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Chelsea appoint new first-team strength and conditioning coach — report

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Lampard reportedly brings over Adam Burrows from Derby County

Chelsea Pre-Season Training Session Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

As reported by the website Training Ground Guru, Frank Lampard has added another one of his former Derby County staff to Chelsea, hiring Adam Burrows as the new “first-team strength and conditioning coach”.

Burrows, whose last day at Derby was on Friday, joined the Rams as an intern eight years ago, working his way up the ranks to the first-team, where worked for the past three years, including last season with Lampard & Co in charge. Burrows had initially stayed with the Rams as Lampard and assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones (both ex-Chelsea) returned to the Blues, but that’s now changed.

We can only guess the reason behind the move, but perhaps Chelsea’s poor injury record this season has served as part-motivation. As Burrows described his role last year for Rams TV, he works predominantly in the gym, which is an area that was largely neglected last season despite most modern methods of training agreeing on the importance of a well-rounded regimen (including weights!).

“I work predominantly in the gym, working on strength, power and areas of injury risk, so that when the players go outside they are in the best condition to be able to deal with the training demands.

“From 10am onwards, we do activation, which prepares the players for training so they can get the most from the session and is also used as a conditioner. We design the session to crescendo in terms of intensity, so that when we finish everyone feels ready to jump, sprint, do technical and tactical work, whatever it may be.”

-Adam Burrows; source: Training Ground Guru

Welcome, Adam. Let’s get to work!