Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has told his players they’ll be expected to train three times a day in the searing heat of the south of Spain with their first session starting as early as 7.30am.
Stubbs has taken his squad back to La Manga – their base as they prepared for last season’s Championship play-offs – and he believes a week working in temperatures expected to soar to 100˚F will help hone their fitness for the coming campaign.
While admitting it’s going to be anything but pleasant for his stars, the head coach said: “Training in the heat is the reason why we wanted to get away.
“We had a taste of warm weather last week but now we are going to get the best part of a full week working in a really warm climate. It will test the players, but it will also improve their fitness.
“They’ll have to work hard in the heat which will speed up their fitness. The sessions will be quality rather than quantity and will be managed to the precise minute and second.
“We know it’s going to be hot but we’ll possibly have three sessions a day, the first early in the morning, maybe at 7.30, another mid-morning and another later in the afternoon.
“We’ll eat, sleep and train – that’s going to be the week. It’s that time of year when players know exactly what is expected of them. It’s not a nice time. I have to say even although I am now on the other side of the fence, I don’t envy them, but it has to be done. I hated it myself as a player. I did not like it. No-one I know does like working to the maximum heart rate.
“But the one thing that is nice is the feeling when you are getting fitter and everything gets easier and easier. It’s a great feeling when you have finished that last run and know the hard work is finished. I have to admit I miss that feeling and that’s why the players have to enjoy it as much as they can.”
Stubbs admitted the facilities his players enjoyed at La Manga in May made up his mind as far as a pre-season training camp was concerned, saying: “It’s absolutely perfect for what we want to do.
“The last time here was excellent, the facilities were perfect, everyone was very accommodating, highly professional and it’s great we’ve been allowed to explore the opportunity again to prepare the players as we want.We try to be ultra-professional in everything we do and hopefully there’s long-term gain for the players.”