This Guy Just Smashed the World Record for Largest Workout Live-Stream

Philip Ellis

From Men's Health

Joe Wicks has essentially made himself the entire internet's P.E. teacher. With schools, gyms and playgrounds all closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the population currently living in lockdown, Wicks decided to start streaming live workout sessions on his YouTube channel, to help children get active during lockdown, and encourage families to enjoy exercise together.

Taking place every weekday at 9 a.m. (UK time), the "P.E. With Joe" classes are suitable for all ages and equipment-free, making them an accessible, popular way to stay fit. On March 24, "P.E. With Joe" amassed 955,185 views, setting a new official world record for the "most viewers of a fitness workout live stream on YouTube."

"I had no idea that when I went live on my YouTube workout on the 24th March, that we were actually setting a world record!" Said Wicks. "So thank you to everyone that tuned in β€” I'm so proud that this is our record, and we can remember that day as the moment we got the most viewers for a live workout."

This is Wicks' second time entering the book of Guinness World Records, after leading 3,804 people in the world's largest HIIT class in summer 2017.



Prior to launching the YouTube live-streams, he had already amassed a large following in the United Kingdom, hosting TV shows and writing books about nutrition and his preferred methods of high-intensity circuit training under the branding of The Body Coach.

Wicks hosted a special edition of "P.E. With Joe" this week as a part of the BBC's Big Night In telethon, which raised more than $27 million (around $33.4 million) for COVID-19 relief.

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