Joe Wicks: 'I've got freakishly large big toes'

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Born in Surrey, Joe Wicks, 33, graduated in sports science and became a personal trainer. As The Body Coach, he built a huge following on Instagram; in March, he launched his PE with Joe YouTube class for families and schools. His latest cookbook is Wean In 15. He is married with two children and lives in London and Santa Monica, California.

What is your greatest fear?
What the world will look like for my children Indie and Marley when I am gone.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mum was only 17 when she had my brother, and 19 when she had me. She was learning the ropes as she went along, and had a heroin addict boyfriend, which wasn’t easy.

What is your earliest memory?
Opening an electric police motorbike on Christmas Day; I must have been four or five.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Jealousy.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
New Year’s Eve when I was 17. I was in a pub, underage, and my mum found out and dragged me out in front of all my friends, who were laughing at me.

What makes you unhappy?
Being hungry.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’ve got freakishly large big toes. They look like the ace of spades.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Kit Harington.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Leaving my dirty laundry on the floor.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A PE teacher.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
The most offensive thing is when people say, “Everything you do is for the money.” That pisses me off because I am not motivated by money.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Listening to a playlist on Spotify called Independent Ladies; it’s Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child and TLC. I love a feelgood Taylor Swift or Katy Perry pop tune.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I would like to say sorry to my ex-girlfriend. I was with her for 10 years. I wish I’d treated her with more respect and been kinder at the end.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My beautiful wife, Rosie Wicks.

What was the best kiss of your life?
The first time I kissed Rosie, 100%. We met at a rave.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Ricky Gervais as David Brent from The Office.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Let’s smash it” and “Good morning world”.

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When did you last cry, and why?
I cried this morning when I was meditating, for the first time. I had this real feeling of gratitude that my dad survived his addiction.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My PE With Joe work, over the last weeks.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who helped people live healthier lives.

Tell us a secret
I live my life online: I don’t have many secrets.

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