Joe Wicks may 'burst into tears' as he works out for 24 hours straight

Joe Wicks might have been awarded an MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours, but that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his mission of spreading fitness cheer, as he this week announced his attempt to work out for 24 hours straight.

Taking on the fitness challenge for Children In Need, Wicks revealed on Thursday morning he may just ‘burst into tears’ during the full-on all-day event.

The Body Coach, 35 – who became a national icon after his massively popular PE With Joe workouts got the world exercising during lockdown, also raising £580,000 for the NHS – is hoping to raise millions after revealing he has signed up for next month’s ‘savage’ ordeal.

Saying the Radio 2 BBC Children In Need Challenge will be a ‘real test of endurance’, he told PA: ‘It’s going to be tough, I’m not going to sleep, there’s no end to it. I’ve just got to keep going.’

He added: ‘It will be draining and I know that when you get true fatigue and you’re really exhausted, you get really emotional. I’ll probably end up, at some point, bursting into tears.’

The PE guru, who is Children In Need’s schools ambassador, will be allowed a five-minute toilet break every hour, however it’s not the full bladder that’s concerning him – it’s the fatigue.

‘I think when it gets to 3, 4, 5am, I’m going to really want to cry myself to bed…,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be savage. It’s going to be really intense, really draining.’

In order to make sure he lasts the challenge without falling into a heap, Wicks – who’s hoping to raise millions during the endeavour – said he’s been advised to consume 10,000 calories, which is what he’ll burn through during the 24 hours.

He explained: ‘Even if you’re eating loads of burgers, ice cream and chocolate, to eat 10,000 calories is still… very tough.

‘But I’m sure we’ll make some high calorie drinks, and get some avocado and peanut butter in there and fatten it up.

‘Hopefully, I’ll have predominantly healthy food but with the odd chocolate bar or packet of fruit gums.

‘I want to keep my blood sugar levels stable rather than just smashing the sweets and the chocolate.’

Wicks’s challenge is a little different to last year’s, which saw Rylan Clark-Neal take on a 24-hour karaoke fest for the charity, with surprise guests keeping spirits up across the day and night.

Sadly, even though Wicks will definitely be in need of a physical pep up amid the intense challenge, star guests will only be able to join him virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chatting to Zoe Ball on Radio 2 this morning, he said: ‘They’re going to keep all the guests a secret, to surprise and inspire me and motivate me through the way. You know I’d have loved to have guests come along and do a bit of working out with me, but I know the BBC are going to do an amazing job and I’m going to be there all through the day and night…’

Wicks will do everything from his signature HIIT workouts to rowing, using the treadmill and yoga, but despite not being out there actually climbing a mountain, the fitness icon recognises it’s still a ‘real test of endurance’ to last 24 hours.

He will work out live on BBC Radio 2 from the BBC Studios in London and viewers can watch his efforts on the Red Button and BBC iPlayer across the 24 hours, with the final moments of the challenge, on the morning of the BBC Children In Need Appeal day, to stream live on YouTube with schools joining.

Best of luck and God speed, mighty Joe Wicks.

The Joe Wicks 24-Hour PE Challenge will begin at 9.25am on November 12, with Wicks hoping to keep going until 9.25am the following day. Money raised will go towards supporting children and young people across the UK facing disadvantages. Audiences will be able to donate at bbc.co.uk/radio2

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