Following England’s third national lockdown, Joe Wicks brought back PE with Joe to keep children active following school closures in place until mid-February.
Wicks, also known as the Body Coach, decided to bring back the free YouTube live workouts he launched during the first lockdown, stating he wanted to “help young children and families get through this difficult time when schools are closed, to bring some energy, change their mood and hopefully lift their spirits”.
It looks like he’s doing a good job of it, with more than 120,000 people from all over the world joining in live for the first relaunched session on Monday 11th January. Wicks confirmed the numbers following the workout.
Just like last time, the exercises are specifically designed for children, but the format has been altered slightly with a new schedule and a shorter video length. Fortunately, Wicks is keeping Dress Up Friday, so feel free to bring a costume along to your Friday workouts.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about PE with Joe.
How to watch Joe Wicks’ PE lessons
The sessions called PE with Joe are streamed live on Wicks’ YouTube channel at 9am three days a week. They will be 20-minutes, half the length of last lockdown’s.
They will not require any specialist equipment or large amounts of space.
The first ever class was held on Monday 23rd March 2020, when England went into the first lockdown. Joe missed a class on Friday 26th February 2021, due to some internet issues, but promised to be back streaming the following week.
Wicks has become a big name in fitness and healthy eating in recent years, with his Lean in 15 cookery books becoming national bestsellers.
“Don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’m going to take this over. I’m going to get your kids moving, getting energised, positive, optimistic,” he said.
During the first lockdown, lots of other media personalities also offered free online classes and interactive experiences to help parents and children stay entertained and learn while in lockdown – which we compiled in this TV school timetable.
What days are Joe Wicks’ PE lessons on?
PE with Joe videos will be streamed live on YouTube on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am from Monday 11th January.
This is different from last year’s sessions, which were streamed Monday to Friday. In a video posted on his Twitter account, Wicks apologised for not being able to commit to five days but hoped three days would still be able to help.
PE with Joe is back Monday 11th January at 9am(UK time) ❤️ Please Retweet and let as many parents and schools as possible know 🙌🏽 The sessions will be live Mon, Wed & Fri’s at 9am on YouTube 📺 pic.twitter.com/mbi3wXv2Nz— Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach) January 4, 2021
Do I need any equipment?
Joe Wicks online PE classes are designed to be accessible for all, featuring exercises that don’t require specialist equipment or large amounts of space, and it is expected that the new sessions will follow this rule.
As a result, all you need to take part are some clothes that are suitable to exercise in, but if you wanted to do additional workouts then other more advanced home fitness options are available.
Who is Rosie? Will she continue to appear?
Wicks’ wife Rosie Jones appeared on the 40-minute live workouts after Wicks broke a bone in his hand following a fall from his bike.
She continued to help Wicks demonstrate each workout move while he recovered from his injury. She didn’t make an appearance on the first PE with Joe relaunch on Monday 11th January, but we wouldn’t be surprised if she joined some of the future sessions.
Jones is a glamour model and former page three model, who began modelling as a teenager and set an unusual Guinness World Record in 2009 – for most bras removed and put back on in one minute (she managed a total of seven).
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