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Suzanne Geldard: Summer fitness essential for Burnley stars

Lancashire Telegraph: Danny Ings Danny Ings

PREMIER League football moves a step closer tomorrow, with the Burnley squad reporting back to Gawthorpe for pre-season training.

It's a day that has been eagerly anticipated since the fixtures came out. Everyone will be vying for a place in Sean Dyche’s inaugural top flight team to take on Chelsea on the opening day.

So while the break was welcome after the hard, but ultimately rewarding, work of last season, and rest and recuperation was needed, they will all have all been mindful of the season ahead.

Each went away with their own personal programme to stick to, a weight and body mass index target.

Those readings will be checked by the first team staff tomorrow.

Gone are the days of footballers having blow-outs and over indulging from after the final whistle of the last game to the first day of pre-season training, with the odd token run and gym session thrown in for good measure in between.

They would sweat it off on long runs around the town, wearing a bin liner if extra assistance was needed to shed the excess pounds.

But modern day players cannot afford to fall behind in that manner any more, such are the developments in sports science at every level, but especially the Premier League.

With elite football comes elite fitness, and among the work that has been done at Gawthorpe this summer are improvements to that department.

A sports scientist was not in place the last time Burnley were promoted and the absence of what has become an important staff member became evident.

There are no such issues this time around with Mark Howard one of the finest in his field.

There can be no greater incentive, though, for the players to stick to the plan in the interim.

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Danny Ings said he was in the best shape of his life by the end of last pre-season. To better that, he has enlisted the help of a personal trainer to put him through his paces in the build-up.

Kieran Trippier and Kevin Long have also put in extra hours with the club’s strength and conditioning coach. They want to hit the ground running.

It is in a player’s own interests to abide by their summer guidelines to give themselves a headstart for the gruelling pre-season work-outs.

In the previous two pre-seasons, it was noted that Keith Treacy had perhaps bent the rules.

But if he is to return and fight for a new contract, as is the indication, he will have to prove how much he wants it from day one.

Preparations for the Premier League start tomorrow. This is no time to play catch-up.

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2:24pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Dublin Claret says...

lt looks like this squad of players will have a much better chance of survival than the previous one.
Sean seems to be so professional in his approach and wants to cover every angle.
rovers fans can come on and keep slagging us off, but l think deep down, they must be so envious of the way our club is run and the recent success we've had on the field.
Keep up the good work lads.
lt looks like this squad of players will have a much better chance of survival than the previous one. Sean seems to be so professional in his approach and wants to cover every angle. rovers fans can come on and keep slagging us off, but l think deep down, they must be so envious of the way our club is run and the recent success we've had on the field. Keep up the good work lads. Dublin Claret
  • Score: 4

3:48pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Dublin Claret wrote:
lt looks like this squad of players will have a much better chance of survival than the previous one.
Sean seems to be so professional in his approach and wants to cover every angle.
rovers fans can come on and keep slagging us off, but l think deep down, they must be so envious of the way our club is run and the recent success we've had on the field.
Keep up the good work lads.
Oh dead oh dead oh dear. Yet another measuring themselves against the mighty Rovers and throwing the word 'success' in. You've ahcieved nothing, have no meaningful trophy and will be back exactly where you were, albeit probably having to rebuild a decimated and dejected squad within 9 months.
[quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: lt looks like this squad of players will have a much better chance of survival than the previous one. Sean seems to be so professional in his approach and wants to cover every angle. rovers fans can come on and keep slagging us off, but l think deep down, they must be so envious of the way our club is run and the recent success we've had on the field. Keep up the good work lads.[/p][/quote]Oh dead oh dead oh dear. Yet another measuring themselves against the mighty Rovers and throwing the word 'success' in. You've ahcieved nothing, have no meaningful trophy and will be back exactly where you were, albeit probably having to rebuild a decimated and dejected squad within 9 months. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -2

4:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level...

"You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy"

We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation.

As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including
* a minimum £63million TV money
* Increased Premier League prize money.
* Increased sponsorship deals.
* Increased commercial revenue.
* Increased gate receipts.
* Increased season ticket sales.
* Increased merchandise and match-day income.
* Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world.
* The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments.
* The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers.

Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in.

Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out.
Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level... "You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy" We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation. As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including * a minimum £63million TV money * Increased Premier League prize money. * Increased sponsorship deals. * Increased commercial revenue. * Increased gate receipts. * Increased season ticket sales. * Increased merchandise and match-day income. * Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world. * The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments. * The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers. Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in. Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out. Super Claret
  • Score: 2

4:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Super Claret wrote:
Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level...

"You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy"

We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation.

As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including
* a minimum £63million TV money
* Increased Premier League prize money.
* Increased sponsorship deals.
* Increased commercial revenue.
* Increased gate receipts.
* Increased season ticket sales.
* Increased merchandise and match-day income.
* Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world.
* The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments.
* The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers.

Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in.

Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out.
I thought Rovers stayed in the prem for ten years after the money had gone??? Lets see how we fare at BFC before we big ourselves up too much,and have to go into hiding at the end of the season
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level... "You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy" We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation. As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including * a minimum £63million TV money * Increased Premier League prize money. * Increased sponsorship deals. * Increased commercial revenue. * Increased gate receipts. * Increased season ticket sales. * Increased merchandise and match-day income. * Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world. * The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments. * The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers. Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in. Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out.[/p][/quote]I thought Rovers stayed in the prem for ten years after the money had gone??? Lets see how we fare at BFC before we big ourselves up too much,and have to go into hiding at the end of the season AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -3

5:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Dublin Claret says...

To that rovers fan.
It's not about the past mate, it's the future we're looking forward to.
l can see where you're coming from though.
lf i was a rovers fan, l'd be as sick as you aswell, having to look at your neighbours brilliantly run club, local board and one of the few clubs left with a real identity.
Yes mate, l dont blame you for being sick to the teeth!
To that rovers fan. It's not about the past mate, it's the future we're looking forward to. l can see where you're coming from though. lf i was a rovers fan, l'd be as sick as you aswell, having to look at your neighbours brilliantly run club, local board and one of the few clubs left with a real identity. Yes mate, l dont blame you for being sick to the teeth! Dublin Claret
  • Score: 3

5:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Claretcert says...

Fitness certainly showed last season when we were hard to beat, add a bit of PL experience to the Dyche mentality and you can see anyone rash enough to write us off knows little. Can't wait to prove our detractors (and stalkers) wrong again. And again. And again. Just like last year - oh except we went up a division. There's no division above this one.
Fitness certainly showed last season when we were hard to beat, add a bit of PL experience to the Dyche mentality and you can see anyone rash enough to write us off knows little. Can't wait to prove our detractors (and stalkers) wrong again. And again. And again. Just like last year - oh except we went up a division. There's no division above this one. Claretcert
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super Claret wrote:
Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level...

"You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy"

We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation.

As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including
* a minimum £63million TV money
* Increased Premier League prize money.
* Increased sponsorship deals.
* Increased commercial revenue.
* Increased gate receipts.
* Increased season ticket sales.
* Increased merchandise and match-day income.
* Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world.
* The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments.
* The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers.

Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in.

Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out.
Nothing I can do? All I have to do my 6-fingered friend is sit and wait. And laugh.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: Poor old Tom, taking desperation to a whole new level... "You've achieved nothing, you have no meaningful trophy" We've achieved automatic promotion to the Premier League after amassing an incredible 93 points. It really did happen. We have a trophy that signifies our promotion and our rightful place in the top flight. A trophy that you would give your right arm for, had the left not been rendered unusable due to years of intense self flagellation. As a result we now benefit from a minimum £120million financial jackpot, including * a minimum £63million TV money * Increased Premier League prize money. * Increased sponsorship deals. * Increased commercial revenue. * Increased gate receipts. * Increased season ticket sales. * Increased merchandise and match-day income. * Global recognition as a member of the elite 20 English football clubs in the biggest and best league in the world. * The fall-back position of having £60million in parachute payments. * The strengthening of the squad and the club as a whole effectively moving us head and shoulder above the debt-ridden, shambles of a club that is Blackburn Rovers. Let it go Tom, you've tried your best but now its time to throw the towel in. Burnley FC are in the Premier League, there is nothing you can do to change that, and we are more than capable of making the step up permanently and maintaining our position, something you clowns just couldn't manage once the money had ran out.[/p][/quote]Nothing I can do? All I have to do my 6-fingered friend is sit and wait. And laugh. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 0

7:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Claretcert wrote:
Fitness certainly showed last season when we were hard to beat, add a bit of PL experience to the Dyche mentality and you can see anyone rash enough to write us off knows little. Can't wait to prove our detractors (and stalkers) wrong again. And again. And again. Just like last year - oh except we went up a division. There's no division above this one.
There is actually. It's the informal one for the Champions League places, then just below that is the also rans jut trying to avoid relegation then finally there are those relegated. You will be in the latter.
[quote][p][bold]Claretcert[/bold] wrote: Fitness certainly showed last season when we were hard to beat, add a bit of PL experience to the Dyche mentality and you can see anyone rash enough to write us off knows little. Can't wait to prove our detractors (and stalkers) wrong again. And again. And again. Just like last year - oh except we went up a division. There's no division above this one.[/p][/quote]There is actually. It's the informal one for the Champions League places, then just below that is the also rans jut trying to avoid relegation then finally there are those relegated. You will be in the latter. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

TurfMoorTom/AnotherP
ounding/Mr Ted Maul/Super Claret . /Barry...

You have to accept that your position in this little rivalry is now far from in your favour. Your club is now penniless and in debt to the tune of £60million+ while your wealthy Premier League neighbours are a minimum £120million better off.... therefore taking into account your abysmal financial situation I make us anywhere between £180million and £200million richer than you shoeless gurning retards. That must sting you like nothing else Barry.

In 3 short season's you've been relegated, we've caught up to you, we've overtaken you, we've beaten you, we've been promoted, and we've prevented you from reaching the play-off's... and we've done it all the right way, without a simple old man throwing his life savings at us while we begged him for more...

It really is no wonder you're suffering from such an inferiority complex forcing you to come on here day in, day out to try and restore some pride to your battered and flaccid ego. We have utterly destroyed you and as we move into the new season you once again trot out all the old lines from last season about future turmoil, the wheels coming off, the manager leaving, players leaving, directors hoarding money, etc.

Why not show a little class and acknowledge that actually Burnley FC have done an exceptional job in all area's on and off the pitch over the last season. I'm sure if you had the common decency to put your pain and anguish to one side, hold you hand up and state that actually you were wrong on all counts then you might succeed in regaining a tiny bit of respect from the posters on these comments pages.

Of course I expect that this will be beyond your mental capacity given the symptoms you've been exhibiting of late, but we live in hope.

You dreamt of us missing out on the play-off's, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of us missing out on automatic promotion, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of beating us and overtaking us in the league, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of sneaking into the play-off's and beating us in the final, it didn't happen.

And now here we are...

Promoted.
Rich.
Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch.
Putting together a strong team and continuing the great work of last season.

And what have you got left?

You dream that we will be relegated, at the end of the next season.

Each time we hear this single item wishlist, we all know just how much pain you are feeling. Out promotion was a personal insult to you and something you will never come to terms with. We have tortured you and every minute you spend on here shows just how much pain and suffering we have caused you. How sad.
TurfMoorTom/AnotherP ounding/Mr Ted Maul/Super Claret . /Barry... You have to accept that your position in this little rivalry is now far from in your favour. Your club is now penniless and in debt to the tune of £60million+ while your wealthy Premier League neighbours are a minimum £120million better off.... therefore taking into account your abysmal financial situation I make us anywhere between £180million and £200million richer than you shoeless gurning retards. That must sting you like nothing else Barry. In 3 short season's you've been relegated, we've caught up to you, we've overtaken you, we've beaten you, we've been promoted, and we've prevented you from reaching the play-off's... and we've done it all the right way, without a simple old man throwing his life savings at us while we begged him for more... It really is no wonder you're suffering from such an inferiority complex forcing you to come on here day in, day out to try and restore some pride to your battered and flaccid ego. We have utterly destroyed you and as we move into the new season you once again trot out all the old lines from last season about future turmoil, the wheels coming off, the manager leaving, players leaving, directors hoarding money, etc. Why not show a little class and acknowledge that actually Burnley FC have done an exceptional job in all area's on and off the pitch over the last season. I'm sure if you had the common decency to put your pain and anguish to one side, hold you hand up and state that actually you were wrong on all counts then you might succeed in regaining a tiny bit of respect from the posters on these comments pages. Of course I expect that this will be beyond your mental capacity given the symptoms you've been exhibiting of late, but we live in hope. You dreamt of us missing out on the play-off's, it didn't happen. You dreamt of us missing out on automatic promotion, it didn't happen. You dreamt of beating us and overtaking us in the league, it didn't happen. You dreamt of sneaking into the play-off's and beating us in the final, it didn't happen. And now here we are... Promoted. Rich. Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch. Putting together a strong team and continuing the great work of last season. And what have you got left? You dream that we will be relegated, at the end of the next season. Each time we hear this single item wishlist, we all know just how much pain you are feeling. Out promotion was a personal insult to you and something you will never come to terms with. We have tortured you and every minute you spend on here shows just how much pain and suffering we have caused you. How sad. Super Claret
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super Claret wrote:
TurfMoorTom/AnotherP

ounding/Mr Ted Maul/Super Claret . /Barry...

You have to accept that your position in this little rivalry is now far from in your favour. Your club is now penniless and in debt to the tune of £60million+ while your wealthy Premier League neighbours are a minimum £120million better off.... therefore taking into account your abysmal financial situation I make us anywhere between £180million and £200million richer than you shoeless gurning retards. That must sting you like nothing else Barry.

In 3 short season's you've been relegated, we've caught up to you, we've overtaken you, we've beaten you, we've been promoted, and we've prevented you from reaching the play-off's... and we've done it all the right way, without a simple old man throwing his life savings at us while we begged him for more...

It really is no wonder you're suffering from such an inferiority complex forcing you to come on here day in, day out to try and restore some pride to your battered and flaccid ego. We have utterly destroyed you and as we move into the new season you once again trot out all the old lines from last season about future turmoil, the wheels coming off, the manager leaving, players leaving, directors hoarding money, etc.

Why not show a little class and acknowledge that actually Burnley FC have done an exceptional job in all area's on and off the pitch over the last season. I'm sure if you had the common decency to put your pain and anguish to one side, hold you hand up and state that actually you were wrong on all counts then you might succeed in regaining a tiny bit of respect from the posters on these comments pages.

Of course I expect that this will be beyond your mental capacity given the symptoms you've been exhibiting of late, but we live in hope.

You dreamt of us missing out on the play-off's, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of us missing out on automatic promotion, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of beating us and overtaking us in the league, it didn't happen.

You dreamt of sneaking into the play-off's and beating us in the final, it didn't happen.

And now here we are...

Promoted.
Rich.
Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch.
Putting together a strong team and continuing the great work of last season.

And what have you got left?

You dream that we will be relegated, at the end of the next season.

Each time we hear this single item wishlist, we all know just how much pain you are feeling. Out promotion was a personal insult to you and something you will never come to terms with. We have tortured you and every minute you spend on here shows just how much pain and suffering we have caused you. How sad.
Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch........ You've been rebuffed by multiple Championship targets, signed a Championship goalkeeper and moved the tunnel. Hmmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: TurfMoorTom/AnotherP ounding/Mr Ted Maul/Super Claret . /Barry... You have to accept that your position in this little rivalry is now far from in your favour. Your club is now penniless and in debt to the tune of £60million+ while your wealthy Premier League neighbours are a minimum £120million better off.... therefore taking into account your abysmal financial situation I make us anywhere between £180million and £200million richer than you shoeless gurning retards. That must sting you like nothing else Barry. In 3 short season's you've been relegated, we've caught up to you, we've overtaken you, we've beaten you, we've been promoted, and we've prevented you from reaching the play-off's... and we've done it all the right way, without a simple old man throwing his life savings at us while we begged him for more... It really is no wonder you're suffering from such an inferiority complex forcing you to come on here day in, day out to try and restore some pride to your battered and flaccid ego. We have utterly destroyed you and as we move into the new season you once again trot out all the old lines from last season about future turmoil, the wheels coming off, the manager leaving, players leaving, directors hoarding money, etc. Why not show a little class and acknowledge that actually Burnley FC have done an exceptional job in all area's on and off the pitch over the last season. I'm sure if you had the common decency to put your pain and anguish to one side, hold you hand up and state that actually you were wrong on all counts then you might succeed in regaining a tiny bit of respect from the posters on these comments pages. Of course I expect that this will be beyond your mental capacity given the symptoms you've been exhibiting of late, but we live in hope. You dreamt of us missing out on the play-off's, it didn't happen. You dreamt of us missing out on automatic promotion, it didn't happen. You dreamt of beating us and overtaking us in the league, it didn't happen. You dreamt of sneaking into the play-off's and beating us in the final, it didn't happen. And now here we are... Promoted. Rich. Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch. Putting together a strong team and continuing the great work of last season. And what have you got left? You dream that we will be relegated, at the end of the next season. Each time we hear this single item wishlist, we all know just how much pain you are feeling. Out promotion was a personal insult to you and something you will never come to terms with. We have tortured you and every minute you spend on here shows just how much pain and suffering we have caused you. How sad.[/p][/quote]Building the club in all areas on and off the pitch........ You've been rebuffed by multiple Championship targets, signed a Championship goalkeeper and moved the tunnel. Hmmmmmm TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -1
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