Fighting fit

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

THREE intrepid Exmouth fitness instructors face the toughest job interview of their lives tomorrow- after they were short-listed to compete in the resurrected TV show, Gladiators. Duty manager of Exmouth Swimming and Leisure, Nick Paynter, 33, from Withyc

THREE intrepid Exmouth fitness instructors face the toughest job interview of their lives tomorrow- after they were short-listed to compete in the resurrected TV show, Gladiators.Duty manager of Exmouth Swimming and Leisure, Nick Paynter, 33, from Withycombe Village Road, Simon Minting, 24, of Convent Road, Sidmouth, and Joe Rosser, 25, from Pines Road applied for a place on the iconic programme, which is making a comeback to TV screens later this year.All three are going to be taken to an undisclosed location to be put through their paces at the audition.Nick said: "I loved the show, and it was what inspired me to join the gym in the first place. I always wanted the chance to give it a go. "They asked strange questions in the application like how many press ups can you do in 30 seconds and how fast can you run the 100 metres."When I saw it advertised I knew I had to give it a go - it taps into people's primal urges."I am a little nervous, but really excited. It's not about public exposure, it's about personal goals, and to get on the show would be fantastic." In its heyday, the show regularly had 14 million people watching it but was axed in 2000 because of falling viewing figures.Joe said: "I used to watch it, and always really wanted to have a go - but I wasn't old enough."I thought 'I could do that.' Obviously, it's harder than it looks."I think people are getting fed up with things like Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night and the time is right for it to make a comeback."Simon said: "Traditionally guys of average size like us have done well because they are faster than the gladiators. It should be fun!

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