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Albion complete demanding day in the Alps

3 July 2015

Players get through three sessions on day two

ALBION’S first morning in Austria started with a 5:30am wake-up call.

The players were out of the hotel just half an hour later – riding bikes downhill to the foot of the mountain which they would soon be running up.

The squad, which had been split into groups of four, were given the unenviable task of running up a steep and winding road.

When they reached a certain point – the feet of Tony Pulis – the players were escorted back down the face of the mountain in carts driven by members of staff.

They would repeat this physically demanding drill 16 times, however the distance was shortened after every four reps.

Upon completion, the group then had to ride back up another hill to reach their hotel where they jumped straight into the pool for a cool down.

After some breakfast and a short break, Baggies were back in action but this time they were working in the gym taking part in a strength and conditioning session.

The sports science staff gave the players different exercises to carry out in a circuit, including jumping, balance, core body strength and power work, weightlifting and stretching. 

The day finished with the introduction of the footballs for the first time in pre-season at Albion’s training pitch in Irdning.

Pulis and his coaching staff put the players through their paces with some short and sharp technical, passing and possession-based drills.

Another 5:30am wake-up call and a similar schedule awaits on Saturday.

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