Joe Wicks has revealed that his fans have helped raise more than £200,000 through his daily PE lessons on YouTube amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Body Coach star, 33, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday, where he gave the fundraising update following six weeks of workouts, while standing alongside wife Rosie who is assisting him with lessons following surgery on his wrist.
Joe also admitted that he’s set himself a new target of £500,000, which he hopes to achieve with the help of his 2.37million subscribers, through YouTube views and charity T-shirt sales.
Joe Wicks, 33, has revealed that he has raised more than £200,000 through his daily PE lessons on YouTube following six weeks of workouts amid the COVID-19 lockdown
In his first interview since leaving hospital after having surgery on his hand, Joe told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard his ‘ambition is to raise £500,000 in the next few weeks.’
The fitness pro explained how he asked his wife to step in and assist him with lessons moving forward, after he ended up in hospital with a broken bone in his hand.
He said: ‘I broke a little bone in my hand and I had two wires put in the hand. I’ve been doing P.E. With Joe for six weeks with no problems, but on Friday I had a really bad flare up.
‘It was infected, I spent the weekend in hospital on morphine and codeine.
I texted Rosie and said, “Rosie, I need your help, I don’t think I can do this on Monday,”‘ explained the star.
Joe also admitted that he’s set himself a new target of £500,000, which he hopes to achieve with the help of his 2.37million subscribers, through YouTube views and T-shirt sales
Joe appeared on GMB on Monday, where he gave the fundraising update while standing alongside wife Rosie who is assisting him with lessons following surgery on his wrist
Helping hand: The fitness pro explained to Susanna Reid how he asked his wife to step in and assist with lessons moving forward, following surgery on a broken bone in his hand
He continued: ‘Here she is, in trouble and in strife, in fitness and in health, being my teaching assistant!’
Talking about stepping up, Rosie said: ‘I want to make it clear I’m not taking his place, I’m demonstrating exercises.
He’s going to be taking the class and I’m just doing whatever he tells me to do.’
Susanna asked if they normally work out together and Rosie said: ‘Yeah we do. I had a baby four months ago, I had a bit of a break but now I’ve got back into it.
So, I’ll either do Joe’s videos or sometimes we’ll do a workout together.’
Clarifying: Talking about her role, Rosie said: ‘I want to make it clear I’m not taking his place, I’m demonstrating exercises.
He’s going to be taking the class!’
Joe added: ‘I’m really proud of her, she’s really out of her comfort zone.
She’s not done anything like this before, so to do a live workout to probably millions of people.’
Turning to his wife, he added: ‘I’m so proud and I love you so much for it, darling, so thank you so much.’
Ben then praised Joe for being open about experiencing low moments during lockdown, to which Joe admitted: ‘I’m human. I have days where I wake up and for no reason I feel like there’s a tower over me, I feel a bit flat, my mood’s a bit low.
‘But when I do feel like that, I always come to exercise.
It’s the first thing I do. I do a little bit of fitness, go for a walk or go for a bike ride and it lifts my mood.
Switching it up: And on husband Joe wearing a suit, she joked: ‘He looks like such a teacher, but I love it.
He usually wears workout clothes all day every day’
‘And that’s what I’ve always been on a mission to do – to help people see the benefits of exercise from a mental health perspective, and then the physical transformation follows.’
On whether their daughter Indie will be joining the workout, Rosie said: ‘We thought about that but we don’t think it’s a very good idea because there’s so many wires and computer things around.
‘So we’ve planned it well and kept her up late, so we’re hoping she’s going to sleep.’
And on husband Joe wearing a suit, she joked: ‘He looks like such a teacher, but I love it.
He usually wears workout clothes all day every day.’
Daddy’s home! Opening the door to his home, little India, one, emerged holding her blanket and brandishing a huge smile as her father arrived home from hospital following surgery
Their GMB interview came after Joe arrived home on Sunday lunchtime as he returned from hospital following surgery on his wrist.
Taking to Instagram, the fitness pro shared the heart-warming moment he was greeted by his daughter indie, two who gave her dad some cuddles and ‘magic sprinkles’ for his wounded wrist.
The YouTube star concluded his afternoon with cuddles on the sofa with his two children, feeding his son Marley, five months, with a bottle.
Family matters: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the fitness pro shared his afternoon back at home, including a sweet snap of himself having cuddles on the sofa with his two children