Natalie needs lots of stamina for tricky techniques

Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Gumede has admitted to struggling in training.

The actress – who has been wowing the judges with partner Artem Chigvintsev – was shocked at just how tricky some of the dance routines can be.

It’s been surprisingly harder than I thought,’ says Natalie, 29.

It’s already been said that I have danced before but these dances have different techniques and styles and it has been ten years.’

The former Coronation Street star wasn’t quite prepared for the show’s physical demands after relaxing her regime.

I’ve been sitting on the sofa eating cake since then, so stamina-wise it’s a huge shock to the system,’ Natalie tells Take It Easy.

It’s been very difficult and it’s taken me by surprise how detailed the techniques are.’

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