Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins star Pete Wicks has revealed that he hasn't been to a gym in seven years ahead of the "super tough" show.
TOWIE star Pete, 33, is one of 14 celebrities faced with a brutal selection course run by the elite team of ex-special forces operators – Chief Instructor, Rudy Reyes and his team of Directing Staff (DS), Foxy (Jason Fox), Billy (Mark Billingham) and Remi Adeleke.
Speaking ahead of the new series, which is the longest yet and airs on Sunday 4 September at 9pm, Pete has discussed why he decided to sign up as well as his preparations for the show.
Talking about why he joined, Pete said: "I've done TV for eight years and there have only ever been two shows that I really wanted to do.
"One was Bear Grylls, which I did. And the other one was SAS: Who Dares Wins, purely because it's something that regardless of it being a TV show I'd wanted to do anyway because when would you get an opportunity to do something like that?
"It's just so different to anything I've done before. I’m fortunate to have a very pampered life, so to get the chance to test what you're truly made of was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down."
Talking about whether he had "anything to prove", the reality star admitted: "Yeah, more so to myself than anything. I hate failing at anything and because it's so different to anything I've done before.
"For me, the whole experience was about whether or not I was able to get through it. It was more about proving to myself, I think, whether or not it's something that I could do because you see things on TV and I know a lot of people who have done it in previous years.
"A lot of my friends have done it and they've always said how tough it is and you think, “oh well is it?” So yes, I just wanted to see what it was all about."
Speaking about his preparations ahead of the show, Pete revealed: "For me the fitness was probably the hardest bit because I'm not the fittest guy in the world. I haven't really been to a gym in seven years.
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"So I did a bit, but I was really busy working up to it so it was quite hard for me to properly get into it. But fitness wise, I think it was obviously f**king super, super tough.
"It was the challenges that were the bits that I was most excited about doing and you can't prepare for them. I did ask my mates whether they’d kidnap me but no one seemed up for it."
Pete was also able to ask his friends, who have previously starred on the show, for advice too as he added: "Yeah. I spoke to Vicky Pattison, Sam Thompson and James Cracknell and they all said it is really, really tough!"
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins returns to Channel 4 on Sunday 4 September at 9pm.
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