No pain, no gain, says Swans skipper
8th July 2014
It's a case of no pain, no gain as the Swans continue their pre-season preparations in Chicago.
The squad marked their first day of training with a triple session on Monday at the University of Illinois.
There was no easing into the sessions as Garry Monk put the squad through their paces in unforgiving heat.
After the morning session of numerous running drills, the squad then hit the weights in the afternoon before working on their football skills in the evening.
And Swans skipper Ashley Williams feels the demanding start will reap its reward later this season.
"It was a very tough session to start with, but we realise that as much as it does hurt right now it is helping us all in the long run," said Williams, who signed a new four-year deal at the club last week.
"We will be very fit this season if pre-season training is anything to go by.
"We had a triple session to start, and it will be very hard for the next few days at least, but no pain no gain.
"We did the physical running session in the morning, weights in the afternoon and football in the evening, so we got everything into our first day of training out here.
"We are all doing it together and pushing each other on - this is where the camaraderie comes into it.
"You learn a lot about someone when you are working very hard with them."
He added: "Everyone comes back with a good base of fitness, but nothing prepares you for the intense work in pre-season.
"We are working on being fitter than last season, and that work starts now.
"It's the most physical start to pre-season I've had since I've been at the club."
The Swans will play two games during their two-week tour - Mexican Premier League side Chivas provide the first test at Miller Park, Milwaukee, on Wednesday, July 16 before a friendly with Minnesota United of the NASL at the National Sports Center Stadium, Blaine, on Saturday, July 19.