He may have been known to viewers as Gladiator Hunter, but the star of the popular 90s Saturday night show Gladiators has revealed how he became a wild animal to prepare himself for the show. Speaking on the GladPod podcast, Gladiator Hunter, also known as James Crossley, said how he used to practice wild animal meditation to get himself mentally prepared for the show’s physical challenges.
“My mum taught me animal meditation, where you told yourself you were a different animal for each sport, and you’d get that belief that you could their skills,” he said.
“So if we were doing The Wall I’d meditate that I was a monkey for wall, if it was the Duel I’d be a Tiger, and I’d really get that belief. For me, the mental aspect was so important. I’ve never been that fast or strong, but I have a work ethic and I can get my mind 100 percent in the zone, which puts me on a level to be ok.”
Gladiator Hunter was speaking to the GladPod, hosted by Gladiator Jet, also known as Diane Youdale, and journalist David Blackmore. Together they chat to some of the show’s biggest stars and learn about being part of the smash hit that was Gladiators.
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