Joe Wicks launched a new YouTube series to keep Britons across the UK entertained and in shape as they are forced to stay inside because of the coronavirus pandemic. Wicks has been donating all the money earned through his PE With Joe videos to the NHS to help medical staff get the financial support needed to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. Speaking to Good Morning Britain, the body coach confirmed his workout videos helped him raise over £80,000 ($100,000) in the past seven days.
Wicks told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he wants to reach as many people as possible with his programme to get Britons moving despite the lockdown.
He said: “I’ve been pulled in every direction because I want to reach as many people. I am not superhuman, I have days where I wake up feeling low and flat but I always use exercise to lift my mood.
“That’s what this workout at 9am is going to do. Doesn’t matter if you’re fit, superset or unfit, you’re going to move your body, get your heart pumping and you’re going to leave feeling more optimistic.
“That’s what we need more than ever. There are parents and families, for the first time ever getting up and exercising.”
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Wicks has been offering free online PE lessons to all Britons since the start of the lockdown and confirmed this week 100 percent of the proceeding of his workout videos will go to the NHS.
The body coach also said he was offered to move his classes to television but rejected the offer to ensure everyone can join him for his daily 9am lessons.
Speaking to the BBC, Wicks said: “I have decided I want to stay on YouTube because I want it to have a global reach.
“I don’t want to be exclusive to one place. I have been blown away by the response.”
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