Troy Deeney, João Pedro, Ben Foster, Ignacio Pussetto and Kiko Femenía have all posted videos on social media of their workouts, and Cervera said that is reflective of how the whole group are buying into these unusual circumstances.
“They are working very hard,” said Cervera. “The engagement in the programme has been high. They are completing all the sessions we have prescribed and some of them are contacting me asking to do more. Sometimes I need to stop them and say 'Today is not the day' as it's important they stay in their physiological zone otherwise it interrupts the sessions we have planned. I am texting them daily and we can make the next micro cycle a bit harder if necessary.”
The whole thing is being done remotely to avoid social contact, but the attention to detail is forensic.
“We want to be controlling exactly what they are doing,” said Cervera. “We have sent heart-rate bands to their houses and we'll use the date for our internal log. When they work out, they have to wear the heart-rate band and then we can ensure they are working properly and they upload the session to the App. We can check the timings are correct, minutes they have passed in every zone, their average power, calculate the calories they are burning and also record the perception of how hard they think they are working from a scale of one to ten. We know exactly what they are doing and I'm in contact with them daily so I can understand any difficulties they have. I stay on them every day.”