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And there were probably broad smiles all round. Murphy insists that Fulham’s pilates sessions are a little more intense than the ones you’d find at your local gym, not least because they are being run by an ex-Olympian.

We haven’t been here before so there’s a couple of different things we have to cater for. One is getting fitter that bit earlier than normal because you are normally aiming for mid-August to peak at your fitness.

So we’re doing specialist work, Pilates stuff. It’s not my favourite. I’d rather be doing other things. It’s core work, balancing. Working on making the midriff strong. The lads are getting into it now.

Ours is at the highest level in terms of intensity. The benefits outweigh doing a 9am class at the local gym with the mums.