Joe Wicks has announced he is planning a 24-hour exercise marathon that he admitted might leave him in tears.
He will work out for 24 hours straight – not even pausing to sleep – in his bid to make millions of pounds for the organisation.
Wicks, whose star has continued to rise since he became “the nation’s PE teacher” amid the coronavirus lockdown, told the PA news agency he knew it would be really tough.
I’m very excited to be back as Schools Ambassador for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal 😀 Unfortunately I can’t do the U.K. tour this year but instead @bbccin will be running 5 fantastic days of activities and content for School children called 5 to Thrive all about improving their mental health and happiness 🙌🏽 As part of it I’m giving you the chance to win an exclusive PE session on zoom with me. 10 schools will be picked for this fantastic opportunity 💪🏽😀 To get involved, go to bbc.co.uk/Pudsey
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“It will be draining and I know that when you get true fatigue and you’re really exhausted, you get really emotional,” he said.
“I’ll probably end up, at some point, bursting into tears.”
However, the fitness guru added: “Hopefully people will be there to pick me up and say, ‘Come on, keep going’.”
Wicks, 35, admitted his biggest concern is the tiredness.
“I think when it gets to 3, 4, 5am, I’m going to really want to cry myself to bed…” said the father-of two. “It’s going to be savage.”
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The star has been advised to consume 10,000 calories during the fundraiser so said he will be snacking on high calorie drinks, avocado and peanut butter.
Wicks will start his PE challenge at 9.25am on 12 November, and he will aim to keep going until 9.25am on 13 November.
During the 24 hours he is planning to mix things up, doing a range of activities including cycling, yoga, boxing and rowing as well as his signature HIIT workouts.
Celebrity guests will join him virtually along the way.
Just announced! 🚨
On Thursday November 12th our friend Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach) will be attempting to work out for an incredible 24 hours for our @BBCCiN 2020 challenge 🏋️♀️ 🤸♀️
Find out more about how you can get involved and support Joe in his efforts: https://t.co/AB3yMVEae0 pic.twitter.com/RWbKmfpJuW
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) October 22, 2020
BBC Children In Need chief executive Simon Antrobus said: “We know that the last six months have had a real impact on children and young people’s wellbeing, which is why the money raised by Joe and Radio 2 through this remarkable challenge will go on to help deliver crucial support to children and young people at a time when it is so urgently needed.
“We are so grateful to Joe for taking on this challenge. It’s acts of kindness like this that help to make a difference to young lives and we look forward to tuning in and cheering him on.”
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