Blue Peter’s latest recruit learned from the best when she visited Preston Gymnastics Club.
Presenter Lindsey Russell, 22, was invited to the centre in Campbell Street to try FreeG.
She was challenged to take part in the British Gymnastics programme, which fuses traditional acrobatic tricks with kicks and leaps made famous through martial arts and stunt actors.
Lindsey spent two days with a young group of freestylers, learning various tricks with the help of the club’s qualified coaches on their bespoke FreeG equipment.
She successfully completed her challenge, performing three FreeG skills live on air with the Preston freestylers. But Charlotte Coles, head coach at the club, said this nearly didn’t happen.
She said: “Lindsey trained so hard, she crammed eight hours of training into a day and a half. She had no previous experience at all and progressed to being able to back flip on her own in the gym!
“After such an intense workout Lindsey had really bad legs, filled with lactic acid from the workout as the demands of the filming meant that she struggled to do a full cool down and also the intensity of the jumps and somersaults.
“Being a keen runner and ex-international lacrosse player, Lindsey never imagined how hard the workout would be. She couldn’t even bend her legs 5cm, let alone enough to spring high enough to safely somersault enough not to land on her neck.
“Greg Littler from UCLan’s Sports Studies department came to the rescue to work on Lindsey’s legs.
“The performance was nearly pulled from the show due to her injuries, however, Greg managed to get her jumping again enough to get a safe jumping height and she managed to complete the performance.”
You can watch the episode now at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03bjfh3/Blue_Peter_Make_the_Wolfblood_Set_Free_Gymnastics_and_Dinosaurs.