Sean Dyche was happy to turn up the heat on his Clarets squad during the 1-1 draw against Morecambe at the Globe Arena.
Andre Gray made it two goals in two pre-season outings to cancel out Rhys Murphy’s earlier strike.
And after a hard training session on the morning of the game, Dyche was pleased with the workout as his side stepped up their fitness levels further.
He said: “It’s a fantastic workout and we’re pleased in this heat. Jim’s side are a good side, I like Jim and he always gets his teams prepared, particularly physically.
“We knew it would be a hard game and they’ve come here just for the game whereas we did a morning session and continued into it.
“We’re really pleased as it was very hot in the morning and they worked hard in the session, it wasn’t a warm-up.
“That was always the plan to bring them here in a second session scenario if you like which was the two 45 minutes and to really play hard.
“We’ve got make sure everyone is fit and injury-free. We do the base work at the training ground but in terms of games it’s a different kind of fitness.
“It’s well talked about our energy levels and how the team is fit and we always believe in that.
“It’s important the body adapts to the heat and who knows what the weather is going to be like when the season starts.
“You have to be ready so I don’t think it does any harm to play in those sort of conditions. In fact the theory is it does you good.”
The Clarets first Premier League game against Swansea City is now less than a month away, with Bradford City the next pre-season opponents on Saturday at the Coral Windows Stadium in preparation.
Dyche reiterated that that is the main focus as players look to lay down a marker to be in that starting XI come August.
“People can sometimes get carried away in pre-season good or bad, but that first games is what we’re aiming at to make sure everyone is fully fit, full of energy and ready to go.
“There are good signs from different players and pre-season is important for that as well. Players come in open-minded.
“Obviously last season the team moulded early season and in the second half there were a few changes so it’s up to players to lay down markers.”