Renowned fitness expert MBE was named to the Queen’s Honors list for her birthday last month, for his efforts to keep the nation fit during the first national lockdown
Wicks – also known as The Body Coach – believes a stay fit session is a convenient way to end a « challenging » year
“2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, so what better way to end it by raising money for BBC Children in Need, a charity very close to my heart,” Weeks said.
The country’s new favorite physical education teacher encourages people to join in at home, posting pictures of their exercise on social media
Basically, the Challenge – which was announced last month – will see Wicks trying to work out all day and all night
He will do a range of activities, from cycling to yoga and boxing to rowing and HIIT [high intensity] workouts
Over the course of 24 hours, it will be joined roughly by a host of celebrity guests – including the hosts of BBC Radio 2, who will be broadcasting live
TV viewers will also be able to follow Wicks’ efforts live on the Red Button and iPlayer
Last year, Rylan Clark-Neal took on the great 24-hour Ka-RY-oke Challenge that the character and TV presenter raised more than 2 million pounds for the same charity, which helps underprivileged children and youth in the UK
In 2018, Presidents of Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2 Rev, Kate Butley and Jason Mohamed completed the Salford Quays cold-water swim challenge
The 34-year-old TV presenter and author led free fitness classes on weekdays throughout the initial lockdown period for kids and parents
Some people have credited him with helping to change the course of their lives. “Before the lockdown, I had no exercise, nothing at all,” said Vanessa Taylor, of Rochdale. “Now, I do it every day except for Sunday.”
In June, with some schools now back, Weeks told viewers he would move to a reduced schedule he said, « I need a little rest »
Weeks said his online training has attracted nearly 70 million views worldwide, which he described as « really amazing » and wrote on Instagram: « I feel honored to have been able to get so many people together during the lockdown. » p>
When appearing on Desert Island tablets this summer, Weeks – who was born and raised in Epsom, Surrey – talks about the difficulties he faced growing up and how his life has changed due to his father’s addiction to heroin.
He stressed that seeing the effect of drugs on his father meant that he was never inclined to try them on his own.
He told Radio 4, « I was afraid of him and got into exercise and fitness, and so his mistake changed my life. »
This year’s Children in Need is broadcast on BBC One from 19:00 on Friday, November 13th.
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