Joe Wicks reducing PE lessons so he can have 'a rest'

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Joe Wicks takes part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief Big Night In on 23 April. Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Body coach Joe Wicks has announced plans to reduce his live PE lessons to three days a week.

PE With Joe on YouTube has been a huge hit with people of all ages as Wicks has strived to keep people fit and active during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the 33-year-old has announced plans to take his interactive sessions down to three days per week so he can “have a rest”.

Addressing viewers during Monday’s session, Wicks said: “I have got an announcement. This is going to be the last full week of PE with Joe. As of next week I’m reducing the timetable slightly.

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“From next week we’ll do Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – three days a week, three workouts to choose from.”

Joe Wicks backstage at BBC Children in Need's 2019 Appeal night at Elstree Studios in November 2019. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Between star jumps, he explained: “You can still come and take part but I’m reducing the timetable, I just need a bit of a rest really, I need to have a bit of a break.

“A lot of the schools have gone back now, but for 13 weeks strong we’ve smashed it, haven’t we, we’ve done well.

“I’m not leaving, just reducing. You can still come and take part, and if you miss the sessions because of school, you can do them after as they save to the channel.

“I hope you’ve enjoyed it for 13 weeks, it’s a lot of exercise and I hope you all feel stronger.”

The PE sessions have proved hugely popular and Wicks’ YouTube page has over 2 million subscribers.

As well as keeping the country’s children active during this unusual time, the dad-of-two has also been raising money for charity.

He revealed via Instagram earlier this month that he had raised half a million pounds for NHS charities.

Posting on the site, he wrote: “We did it. We’ve now raised £500,000 for @nhscharitiestogether from the sales of the PE with Joe T-shirts and all of the youtube ad revenue on all 55 #pewithjoe workouts.

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“This is just fantastic and something I never planned on doing when I had the idea for PE with Joe.”

If you want to take part in PE With Joe, visit his YouTube page, where you can find past sessions and tune in with a live one from 9am each morning this week, and Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from next week.