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Children in Need: The Body Coach star Joe Wicks raises £1.5MILLION

He energised the nation with his daily exercise sessions during the first lockdown in March and was even awarded an MBE for his efforts.

And Joe Wicks, 35, has now completed his 24 hour workout challenge and raised an incredible £1,520,020 for BBC Children In Need.

The Body Coach star burned more than 10,000 calories during his fundraising event which saw him exercise alongside a host of famous guests including Sam Smith and Kimberly Wyatt as well as hosting HIIT sessions for the public to join in with.

What an achievement! Joe Wicks has raised  an incredible £1,520,020 for BBC Children In Need after working out for 24 hours alongside a host of famous guests

What an achievement! Joe Wicks has raised  an incredible £1,520,020 for BBC Children In Need after working out for 24 hours alongside a host of famous guests

Speaking after he completed the Challenge at 9.25am on Friday, Joe told Zoe Ball on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show: ‘I feel like so buzzed…

‘I need to say thank you for supporting me BBC Radio 2 these 24 hours, we’ve made an amazing amount of money… thank you to everyone who’s sponsored and donated… who knows I may even be back next year!’ 

When host Zoe asked what’s the first thing he’s going to do after finishing, cheeky Joe said: ‘Bounce all over the room and then get to my hotel bedroom and sleep as much as I can.’

When Zoe then revealed to him that the total amount raised so far is £1,520,020 – Joe did a cartwheel, before his wife Rosie joined him to give him a huge hug. 

Made it! The fitness star, 35, burnt more than 10,000 calories during his exercise challenge which officially ended at 9.25am on Friday

Made it! The fitness star, 35, burnt more than 10,000 calories during his exercise challenge which officially ended at 9.25am on Friday

Clearly very pleased with his impressive efforts, Joe jumped around raising a Pudsey bear in the air before taking an amazingly well earned sit down.

Joe also appeared to be in good spirits as he left BBC Broadcasting house on Friday after completing the challenge.

Dressed in comfortable shorts and sliders, victorious Joe threw his arms up in the air and beamed a huge grin as he clutched onto a sandwich and headed home.

Helen Thomas, Head of Station at Radio 2, said: ‘An enormous thank you and congratulations to Joe Wicks. His unbelievable effort has raised an incredible £1,520,020 for BBC Children in Need with his 24 Hour PE Challenge on Radio 2.

Workout star: Joe made sure to keep moving with a range of activities such as dance, boxing and stretches during the event (pictured working out with Kimberly Wyatt on screen)

Workout star: Joe made sure to keep moving with a range of activities such as dance, boxing and stretches during the event (pictured working out with Kimberly Wyatt on screen)

All for a good cause: The event was part of BBC Children In Need, with Joe raising more than £1 million for the charity (pictured holding a Pudsey bear)

All for a good cause: The event was part of BBC Children In Need, with Joe raising more than £1 million for the charity (pictured holding a Pudsey bear)

Keep going! Another activity was weights, with singer Josh Groban appearing via Zoom to cheer Joe on

Keep going! Another activity was weights, with singer Josh Groban appearing via Zoom to cheer Joe on

‘Powered largely by crumpets and chocolate with some support from fantastic guests joining him remotely to spur him on. This achievement will change the lives of thousands of children across the UK.’ 

Across the 24 hours Joe burned more than 10,000 calories as he hit the rowing machine and treadmill as well as boxing and cycling during his challenge.

He ended by holding a 20 mins HIIT workout for children in schools around the country to take part in to finish the challenge with him. 

Finally home time! Joe appeared to be in good spirits as he left BBC Broadcasting House on Friday morning

Finally home time! Joe appeared to be in good spirits as he left BBC Broadcasting House on Friday morning

Time for a rest: The star kept things casual in shorts and sliders as he posed for a few snaps before heading back to his hotel

Bed time! Joe told Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2 that he intended to sleep for as long as possible after the event

Time for a rest: The star kept things casual in shorts and sliders as he posed for a few snaps before heading back to his hotel

Victory! Joe threw up his arms in celebration after completing the impressive challenge

Victory! Joe threw up his arms in celebration after completing the impressive challenge

To keep his spirits up during the 24-hour event, Joe was joined via Zoom by a host of surprise guests to spur him on.

This included Sam Smith, Kimberly Wyatt, Josh Groban, Frank Lampard, Mel C and Marvin Humes.

While Katie Piper, Matt Baker, Claudia Winkleman, Louis Theroux, Dame Kelly Holmes and James Bay were also among the names to make an appearance. 

Keeping fans updated on his progress as he continued exercising on a treadmill and static bike in between live-streamed classes, the fitness instructor thanked his fellow celebs for their support, and updated fans on his fundraising efforts.  

Group effort: Wayne and Frankie Bridge also joined Joe by video link for some of the 24 hour PE session

Group effort: Wayne and Frankie Bridge also joined Joe by video link for some of the 24 hour PE session

Impressive: Joe finally completed the event at 9.25am on Friday

Impressive: Joe finally completed the event at 9.25am on Friday

Quick changes: He had multiple pairs of trainers and fresh gym gear laid out to assist with quick changes

Backstage set-up: His Green Room was packed with snacks

Backstage set-up: Joe’s Green Room was packed with snacks, and he had multiple pairs of trainers and fresh gym gear laid out to assist with quick changes

Sam Smith took to Instagram where they shared a photograph of themself taking part in one of the live-streamed workouts.

Alongside the singer wrote: ‘That was fun, thank you to the hero that is @thebodycoach for my morning workout. 

‘Good luck with the next 23 hours my babe!! Please swipe up on my stories to donate what you can to @bbccin and support Joe’s amazing challenge xx.’

Frankie Bridge took to her Instagram Story where she shared a snap of herself and husband Wayne ahead of Joe’s morning live-stream workout. 

Thumbs up! Sam Smith took to Instagram on Thursday where they shared a photograph of themself taking part in one of the live-streamed workouts

Thumbs up! Sam Smith took to Instagram on Thursday where they shared a photograph of themself taking part in one of the live-streamed workouts

Following the session, the duo uploaded a video of themselves sweating after having their heart-rates up for 20 minutes, and wished Joe good luck for the rest of his challenge. 

Marvin Humes appeared on-screen during the morning live-steam workout, and took to Instagram afterwards to praise Joe for his efforts.

He wrote: ‘What an absolute legend this man is @thebodycoach as if he hasn’t given enough of his time these past few months today he is doing a 24 hour workout all in aid of @bbccin. 

‘we can’t underestimate how physically and mentally tough this is gonna be for him. I joined him this morning for just 15 minutes and already started feeling the burn.

Getting involved: Frankie Bridge took to her Instagram Story where she shared a snap of herself and husband Wayne ahead of Joe's morning live-stream workout

Loving it: Following the session, the duo uploaded a video of themselves sweating after having their heart-rates up for 20 minutes, and wished Joe good luck for the rest of his challenge

Getting involved: Frankie Bridge took to her Instagram Story where she shared a snap of herself and husband Wayne ahead of Joe’s morning live-stream workout

High praise: The father-of-three took to Instagram afterwards to praise Joe for his efforts

High praise: The father-of-three took to Instagram afterwards to praise Joe for his efforts

A doll doing her bit: Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt also helped Joe to stay safe during his challenge, joining him to ensure he was fully stretched

A doll doing her bit: Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt also helped Joe to stay safe during his challenge, joining him to ensure he was fully stretched

Please if you can donate to Children In Need and support Joe for what is going to be an amazing achievement (link in bio).’ 

Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt helped Joe to stay safe during his challenge, joining him to ensure he was fully stretched.

By 3pm, Joe had raised over £133,000 for Children In Need through donations from fans, taking to his Instagram stories to share the news. 

Amazing! Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba joined in for an afternoon workout session

Amazing! Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba joined in for an afternoon workout session

Cycle buddy: Presenter Matt Baker joined Joe on his own static bike

Cycle buddy: Presenter Matt Baker joined Joe on his own static bike

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