Joe Wicks addresses injury ahead of Children in Need marathon

Joe Wicks on his childhood influencing workouts and fitness

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Joe Wicks, 37, has taken part in an ultramarathon today for Children in Need, which will see him walk 30 miles in 11 hours to help raise vital funds for grassroots projects and local charities supported by the telethon. The fitness coach spoke to Express.co.uk about his recent shoulder injury and whether this would affect his fundraising effort.

It’s annoying!

Joe Wicks

Joe took to Instagram this week to open up about his symptoms in view of his 4.5 million Instagram followers.

Express.co.uk asked the fitness fanatic if this setback may affect his effort when completing the 30-mile walk today.

He replied: “Yeah, no, it’s only when I do things like shoulder press or lifting things. It’s annoying, but it’s definitely not going to affect my walking so I should be good!”

Joe also shared his fears of completing such a long walk, having never done anything like this before.

He shared: “I’ve never walked this far. I think the longest I have walked is ten miles.

“So it’s gonna be tough but I’m going to pace myself. I’ve got two pairs of trainers, I’ve got a few pairs of trousers and tops for if I get wet, to keep myself conformable.

“I’m sure I will get through it and I’m looking forward to it!”

Joe’s workout challenge for Children in Need comes after the personal trainer decided to stop the online PE classes that he did during the coronavirus lockdowns.

The personal trainer told the BBC he wanted to “give children structure” and help them feel “more optimistic” during the troubling time.

His workouts brought the country together, while Joe also used the opportunity to help the NHS, raising an incredible £580,000.

Although the PE lessons eventually came to an end on July 22nd that year, Joe still makes sure to keep group fitness at the centre of his campaigns, similar to his work with Children in Need.

Speaking about why he decided to stop the workouts, Joe said: “I stopped them as the lockdown ended and everyone went back to work and school, so there was no one doing the workouts in the end.

“I was exhausted, I needed a little break. But I did come back and do them in a second and a third lockdown. But the first lockdown was 18 weeks and there was a little break before the second. I gave as much as I could but I just ran out of steam in the end.”

11 years ago, Joe was handing out flyers to his Rumble In The Park classes opposite Richmond Tube station in southwest London, however, so few people turned up that he was unable to pay the money he was loaned back.

When Instagram launched a video function in 2014, Joe began uploading motivational clips about fitness and nutrition, which quickly gained traction with those looking for healthy living tips.

The videos began with Joe chatting in his kitchen, gaining confidence with each video and becoming ‘louder and cheekier’ until his community was built.

Although Joe can still see Richmond tube station from his work, it is now from his Body Coach HQ, where he employs 50 staff and turns over millions each year.

Viewers watching the Walk With Joe ULTRA Livestream across Joe’s Facebook can donate directly to BBC Children in Need. For more donation options please head to: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/

BBC Children in Need currently funds 2,200 projects and local charities across the UK, who provide guidance and support to children and young people and help them to have a safe, secure and happy childhood. BBC Children in Need’s Great SPOTacular airs on Friday 18 November at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey to find out more.

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