It was a sweaty week for the Gillotts students as they got active with social media sensation, Joe Wicks – though only virtually! In a drive to inspire kids to exercise, Wicks (also known as ‘The Body Coach’) has been holding live 20 minute workouts on his YouTube channel, specifically targeting the UK’s schools. The Gillotts’ PE department has been supporting the initiative by using Joe’s energetic daily videos in their classes.
Though the workouts were short in duration, they certainly weren’t lacking in challenge; Wicks has built a multi-national business on the principle of ‘HIIT’, or High Intensity Interval Training. The students engaged in 30 second bursts of demanding exercises followed by 30 seconds of recovery to catch their breath. This fast-paced movement was exhausting yet clearly enjoyable, as the hall echoed with laughter and excitement.
Despite the school timetable preventing live participation with Joe at 10am, that didn’t stop the PE teachers from putting multiple classes through their paces. With up to four classes joining in each day, there were plenty of knackered students — and even more knackered teachers, as Mr Jansen and Mr Burnett took part in every workout! Both are hoping for further staff participation at the voluntary session on Friday lunchtime, which is open to teachers and students. Mr Burnett encouraged the students, saying, “Apply some pressure to your tutor if they give you an excuse for why they can’t join in because we want to get as many people involved as possible. It’s a really positive message about getting involved in fitness.”
By the end of the week, roughly 850 Gillotts students will have been involved in Joe Wick’s school workouts. This is a small but significant contribution towards Wicks’ ultimate goal — to get 1 million kids up and active with his HIIT sessions. Given that Wednesday’s participants alone could’ve filled Wembley Stadium, it looks like Joe might yet achieve his target. Of course, the value of the campaign goes far beyond numbers, as Mr Jansen expressed his respect for the initiative. He enthused, “It’s a great drive for fitness and getting active.”
And just in case the physical benefits of the workouts weren’t enough, there was an added reward for the Gillotts Year 8 girls (video below), who featured on Joe’s Instagram montage on Wednesday. What a brilliant tribute to the week of fun and fitness with The Body Coach!
— Gillotts School PE (@gillottsPE) September 14, 2017