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JJ Chalmers’ latest challenge will see him take to the dance floor when Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One. The former Royal Marine Commando sustained life-changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan before becoming a TV presenter and explained there will be some dance moves he’ll be unable to do.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, JJ explained how his injuries will affect his dancing.
JJ said: “[My body] was all stuck back together and the surgeon built me a new body.
“I spent the best part of four, five years learning how to use that body and here we are.
“Now, we’re going to find out if it’s fixed or not essentially and that’s the amazing thing about this process.”
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“There is going to be things which I am either going to struggle with and will likely get to a point where I am not able to do things,” JJ continued.
“I very much doubt I’m going to be able to go full Patrick Swayze and lift someone above my head because I can barely lift my arms above my head.
“But at the same time, I’m going to try, I’m going to be sensible and I’m going to listen to my body.”
After years of rehabilitation, JJ went on to win three medals at the 2014 Invictus Games where he captained the Trike Cycling team.
He then embarked on a career in broadcasting and will now be strutting his stuff on the Strictly dance floor.
JJ remarked: “Actually, I’m excited about when was the last time I was doing eight hours of physical activity a day.
“It was either when I was in recovery or training for the Invictus Games
“I know there is going to be a physical benefit to doing this particular posture.”
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“I’m hoping I go as far as possible because I want to see the benefit of this,” JJ added.
“And hopefully I will come out of this fitter than I have ever been and more able than I have ever been.”
Meanwhile, JJ explained why he wanted to sign up to this year’s series.
He shared: “I live out myself outside my comfort zone and to make sure that I’m always trying to become the best version of myself that I possibly can.”
“The types of opportunities and things which I’ve had in the past, learning to scuba dive or going to Afghanistan, for example, they have been pretty extreme,” he continued.
“But actually, they were inside my comfort zone because they were the kind of things I would do with ease.
“This is completely new and I plan on bringing the exact same mindset, giving it my absolute everything.”
Saturday Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday 17th October.
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