Joe Wicks admits losing his 'purpose' and feeling he wasn't 'valuable' after lockdown

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Joe Wicks began holding regular online workouts for children early on in the pandemic. (Getty Images)
Joe Wicks began holding regular online workouts for children early on in the pandemic. (Getty Images)

Joe Wicks' online workouts targeted at children became a regular fixture for many families early on in the pandemic.

Now the fitness star, 36, has opened up about feeling like he lost his "purpose" and was less "valuable" once lockdown ended.

Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, the father-of-two – who has announced he has a third child on the way – admitted: "By the end of it, I was exhausted and emotional."

He added: "I thought, let’s do a couple of weeks and see what happens. But it kept getting extended.

"Still, it is my proudest achievement. As it ended, I felt flat. I had all this purpose and suddenly it was over. I felt I wasn't as valuable."

In March 2020, just under a million households tuned in for his live 30-minute morning 'PE lesson', with many schools encouraging their pupils to get involved.

Even though by the time the sessions ended a year later in March 2021 there were around 50,000 still doing them, Wicks – who received an MBE for his efforts – insisted he was still "over the moon" by the numbers.

Yesterday, the trainer, who rose to fame as The Body Coach from 2014, revealed he was expecting another child with his wife, the model Rosie Jones.

In a post on Instagram, in which the couple – who married in 2019 – can be seen holding a scan, Wicks wrote: "I’ve been sooo excited to share this news.

"We are having another baby. Indie and Marley are super excited about having a little brother or sister. We can’t wait to welcome them into the world in September."

The Wicks are currently parents to daughter Indie, two, and a one-year-old son called Marley.

The post has received more than 483,000 'likes', with followers including Rochelle Humes, Zoe Sugg and Jessie Ware sending messages of congratulations.

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