Adam Peaty has outlined just how gruelling his training has been for Strictly Come Dancing 2021 so far, admitting that on one day, he ‘didn’t think he could walk’ due to the amount of pain he was in.
Last Saturday evening, Adam and his professional dance partner Katya Jones performed their first routine of the competition, delivering a lively Cha-Cha that delighted the judges.
The Olympian is set to don his ballroom shoes for this week’s show, taking on an intense Quickstep in an effort to stay in the running for the Glitterball Trophy.
On Thursday’s edition of Lorraine, Adam, 26, and Katya, 32, spoke to Lorraine Kelly from the dance studio, with the swimmer explaining how switching up his training for the ballroom dance has taken some getting used to.
The Olympic gold medallist said that he was suffering from ‘very, very, very sore feet’, as he woke up one day thinking: ‘I don’t think I can walk today, never mind dance.’
He outlined how the speedy change of direction required for the Quickstep was to blame.
‘This is why my feet hurt so much, because I’ve got to change directions so quickly and I’m always on my tiptoes,’ he said.
‘Literally 95kg going in my toes, so I can’t walk, but we’re nearly there.’
Nonetheless, we have faith in Adam that he’s going to pull out all the stops, as he repeatedly stressed how he views his time on Strictly as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’.
Lorraine asked Adam how Strictly training compares to his preparations for the Olympics, with the athlete explaining how when it comes to the Olympic Games, competitors usually have around five years to get ready.
That’s extremely different to his time on the BBC programme, where he has only around a week to make sure he’s ready to rock the dancefloor.
Adam said that he can’t allow himself to ‘fall out of the mental zone’, because then Katya ‘has a go at me and she shouts at me’.
‘So it’s very very full on, you’ve got to turn up every single day, no matter how tired you are or or how much you got going on in your own life or business or whatever, you’ve still got to turn up,’ he said.
He added he takes the training ‘very seriously’, saying: ‘I don’t really like to do things half-hearted, I’m always either all in or all out and on Strictly, I’m all in so I’m literally giving every ounce of energy.
‘I literally can’t move at the end of the day. I’m aware this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want to make the most of it.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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