We've no idea what the Lions are up to at their training camp but it looks like important work

Are the lads about to rob a bank in the nip?

A NUMBER OF Warren Gatland’s Lions squad have assembled in Wales for an intensive training camp as preparations for this summer’s tour of New Zealand begin in earnest.

With many players still involved with their clubs ahead of the weekend’s Guinness Pro12 and Aviva Premiership semi-finals, the Lions coaching staff have been working with reduced numbers at the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence.

Ulster’s Rory Best, Jared Payne and Iain Henderson are among the players being put through their paces and after a long, hard season recovery is key ahead of a grueling tour.

After a weights session this morning, the players headed for what we can only assume are cryotherapy chambers and Dan Sheridan of Inpho photography was given access all areas to bring us these interesting shots.

Sam Warburton, Ross Moriarty and Greig Laidlaw

Sam Warburton, Ross Moriarty and Greig Laidlaw Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Joe Marler and Sam Warburton

Joe Marler and Sam Warburton Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland captain Rory Best

Rory Best Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Jonathan Joseph looks to be in decent shape

Jonathan Joseph Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Jared Payne couldn’t get out of there quick enough

Jared Payne Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Gatland is a big fan of cryotherapy sessions and previously packed his Wales squad off to Poland before the 2011 World Cup to avail of the chambers over there.

Cryotherapy is designed to accelerate the recovery process through the draining of lactic acid and players generally spend three minutes in a chamber set at a temperate of -250 degrees.

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail and all that.

Rory Best in the gym this morning

Rory Best Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Sam Warburton putting in the hard work

Sam Warburton Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Jared floating

Jared Payne Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Iain Henderson; a picture of concentration

Iain Henderson Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As was Joe Marler

Joe Marler Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The boss watching over proceedings

Warren Gatland Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ben Te’o stretching

Ben Te'o Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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