Joe Wicks has started his 24-hour PE challenge and in typical The Body Coach fashion, he didn’t hold back.
The fitness trainer, 34, kicked off a whole day (and night) of working out with one of his classic HIIT workouts for 20 minutes, promising he would bookend the workout with another 20 minute HIIT session at the end too.
Joe dubbed himself the nation’s PE teacher at the start of lockdown in March by providing free online workouts each day for children to stream on YouTube.
Now, he’s challenged himself to work out for 24 hours straight in order to raise money for Children in Need, though he worried he may burn up all of his energy too quickly at the start of his challenge.
Kicking off with one of the HIIT routines he is known for, Joe worried he might burn up all of his energy too quickly, telling the viewers: ‘I’ve got to try and pace myself because I don’t want to use all my energy up in the first workout.’
Joe’s routine consisted of star jumps, squats, and kicks, which he gave his signature twist to by making viewers put up ‘Pudsey ears’ by putting their fingers up on top of their heads.
He will also be joined by celebrity guests throughout the 24 hours, to help him keep going through the mammoth challenge.
While Joe will be working out for 24-hours straight, he will be allowed five minutes break each hour so he can eat, change his clothes and go to the toilet.
Joe revealed that he is expected to burn between 800-1000 calories an hour so he has to keep his food intake up to help him get through it.
He admitted the hardest part of the challenge – aside from the physical exertion – would be having to do it on his own without anyone else to keep him company.
Joe said: ‘I’m here on my own on this stage for 24 hours, I’ve got no visitors, I think the mental challenge will be the hardest part.
‘I think physically I’m going to be tired but I have to stay strong mentally.’
Joe’s first guest was Sam Smith, who joined in for a 10-minute workout, revealing that they had been in touch with Joe a lot for exercise advice.
Sam had initially had a little technical glitch as they joined Joe, with them not being able to hear anything though the live link at first – thankfully, it was quickly sorted and they were able to join in.
Where to watch Joe Wicks’ 24 hour PE workout for Children In Need
Joe Wicks’ 24-hour workout for Children In Need is available on iPlayer or red button.
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