Joe Wicks

The Body Coach tells us he’s al­ready made his dream pur­chase

Now (UK) - - Contents - In­ter­view by Selina May­cock

Hav­ing sold 2.3 mil­lion books in the UK alone, Joe Wicks is the best-sell­ing non-fic­tion au­thor for the sec­ond year run­ning.

And, tak­ing a break from yelling ‘Lean in 15’ while cook­ing up a storm on so­cial me­dia, he’s al­ready writ­ten his sixth book, even though his fifth The Fat Loss Plan won’t be re­leased un­til De­cem­ber.

But Joe hasn’t been splash­ing out on de­signer clothes and lav­ish hol­i­days. Instead, his big­gest pur­chase to date is much closer to home.

Now caught up with Joe, 31, for a chat at The Bluebird 2018 pre­view at London’s Soho Hotel, where he re­vealed, ‘Ev­ery­one wants to buy their mum a house and no one thinks it’s pos­si­ble, but it hap­pened re­ally quick for me.

‘My books were sell­ing so good and I said, “Mum, I’ll buy you a house one day,” and then it hap­pened. It’s a coun­cil house. We grew up in it, so I bought it off of the coun­cil for her. She’s done it all up. She owns it now and she loves it.’

Joe, who ad­mits he doesn’t think of him­self as ‘fa­mous’, managed to per­suade 3,804 peo­ple to join him at Bri­tish Sum­mer Time in London’s Hyde Park, where he smashed the Guin­ness World Record for the largest HIIT ses­sion

– a ti­tle which he now thinks would only ever be beaten by fit­ness ri­val Kayla Itsines.

He says, ‘Some­one like Kayla could do it be­cause she’s got mil­lions of fol­low­ers, but she’s more likely to do it in Australia than in the UK. I think it will be tough [to beat my HIIT world record]; it’s not just get­ting the peo­ple, there’s se­cu­rity you’ve got to have and so many things could have gone wrong.

‘If some­one knocks me off the top, I’ll have an­other crack in a cou­ple of years – I wouldn’t do it straight away. I wouldn’t knock them. It’s doable, but you’ve got to have a bloom­ing good so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing to do it.’

Re­cently Joe, who orig­i­nally stud­ied sports sci­ence at univer­sity, has filmed a se­ries of child-friendly work­outs on Youtube, trans­form­ing him­self into a vir­tual kids’ PE teacher to im­prove the fit­ness of school chil­dren while help­ing to make them feel happy and fo­cused.

One of his youngest fans – and a bud­ding Body Coach in the mak­ing – is his 14-mon­thold nephew, Os­car.

‘He loves it,’ says Joe. ‘He al­ways watches my videos and he loves them, so, po­ten­tially, he could be the new Body Coach!’

Joe’s bought his mum the house he grew up in with his brother

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