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Piper: "The attitude has been fantastic."

20 June 2017

New fitness and conditioning coach Gareth Piper says that the decision to join the Spireites was an easy one to make.

Piper joined the club on Sunday and was straight to work yesterday as the first team squad reported back for pre-season training, with the new man more than impressed with the players’ efforts.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Piper said: “They’ve been brilliant.

“The lads have been back quite early but the attitude has been fantastic, we did a double session with a bit of gym work in the morning and then out on the grass in the afternoon where we did ball work and a bit of running.

“I left Wigan a week or two ago and Gary gave me a call and he asked me what my plans were. I told him that I had nothing planned and that’s when he asked me if I’d be interested to come down for pre-season, and I said that I’d love too!”

The double session saw the players conduct numerous activities as they began their bid to come back stronger and bounce back into Sky Bet League One at the first attempt.

“The group was split so one half did 35 minutes on the bike at a very low intensity aerobic workout,” he explained. 

“Whilst the other group were doing a very low level strength work for us to get a gauge of what their movement is like in the gym, because the manager wants to build a culture where the players will work on the grass supplemented with work in the gym.”

After Monday’s ‘induction’ the groups will once again be split today and on Wednesday with one group undertaking physical tests while the other works on the training ground with the coaching staff.

It means that the players will be in for a busy but very beneficial week.

Piper added: “They’ve got a couple of testing days today and Wednesday and they aren’t your traditional testing days where most clubs might do a bleep/yo-yo test.

“We’ve got some testing taking place at Leeds University on body fats and bone testing. Then towards the end of the week the manager will start to introduce a bit more ball work.

“The manager has given everyone the chance to build a really good base and increase the intensity and lower the volume as such.

“We’ve got some games planned against good opposition and I’m hoping that the seven weeks together will give us a brilliant chance to hit the ground running.”