I’m a new Gladiator and tried brutal Anthony Joshua training session with my protective boot – I nearly died!

Ahead of the reboot of legendary TV show Gladiators, one of the stars has put herself through a rigorous workout despite wearing a protective boot.

Ella-Mae Rayner, who will be ‘Comet’ when the show returns is a former gymnast and diver who also competed in University Cheerleading Championships while she studied sport science.

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Rayner, who will be known as Comet on Gladiators, was left knocking on death’s door after the gruelling workoutCredit: Instagram @ellamaerayner
Former gymnast Rayner loved Jet and is following in her footsteps joking she is Jet 2.0

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Former gymnast Rayner loved Jet and is following in her footsteps joking she is Jet 2.0Credit: @BBCGladiators IG

A gym fanatic, she hasn’t let a broken ankle – an injury sustained while filming for the show – keep her from training.

She even decided to try an Anthony Joshua training exercise – while sporting a protective boot.

AJ has been putting himself through some extensive measures as he prepares to fight twice before the end of the year.

He takes on Robert Helenius this Saturday and there is a prospective clash against Deontay Wilder this winter.

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And part of his gruelling workout has gone viral with gymgoers taking it upon themselves to see how they get on when working out like a 6ft 6in former heavyweight champion of the world.

That has included Comet, who admitted the workout nearly killed her!

Putting her cructhes to one side, she took on:

Battle ropes
Sled pulls (she can’t obviously do sled pushes)
Kettlebell swings (modified from walking lunges)
Ski machine
Medicine ball slams
Kettlebell Romanian deadlift (modified from jumping squats)
Air bikes (modified from mountain climbers)
Ab crunches

Comet had to modify a few sessions due to her ankle injury such as the sled push becoming a slide

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Comet had to modify a few sessions due to her ankle injury such as the sled push becoming a slideCredit: Instagram @ellamaerayner
Breaking her ankle during filming, her crutches were nearby

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Breaking her ankle during filming, her crutches were nearbyCredit: Instagram @ellamaerayner
Gladiator contestants better beware as nothing can stop a Comet

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Gladiator contestants better beware as nothing can stop a CometCredit: Instagram @ellamaerayner

She wrote on Instagram: “I tried Anthony Joshua’s circuit training session (slightly modified) and nearly died.

“As if he does nine rounds of this.”

The fitness model then urged her 281,000 Instagram followers to get involved telling them: 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off repeat nine times – or as many as you can do.”

While the Gladiators reboot has yet to receive a pencilled in date, excitement is building over seeing the show return.

The programme became incredibly popular in the 1990s with cast members including Wolf, Cobra, Jet and Hunter becoming household names.

Rayner is a former gymnast and trains six times a week

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Rayner is a former gymnast and trains six times a weekCredit: IG @ellamaerayner
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The epic 90s show Gladiators is set for a reboot

Rayner is one fan who is now living the dream.

“I loved watching Gladiators growing up,” she said.

“I specifically remember Jet, she was an icon for me as a child and one of the reasons I become a gymnast.

“I can’t believe I will be following in her footsteps. It really is a dream come true”.

With filming for the return over, Rayner was forced to initially rest and posted from her hospital bed: “During the filming of one of the games I sustained a severe foot injury.

“Multiple scans and X-rays later I found out that I had broken my ankle and foot in multiple places, including the talus and something known as a lisfranc injury, ruptured three ligaments and dislocated a bone.”

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She then joked: “If you’re going to do it, do it properly, right?!”

Rayner has since shown her followers her progress as she bounces back, something she says she has done before.

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