Video: Sheffield United players put through their paces by city boxing coaches

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Sheffield United players swapped hitting the net for hitting the punch bags as pre-season training took a somewhat different path than normal.

Coaches from Sheffield City Boxing Club put Blades, including new signing James Wilson, through their paces at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and it didn't take long for the footballers to work up a sweat.

Sheffield United players are put through their paces with a boxing session at English Institute of Sport

Sheffield United players are put through their paces with a boxing session at English Institute of Sport

Starting off with perfecting their stance, the players eventually took out their frustrations on the punch bag and quickly realised how hard boxers work in their own training.

However, as tough as it was, striker Billy Sharp was happy to try something new.

"It was enjoyable, it was good to do something different rather than football," he said. "It was good of them to show us their sport and we appreciate their time out in taking us. It was hard work."

As different and difficult as it was, Sharp admitted that pre-season under new manager Chris Wilder has been impressive as a whole, with the emphasis on improving technique rather than energy sapping runs up hills.

Marc 'The Blond Bombshell' McNulty keeps his guard up

Marc 'The Blond Bombshell' McNulty keeps his guard up

"We've obviously been doing some running but we've had the balls out from day one so credit to the gaffer he's let us have the balls out and get used to those straight away," added Sharp. "After the first week we've improved on the ball and in our fitness. We've got five weeks to get to full fitness but the gaffer's wanting us to be right at it and be as fot as possible as quick as possible."

Matt Done goes to work on the punch bag at the EIS

Matt Done goes to work on the punch bag at the EIS