Stenhousemuir players returned to pre-season training on Tuesday – just four weeks after the last campaign drew to a close.
That might explain why the Warriors squad looked to be in great shape, with little time to pile on the pounds on holiday.
Warriors boss Brown Ferguson led the session at Ochilview, which included no fewer than six new signings.
Striker Allan Smith was the latest new recruit to sign up when he joined from Dunfermline Athletic last week.
“It was a little bit like the first day of school,” Ferguson told Heraldsport. “The new guys are now settling themselves in.”
While pre-season training in Scotland has traditionally involved lung-bursting cross-country runs and other fearsome fitness regimes, Ferguson pointed out that methods have evolved considerably.
“The main aim of pre-season training is conditioning, there’s no getting away from that,” he said. “But we’re also looking to make the players robust, so they avoid injuries, and to prepare themselves for the kind of football we will be playing.
“The new players also have to fit themselves in and get to know everyone and what the club is all about.
“There’s a lot to cram in four weeks.”
Stenhousemuir’s first friendly match is against Livingston at home on Saturday, July 4. Premiership new boys Hearts will visit for a further friendly at Ochilview the evening of Monday, July 6.
The Warriors are due to play their first competitive match of the new campaign on Saturday, July 26 in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup, the draw for which will be made on Monday.