It’s been just weeks since all 15 celebrity contestants taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017 were confirmed, but as the date of the launch show on 9th September fast approaches, the training for the famously intense dancing competition is now well underway.
The Strictly regime is famous for not being an easy one. It’s been said that one year, the celebrity contestants were putting in a collective 300 hours a week of training between them!
And when the show has been on in the past, rumours have been rife that
in the weeks leading up to the live shows, celebrities endure gruelling days, that start at 9am and often don’t finish until 8pm, in order to get
Celebrities including Kimberley Walsh have in the past also spoken
out about their intense Strictly training sessions. In 2013, she opened
up about impact the gruelling schedule had on her.
She revealed, “At times it really messed with my
head, and there were a few moments when I thought I was going to lose it
(Kimberley on Strictly in 2013, with partner Pasha Kovalev)
But it appears that this year’s pack of celebs were all well aware of the challenge facing them. Brian Conley, the eighth confirmed contestant, admitted “I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but I’m up for the challenge”, while Eastenders star Davood Ghadami revealed “It’s going to be exciting, challenging, and terrifying all at once!”.
And although some of this year’s batch of celebrities appear unfazed by the practise they have coming up, others appear to be taking a bit longer to get used to it.
Gemma Atkinson, who has recently unveiled an impressively toned figure and trains regularly, has previously said, “Anything thrown at me physically too, I know I can handle it. The way I train, I get to the point where it’s painful and I think: ‘Right! It’s working!'”
But it seems one celebrity, Ruth Langsford, is finding things slightly more difficult to begin with. In a candid Twitter post, she’s revealed just how tough the training is, as she begins rehearsals for the live shows in a few weeks.
(Ruth revealing she was taking part on Strictly live on This Morning)
She shared, “Oh my god. I have just got back from my first ever Strictly rehearsal, for the group dance.
“Look at the state of me. Sweating is not the word for it – that is an understatement.”
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Pointing to her hair, she continued, “I’ve got hairspray and all sorts in there, and sweat on top of that. I’m exhausted.”
But ever optimistic, Ruth also went on to reveal how much she enjoyed her first dalliance with ballroom dancing.
She said, “It was such fun. I met everybody else, it was really exciting. The dancers are all lovely. The team and the crew are all lovely and I just feel very comfortable, even though I was rubbish!
“Yesterday I was having a really big anxiety moment thinking, ‘What if I don’t want to do this? I should have lost weight. I should have had dance lessons!’ But now I’m just going, ‘This is going to be so much fun.'”
But the training has clearly left Ruth with some side-effects a day on, as she tweeted revealing how much her body has been left aching.
She admitted, “I actually have muscles I didn’t know I had! In my legs specifically, and one there, in my buttocks!
But Ruth needn’t worry – her fellow Loose Women co-stars and famous friends have been offering her little tidbits of advice to help her through the training, which we’re sure will prove to come in very handy.
It appears that Lisa Snowdon, who took part in the show in 2008, has some very practical advice to share with Ruth.
Ruth said, “I was working with Lisa Snowdon recently and she said,
‘Make sure you get some blister spray for when you are training because
you will get blisters,'”
And Ruth’s fellow This Morning co-star, Alison Hammon, also shared her wise insight on taking part in the gruelling dancing competition.
She shared, “Alison Hammond has also said to me, ‘Make sure
you wear your shoes in. Get them early and make sure you wear them
around the house maybe with some socks to soften them up a bit.’ Every
single one of them including Lisa Riley who I work with on Loose Women
has said it is the best experience of their lives and just enjoy it
which is what I intend to do.”
So how will she fare as the weeks go on? Don’t worry Ruth – we’re sure it’ll all get a little easier!