Fabian Delph insists there was plenty of "blood, sweat and tears in the gym" on the way his impressive start to the campaign.
Delph had an injury-plagued start to life in claret and blue but he is currently enjoying his best spell since completing a move from Leeds in 2009.
He has featured in all nine of Villa's Barclays Premier League games so far and also scooped back-to-back Player of the Month awards.
The 23-year-old puts his improvement down to the training regime set out for him by Paul Lambert and the medical staff.
"When I originally came back from injury I wasn't training every day and for someone like me I think I have to train every day," he said.
"When Paul Lambert came I thought I would have been training twice a week. But he was like 'no chance - you're training every day'.
"He got the medical team to push me on and I don't think I've missed a training session since he's been here, other than a few days here and there.
"He got me back training every day. We've had good fitness coaches throughout my time here.
"I've taken little bits from every one of them and managed to just do my strength work and be consistent with that and it seems to be working.
"I feel a lot stronger, a lot more confident in my physical shape.
"It's just blood sweat and tears in the gym, putting in the work - strength work and conditioning work.
"There's nothing complicated about it, it's just good old hard work."
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