Well done for wanting to get fit with Joe Wicks - his 'PE with Joe' sessions on YouTube have seen millions of streams since they began in March, and he's raised an incredible amount of money since then.
By watching the videos or buying one of his specially'designed t-shirts, he's raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the NHS - so doing these workouts is incredibly helpful for both you and those that are working on the frontline.
You want to know one thing though: how to get working out through PE with Joe, and we have all the information you need below to get right to YouTube.
We're also showing you how to stream the video from the smaller smartphone or tablet screen to your larger TV so you don't need to be huddled around a small display to take on Joe Wicks' PE workout on YouTube.
What time does Joe Wicks’ PE lesson start each day - and how can I watch the workout?
Ready to get training with Joe? Well, you'll need to head to his Body Coach TV channel, where he's posting the videos for PE with Joe every day.
Remember if you’re itching to get your slice of Wicks live each day, then you’ll need to have YouTube open and waiting at 9AM BST each day.
The best thing to do to get ready is head to the Body Coach TV YouTube home page, where he'll be listing the week's sessions - they'll go live around 9AM, so just be ready for then.
You'll see a countdown timer on the mantelpiece, and that's when things will get going properly - if the time is yellow, it's still warmup time.
Pay special attention to the warm up and cool down routines - those will help to keep you feeling limber and less stiff in the next few days - Joe Wicks has created one of those to help out on his channel (as he's often too busy reading messages viewers have sent in to do a full cool down in the PE with Joe session):
What's the format of PE with Joe Wicks?
Most days it's a traditional twenty minute session broken into two 10 minute halves, with a two minute rest in between.
Sometimes he'll mix things up by extending the sessions and shortening the recovery but you're always getting just enough rest to keep you ready for the next workout.
And sometimes some sessions are slightly 'alternative', with things like a coin flip, a set of cards or a wheel of fortune deciding the exercises for you. It doesn't always work (two dice being rolled have a much higher chance of hitting some numbers than others, so we did a lot of burpees that day) but it's a good way to keep things interesting.
For the younger ones (and the adults too, if we're honest) there's also a daily quiz of facts to help you learn, as well as a 'spot the difference' to see what's changed in the room he performs his workouts from.
Plus there's always the chance to see his children run in, and every Friday he gets dressed up in fancy dress for the cunningly-named 'Fancy Dress Friday'.
(New to PE with Joe? If doing these sessions feels like too much to start with, Joe has just created a beginners' workout - you can check that over on his YouTube channel now).
- Grab a cheap fitness tracker and see your improvements
- Here's where you can buy a treadmill
- How to get fit and have fun at home during lockdown
We'd recommend doing the workout in front of a TV rather than an iPad or smartphone - and we've picked out the tech you'll need to do so. Most smart TVs can connect using the 'cast' icon (more on that below), or you can get an additional unit for cheap.
And definitely get a fitness tracker to show yourself how much fitter you're getting (and you can get some brilliant cheap fitness trackers), smart scales to follow your fitness journey, and some smart other accessories like a yoga mat to make jumping around the living room that much simpler.
How can I buy a Joe Wicks T-shirt?
We're highlighting this one because they're such hot property - these tops for kids and adults have been created specifically for the PE with Joe sessions, and 100% of the proceeds go to the NHS.
There are a number of 'unofficial' resellers out there at the moment, so the only way to be sure you're getting the real thing (made with 100% organic cotton) is through the Joe Wicks PE workout website.
They're selling out quickly and it's hard to find the size you want, but you can sign up for notifications to get a new one in.
If you're working out in front of the TV or huddled around a smartphone, here are our quick picks of what we recommend to enhance the experience:
Philips Ambilight 43-inch UHD HDR 4K TV |
£349 £299.99 at Currys
A Philips Ambilight 4K TV offers LED lighting around the back of the set which illuminate the area surrounding it with the colours of whatever is on your screen for an incredibly immersive experience - plus it has the necessary smart TV capabilities built right in.
YogaMatters Sticky Yoga Mat
You could spend literally hundreds on a yoga mat, but for those that just want something that doesn't slip around, helps their joints and sound-proofing the floor and doesn't want to spend loads, this is a top budget choice.View Deal
If you just want to upgrade your current TV to let you see what's happening on a larger display than an iPad or phone, a Chromecast or Roku stick will simply plug into a space HDMI port on the rear of your TV and allow easy streaming:
And if you want to track your heart rate and effort over the course of the workout, or just want to extend your exercise, then check out these picks:
How do I watch Joe Wicks’ PE sessions on my TV?
If you‘re interesting in getting involved with The Body Coach as it happens, and can cope with irrepressible enthusiasm as this hour, then you’ll need to have your YouTube portal open on your TV, tablet or smartphone at around 8:55AM BST.
Once ready, navigate to The Body Coach’s YouTube channel on your TV, phone or iPad (more on how to do that below).
You won't see him on camera straight away - but try to memorise all the items on his shelves as there's a daily spot the difference for the die-hard fans.
(If you want to watch it on catch up each day, at a time that suits you, then you can just follow the same instructions above, where the previous workouts will be posted to catch up on.)
How to watch Joe Wicks’ kids workout on a TV
The best way - if you’ve got the space - is to watch the workout in front of a TV. There are myriad ways to get YouTube on your tellybox, thus making it simpler to get active.
Using your smart TV
The easiest way is if you've got a smart TV into your life - and you might find that you're already connected. A simple way to find out is tapping the icon we've highlighted above and seeing if your TV or streaming device is listed. If it is, you're good to go.
If not, and your TV is connected to the internet, open up your smart hub and navigate to YouTube, where you can follow the searching instructions above to find The Body Coach TV, with a new video going live each day at 9AM GMT.
If you don't see it straight away, then it should appear just before 9AM - and Wicks gives you a few minutes to get ready too.
Using Google Chromecast
Alternatively you can use streaming sticks - one of the simplest is Google's Chromecast, which plugs into your HDMI socket and will stream content from your phone to the TV.
Fire up YouTube on your smartphone or tablet and look for the cast icon in one of the corners.
The Chromecast isn't too expensive either, and is a simple way to turn your TV smart - allowing you to stream a multitude of services (like Netflix and other streaming platforms) from your small phone screen to a larger display:
How to watch on a Roku stick:
More advanced than a Chromecast, the Roku stick turns your TV into a smart hub easily too. When plugged in, hit the 'source' button on your remote and navigate to the HDMI port where your Roku stick is located (or, with some modern TVs, just pressing the 'Home' button on the Roku remote will achieve the same thing).
From there, open the YouTube app and navigate to the Body Coach TV at 9AM GMT... or fire it up on your smartphone or tablet and look for the 'cast' icon above, tap it and see if the Roku is listed (which it should be if all devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network).
How to watch Joe Wicks’ PE workout on an iPad
You’ve got two options here: if you’ve already got the YouTube app downloaded onto your tablet, then just search for ‘The Body Coach’ and click the icon at the top of the screen for ‘Body Coach TV’.
From there you’ll see a list of all the videos, and at 9AM the new option should pop up - although you may need to refresh.
You can achieve the same thing if you don’t have the iPad app by heading to your Safari or Chrome browser and clicking the link to the The Body Coach’s YouTube channel - you can play the video directly from there, and hit the full-screen option in the bottom right-hand corner.
What HIIT timer does Joe Wicks use?
There are lots of options for free use, but if you want to use it regularly and not get irritated by having to create workouts again and again (as well as supporting developers, a lovely thing to do whenever you're using an app a lot) you'll need to make an in-app purchase.
If you're serious about making the most out of your workouts - whether that's HIIT, Tabata or just standard running - it's definitely worth a look.
How to catch up on Joe Wicks' other PE workouts
If you missed anything, or want to browse previous workouts, they're all available on his YouTube channel (do subscribe if you're going to be a regular, as he has loads of top workouts there too) or you can use this link to start at the very beginning. Maybe if you've got time on your hands you can:
Begin your journey with Joe Wicks - the first week's playlist right here
- Need to educate your children from home? Check out our list of the best homeschooling apps and platforms