GWS Giants co-captain Callan Ward has revealed a recent military training cap was the hardest and toughest session he had ever taken part in.
The Giants were put through their paces with the second Commando Regiment for a 12 hour session.
Players were not informed about where they were heading or what they were doing for the session and were instructed to bring minimal supplies, and to also inform partners and families that they should not be expected to return within 48 hours.
Ward, who enjoyed one of his best season's yet in 2015, says there was plenty of benefits to get out of the grueling session.
"At the start [the drills] were very physically challenging, but most of them were more mental and you had to help your teammates through it," Ward told gwsgiants.com.au.
"As a footballer, you’re playing a team sport and if you’re thinking about yourself it's not going to work so you need everyone thinking about each other."
With the NAB Challenge just a mere month away, the Giants have turned their focus back to football with the club ramping up its skills for the 2016 season, which should see the club competing for its first finals appearance.