Albion reach halfway point of Austria trip
BAGGIES are now halfway through their challenging pre-season training camp in Austria.
Tony Pulis has spoken highly of his side’s attitude during the first part of the week, labelling their efforts as “first class”. (See here)
The players, who would be forgiven for still not being accustomed to the 5:30am daily wake-up call, started Sunday off with another exhausting hill running exercise.
They visited a different hill to the one that greeted them on the opening two mornings, with some players labelling the new climb even more difficult than the first.
Pulis’ men were set a task of completing another 16 painful runs up the steep and curving road, with the distance shortening after every four reps.
After returning to the hotel for some rest, the group then headed down to their training pitch shortly after lunch.
The coaching staff delivered a one-hour session with possession and technical based drills remaining the main focus, as it has been throughout the opening few days.
The Baggies boss then afforded his players a night off from the normal schedule of an evening session.
Instead, players and staff dined out at the Loserhutte Restaurant which is located 5,000 feet up in the Alps.
Spectacular views looking across the mountain range were on offer, with both players and staff taking full advantage of picture opportunities.
The bikes were back out on Monday morning, with the team facing the same hill as the one they had ran up on Sunday.
Again, 16 repetitions riding up the incline were to be completed with the usual distance shortening after every four sets.
Baggies were then back in the gym for a strength and conditioning session before lunch.
Albion's sports science staff continued their theme of giving the players a series of core body strength, stretching, power, weightlifting and balance activities to work through.
The final part of the day saw the footballs make an appearance on the training pitch, much to the delight of the group.
Once more the focus of Pulis’ session was on short and sharp passing and technical drills, with a few lighthearted games thrown in too.
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