IT BEGAN with baseline fitness testing after the post season break followed by a strongman circuit, but, by the end of the session, Geoff Capes was nowhere to be seen.
Most of the Lancashire players returned for pre-season training at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday morning just six weeks after the end of the successful 2013 campaign.
And Lancashire’s strength and conditioning coach, Phil Scott, put the players through their paces in order to devise individual programmes that will prepare them for the season which gets underway in April.
First up, was the jump and sprint testing finishing with the yoyo test – an exercise similar to the bleep test – which determined the players’fitness levels, before rounding off their morning with the strongman circuit – a gruelling seven stations where heavy weights and medicine balls were utilised.
“We got them back in for the first testing of the year and it gives us a good baseline to see where they are at,” said Scott, who is starting his second year at the Club.
“There are no particular consequences of today’s testing in terms of where they should be. They’ve had six weeks off and we wanted them to rest during that period.
“Their individual programmes can be written from the tests that they have done and they now know where they are so they can push on.
“When I find some time in the evening I will get their programmes done and they will be handed out tomorrow These will cover their gym-based programme, their running, cardio, sprinting, flexibility work and their trunk strength.”
Being professional sportsmen, the Lancashire players have a predisposition for supreme fitness, but Scott is determined to further increase their levels.
He added: “We are pretty genetically blessed here at Lancashire and our baseline standards are reasonably high but this year we are looking to push up those standards and baseline measures.
“Within the programme they get de-load weeks where they’ll keep the intensity but reduce the volume. In terms of the programme this is literally the start of the 2013/2014 season.”
The strongman circuits are a new concept in Scott’s training regimen and he has a few more tricks up his sleeve for the rest of pre-season.
“The strongman circuits are a good way to get them back into training and to get their heart rates back up,” he said. “It’s also great to see the camaraderie between them and hopefully they have had a good bit of fun as well.
“I’m not giving away any secrets but the programme has definitely developed for the better. We’ll introduce a few new training ideas, such as the strongman circuit, which seemed to go down well.”