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Joe Wicks: 'I've never worked so hard as I have in the last six weeks'

He's the Instagrammer turned publishing phenomenon who built a fitness empire worth millions. But, Joe Wicks tells Orla Neligan, it's only since helping families around the world keep fit during the pandemic that he's found his true calling - just don't ask him to take his top off...

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Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks

BBC Children in Need/Comic Relie

Joe Wicks

'Sorry if I'm a bit sleepy, I just had a nap," yawns Joe Wicks as he plonks down, gym-gear casual, in a chair in his sitting room, a familiar view to millions around the world who have been tuning in every morning at 9am for his online workouts streamed live from his home in Surrey.

It's 2pm on a day much like every other, somewhere around week seven of lockdown and Wicks is feeling the pace, which jars somewhat with the Wicks we saw bouncing around our screens just hours earlier like a gazelle in pursuit, encouraging us to "touch our toes" and "keep going".

As he rubs his eyes I glimpse the underlying exhaustion that lingers over all working parents of young children like an invisible weight. He's been up since dawn with his three-month-old son Marley and two-year-old daughter Indie, answering emails and planning his day as the world's much-loved PE teacher. And, to top it off, his broken wrist, the result of a bike accident, is causing him sleepless nights. [A few days after we speak, Wicks's wife, Rosie, has to step in to help him lead his daily classes after he has to undergo surgery on the wrist].