 2017

It was back to the beach on Wednesday morning to prepare the players for their intense training session to come. Exercises looking at flexibility, stability and landing mechanics all helped to remove some of the aches and pains from Tuesday's work out and get the players set for the morning's training.

Breakfast followed and with the players suitably fuelled, it was time to get back out on the pitch. Mark Warburton and his coaching staff had a tough two-hour session lined up at the IMG Academy and the 32-degree heat didn't help the players' cause.

The coaching staff have very clear ideas on how they want The Reds to play and that was evident throughout the session as they worked on phases of play and tactical shape. The attention to detail and determination from all involved to complete each move perfectly and to the best of their abilities can only stand The Reds in good stead for the season.

After that, with the group split into three teams, two competed in a small-sided game which had a great competitive edge, while the other was pushed to their limits by Nathan Beardsley and Chris Thorpe, with the groups rotating after a short period.

They ensured that the team had barely a moments rest as they conducted yo-yo testing and worked the players hard in the heat. Cloud cover provided some cooling respite as a hard-hitting session came to a close.

After lunch at the IMG Golf Club it was straight back to work with a session in the gym focusing on the lower body muscles before a chance for a short breather in mid-afternoon.

As the players had done exceptionally well in the morning session and hit their performance targets ahead of schedule, the manager rewarded them with an afternoon of volleyball down at the beach.

The competitive edge didn't waiver as the lads dived across the sand to secure points and enjoyed a good session of team bonding. Activities like this can only improve upon the already very high levels of team spirit in what is a tight-knit group of players. The torrential rain didn't stop the play either at the beautiful Siesta Key beach as a traditional afternoon storm began to roll in.

After dinner, Wednesday came to an end and the players were set for a day of recovery on Thursday as they look to step up their training later in the week.

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