Strictly Come Dancing star Jason Bell insists training for show is just as tough as NFL

‘Fear motivated me!’ Strictly Come Dancing star Jason Bell insists training for the ‘mentally and physically exhausting’ show is just as tough as his career in the NFL

Jason Bell says training for Strictly Come Dancing is as exhausting as his days as an NFL star.

The US athlete, 42, is currently competing on the hugely popular UK dance competition, and while he is only one live show down, the experience has already taken its toll. 

Jason admitted that his ex Nadine Coyle along with his Strictly pro partner Luba Mushtuk have both helped him prepare for the BBC show. 

Tough! Jason Bell says training for Strictly Come Dancing is as exhausting as his days as an NFL star, as he speaks out ahead of the BBC series’ second live show this weekend (pictured with pro partner (Luba Mushtuk)

Speaking to William Hill, for which he is an ambassador, the player turned pundit compared the training regime to football camp. 

‘Strictly training compares to football practice like NFL training camp starts. You train all off season to get on the field but when you actually get on to the field you still have to get into ‘football shape’, he explained. 

‘It’s the same with Strictly. No matter how in shape I thought I was in, you can’t get in dance shape unless you actually dance!’

The star, who is currently prepping for the second live show on Saturday, continued: ‘Football practice and Strictly training are both different but hard. Similar in that they are both mentally and physically exhausting, but the difference with dancing is that you don’t have an opponent.’

Athlete: The US athlete, 42, is currently competing on the hugely popular UK dance competition, and while he is only one live show down, the experience has already taken its toll

Athlete: The US athlete, 42, is currently competing on the hugely popular UK dance competition, and while he is only one live show down, the experience has already taken its toll

‘It’s more of an individual/duo combination for Strictly but you aren’t smashing into other people! It actually makes dance harder because you don’t have a clear opponent.’

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