Will physical kill radio stars?

New Signal 1 breakfast presenter Andy Cook is set for a shock on Wednesday when he and station producer Aaron are put through their paces at Stoke on Trent College.

The pair will be putting their fitness to the test in a series of challenges against staff and students at the college who are training for careers in sport and the Armed forces.

Needless to say the challenges will be tough, as they will be Army standard and will include a six minute cardio test on a bike, climbing a rotating wall and carrying Jerry cans over an assault course!

Anthony Brannen, Assistant Director Sports and Leisure at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Before we put the Signal team to the test we will check they’re up to the challenge by taking them along to our sports analysis suite where we’ll check their blood pressure, body composition and lung function.

“Then before they have chance to catch their breath we’ll put them through their paces in our sports hall, where they’ll be expected to complete the kinds of test our Public Services students use to prepare them for a career in the Army or any of the uniformed services.”

Standing on the sidelines cheering the Signal team on will be longstanding breakfast show presenter Louise Stones, who will be willing them to survive and providing live feedback to the studio on how the pair progress.

She said: “I thought a bit of exercise would do Aaron good and be a great way to welcome my new co-presenter Andy Cook to the team and find out what he’s made of!

“But now I’ve found out what they’ll be up to I’m beginning to wonder whether I’ll need to practice CPR first, otherwise I may end up running the breakfast show on my own!”

Stoke on Trent College is currently enrolling students for its Sports and Public Services courses, and a state-of-the-art sports centre is set to open at the Cauldon Campus in September. To find out more about the Public Services and sports courses on offer at Stoke on Trent College call 01782 208208 or visit www.stokecollege.ac.uk

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