Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton says the first week back has been his hardest ever, but insists the squad will be better off from it come April.
The playing squad reported back for the start of their winter training schedule last week and have been put through their paces by Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Tallent.
Poynton is beginning his seventh pre-season programme with the first team after graduating from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby in 2008.
“I’m very stiff and sore at the moment. It's been one of the toughest first weeks we've had,” the 23-year-old said after completing the first week back.
“We’re all battling through it, but this is the stuff you love if it’s going to come good in April.
“We currently have three or four cardio days a week as well as gym work which has been specifically designed for each individual player.
“Obviously bodies get warn out and they generate throughout the season so it’s a case of just building that strength back up.
“Personally I need a lot of speed and agility so that’s the things I will be working on. This will, of course, be different for every player who will have different training regimes.
“Jamie Tallent, the Strength and Conditioning Coach, maps out specific training programmes for each of us and I’m sure everybody will benefit. He’s very good at his job.”
As well as specific training plans, players will also be focusing on their dietary needs during the off-season as competition for places intensifies as we build towards the new season.
“It’s also the time of the year where we concentrate on our diets as we try and get back into shape,” he added.
“The games moving so fast and the competition for places are so great. For me it’s fellow ‘keeper Richard Johnson and he’s one of the fittest, but I like to think I am too. So we are all aware competition is there.
“I know he’ll be pushing me and I know I’ll be pushing him. And that’s what’s good about it as we keep each other on our toes.
“It’s the same for all positions in the side as we battle it out with each other - and I think this will bring the best out of everyone.
“We’ve got to be fitter than anyone else, stronger than anyone else and we definitely want it more. It’s just about getting up and giving ourselves the best chance to come out in April firing.”
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