GLASGOW Warriors have been told to get ready to go through the pain barrier so they can hit the ground running for the new season.
Head coach Gregor Townsend spelt out his demands during a team meeting at Scotstoun yesterday.
They came after the players were given a week off after completing the brutal four-week opening stretch of their build-up to the new campaign.
Townsend said: "The first four weeks are about establishing a high level of fitness and conditioning.
"I was pleased with the shape the lads came in, though, and that stood them in good stead for the rigours of these first four weeks.
"We also had the input of Matt Taylor, our new defence coach, for a couple of days before he returned to Queensland Reds.
"But now we have to take things up another level or two. This is the part of the pre-season where we are looking to develop the way we are going to play this season.
"I've said all along that we want to pose more of an attacking threat and to play at a higher tempo when we have the ball and it is what we will do in this segment that will allow that to happen."
Warriors have lined up two friendles with English Premiership clubs. A trip to a French training camp will be followed by a game against Sale on Saturday, August 18, and a visit to Exeter the next Thursday.
The Warriors head also warned the competition for jerseys has started in earnest.
Townsend added: "The lads know that as we get closer to the friendlies the more vital each training session gets.
"I believe we have a squad with the type of depth which can help us get to the next level."