Joe Wicks and his home PE lessons will return from today as the fitness guru helps families keep fit during another lockdown.

The Body Coach will be back in our homes via his YouTube channel from 9AM with new lessons every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Wicks first began his free online workouts during the national lockdown in March, with the sessions attracting millions of viewers.

In October it was announced the fitness influencer would be receiving an MBE as part of the Queen's honours list, having raised £580,000 for the NHS through his online workouts.

At the time, the 34-year-old described the workouts as his "greatest achievement" and said the MBE was the "icing on the cake". 

After 18 weeks and 78 live YouTube workouts, he decided to end the exercise classes aimed at kids and families saying that it’s time for him to “take some rest and recharge my batteries”.


Tomorrow morning is the final LIVE #pewithjoe workout at 9am. Let’s celebrate together 🎉🥳 We’ve been going for 18 straight weeks now so we should all feel so proud of that. I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it but it’s time for me to take some rest and recharge my batteries. It’s not the end though. I’ll be back doing more live workouts later on in the year 🙌🏽😀I think I’m going to really miss it to be honest. I started it the week that schools went into lockdown because I wanted to help support parents and help children find some happiness, use some energy and feel safe through this time. I really do believe I achieved that ❤️ Never did I imagine families all over the world would come together to take part. 80 million views 🌍 is hard to comprehend but this truly is my proudest achievement. Thank you for joining me. I’d love to see you in the morning for one last hoorah 🥳 Rosie, Indie and Marley will be joining in with me is it will be a fun one 😝

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Now his workouts are set to return, here’s what we learned last time and what we can expect as we prepare for more PE with Joe…

1. Just because it’s for kids doesn’t mean it’s easy for adults

‘How hard can it be if it’s designed for kids?’ we thought confidently on day one, and we soon found out when, after less than five minutes, we were out of breath and dripping with sweat.

That’s the power of HIIT (high intensity interval training). The short sharp blasts of exercise really get your heart rate – and your temperature – up. But we felt better whenever Wicks or his wife Rosie complained they were struggling too.

2. HIIT makes you ache like nothing else

Within 48 hours of our first session we had discovered what the experts call DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), and it felt so much worse than after any other type of exercise.

Reaching up to get something from a kitchen cupboard made our arms ache, and walking up the stairs was a Herculean effort. But you know what they say:  no pain, no gain…

3. You get used to his voice after a while


Got fully lit during this mornings silly billy 😝 Sometimes you’ve just got to let it out haven’t you?

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These days, we haven’t got a bad word to say about Wicks, but at first we found his squeaky voice, strong accent and perky personality a bit much first thing in the morning.

Gradually, we learned to love his energy and enthusiasm, and now we’re actually going miss him barking commands at us every day.

4. Fancy dress Fridays were hilarious

Wicks started dressing up in kid-friendly costumes on Fridays and the results were hilarious, from Fred Flintstone in a big black wig to Harry Potter, complete with Hogwarts wizard uniform and magic wand.

Not only did we love seeing the fitness guru jumping around dressed as Spiderman, Superman and Scooby Doo, watching him sweating even more than usual in his elaborate outfits made us feel thankful we had stuck with our gym kit.

5. Wheel of fortune workouts were fun – but hard

Sometimes Wicks would bust out a workout wheel of fortune which he’d use to decide what move to do next.

It was fun watching the colourful wheel whirring round and guessing what was coming next, but obviously it was going to land on crunches right when our abs were in agony and plank when our shoulders were killing us.

6. We got really competitive with other parents

We know that PE With Joe was meant to be all about having fun and getting fit with the kids, but we may have got just a little bit competitive about it.

Not with our families – with other parents. Instead of comparing how many glasses of wine we’d had that week we found ourselves boasting about how many PE sessions we’d done and how badly we ached – so at least it’s a healthy kind of competition.

7. Exercise is amazing for your mental health


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It’s not just the physical benefits of fitness that we’ve discovered, it’s the post-workout endorphin boost too, something that Wicks is always keen to stress.

He ended the last session today encouraging everyone to go back to the previous videos (all the PE sessions are on YouTube) and continue with daily workouts as a family.

“This is all about mental health, you’re going to be living a healthier and happier life if you exercise together, so please keep it up.”