Guess who’s back? In the year since we last profiled The Body Coach, much has changed. Joe Wicks’ journey from boot-camp PT to Instagram sensation and bestselling cookbook author is a tale well worn. But recently the brief has widened. Average Joe has become Joe Wicks MBE. He’s become a serial fundraiser, having famously donated profits from PE With Joe to the NHS, then completing a 24-hour workout challenge raising over £2M for Children In Need. Most recently he’s been made Ambassador for lululemon.
Wicks is still the same no-nonsense, no-frills Joe, of course, but there’s a new resilience. Crucially, he’s keeping true to his commitment to transformation – not before-and-after shots of newly slim housewives but in terms of people’s livelihoods, mindsets and mental health. And he’s now also the host of a successful podcast series that quizzes famous personalities from Mo Farah to Jamie Oliver to Sir Tom Jones on their secrets to good health and happiness.
For this issue, we turned the tables and recruited luminaries from the worlds of mental health, nutrition and fitness to put their own questions to Joe. Always unflinchingly honest, his answers deal with everything from personal drive to burnout, balancing family and ambition, positivity and negativity, and even the lure of drink and drugs.
It’s a salutary story for many reasons, not least because for everyone who thought it might be nice to be like Joe Wicks – the big house, the nice family, the fame, the money – at the end of the day Joe Wicks is probably just like you. The July/August issue of Men’s Health is on newsstands today. Here's what else is in store...
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Shiny Happy People
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