Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Rachel Riley battered and bruised!

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Strictly Come Dancing's Rachel Riley has been left battered and bruised by the show.

The telly host has been posting some strong scores on the show this year, but it's had quite an impact on her body.

But while Rachel does have some battle marks from all the training, she also revealed she's fitter and more toned than ever.

“I’ve been battered and bruised from the lifts during salsa week and they caught up with me," Rachel explained. “My ribs have got to the point where it still hurts and will probably hurt for the rest of the series. They are bruised internally.

“Every dance, I have to hold my core and it hurts, so you have to push through. I’ve not cried yet.

“My husband checks up on me and buys me smoothies, herbal supplements, painkillers and ice packs to keep my muscles going.”

Speaking to The Sun, the Countdown presenter told how she's now competing with her husband for abs!

“I don’t recognise my body. Even my belly button has changed!" Rachel declared. “My husband has noticed I have a core now. He is really sporty — he goes to the gym and has an eight-pack, so seeing me do that has made him shocked.”

Browse pictures of yesterday evening's Strictly Come Dancing performances below...

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