Monday, 26 October, 2020

British children join exercise lesson from home

Coronavirus in Norfolk: Parents praise fitness guru Joe Wicks's online PE lessons | Education Physical education online: British children join exercise lesson from home
Adrian Cunningham | 25 March, 2020, 16:18

The Body Coach has been streaming live fitness classes on YouTube, with viewers tuning in around the world to join in with the workouts that are filmed in his living room.

After the success of his fantastic home workouts, Joe Wicks has revealed Channel 4 and BBC are keen to work with him.

Joe Wicks launched his first live P.E. lesson on Monday, for kids across the country whose schools have closed while the coronavirus outbreak develops.

"His YouTube streams were viewed en masse, so they offered him a deal to host a daily show for them that would air to the nation to get kids and adults on the go every morning".

MailOnline has approached both channels for comment.

Joe previously worked with Channel 4, hosting two seasons of Joe Wicks: The Body Coach in 2018.

PE With Joe is broadcast as an easy-to-follow 30 minute workout on his YouTube account at 9AM Monday-Friday.

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At the start of Monday's nearly 40-minute session, Wicks said: "I'm going to be your PE teacher for the nation", before adding that, while he thought it was just going to be for the United Kingdom, "it's turned out to be so much bigger".

Craig Shimmon, from Suffolk New College and Suffolk Rural, said: "What Joe Wicks is doing is great and as a college, we are keen to make sure everyone stays fit".

"It's not going to hold me back though, I'm not going to let you down, I'm going to be here every day".

"My 11-year-old daughter up in Glasgow just did this and absolutely loved it, thanks so much Joe, she'll see you tomorrow", Andy Downey wrote on Wicks's YouTube page, one of dozens of messages of gratitude.

"It's a workout specifically designed for kids".

"I'm going to take over".

Wicks announced last week that he would be running the sessions five days a week, Monday to Friday, pledging to "get your kids moving, feeling energised, positive, optimistic".