James Argent gets serious about weight loss as he trains to swim the channel

James Argent has been pictured training topless in Speedo’s as he prepares for a huge fitness mission.

The Only Way Is Essex favourite was pictured in the skin-tight lycra trunks as he begun training to swim the English channel with a host of other famous faces including Georgia Kousoulou and Alex Brooker.

The reality star looked a little worn out as he stepped out of his first training session with a swimming cap and a pair of goggles on his head.

With his bare torso on full display, Arg was joined by Olympian Linford Christie as he filmed for new charity show, Sink or Swim in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

The programme is set to follow the journeys of the famous faces as they are pushed to their limits in the open water.

It also sets out to tackle stigma surrounding being a ‘non-swimmer’ and encourage people of any size to embrace new fitness goals.

Arg’s ambitious mission comes as he has been trying to shed the pounds recently, following doctors’ concerns over his weight.

He is attempting to lose ten stone after piling on the pounds over the last year.

It’s quite scary,” he said of his huge weight loss goal.

“10 stone is a hell of a lot of weight and it’s a marathon. It seems like it’s not going to be a quick fix.”

Arg was previously given an ultimatum by his ex Gemma Collins to lose weight or risk losing her.

But now the pair have split, brave Arg is setting out to lose the weight purely for himself.