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What makes you feel mentally and physically strong? Fitness coach Joe Wicks ask some of his favourite people their secrets to health and happiness.

The Joe Wicks Podcast BBC Radio 4

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 64 Ratings

What makes you feel mentally and physically strong? Fitness coach Joe Wicks ask some of his favourite people their secrets to health and happiness.

    36. Christopher McDougall: Born to run

    36. Christopher McDougall: Born to run

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    In the final episode of the series Joe speaks to someone who, one afternoon, inspired Joe to leave his house and run a marathon across London, eventually coming home after dark. It's the author of Born to Run and former war correspondent, Christopher McDougall.

    Chris’ story begins with a persistent foot injury, which meant he was told by doctors he would never run again. Then Chris came across an extraordinary group of people in Mexico – the world's greatest distance runners, who run into the old age without rest or injury. He tells Joe about learning to run with the Tarahumara Indians – and what made the tribe such incredible athletes. Chris took on the challenge of joining them on a 50-mile race through the canyons.

    Joe and Chris discuss how to get into running as a beginner, tips for perfecting your form, why you should find your tribe and how to keep the play and fun alive.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    Producer: Eliza Lomas
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 38 min
    35. Katie Piper: Endure the tough times

    35. Katie Piper: Endure the tough times

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    Joe's guest this week is presenter and author Katie Piper. Katie was the victim of an acid attack in 2008 which left her with life-changing injuries. In the years that followed Katie has spoken and written about her experiences, and established a foundation to help other people who have suffered similar injuries. Katie talks to Joe about how she recovered her mental and physical health after the attack, and the part exercise played in her recovery. They discuss how she views and preserves her self-confidence today, and why they are both so honest about themselves on social media. They talk about the challenges of balancing work with parenting, and Katie explains how you can be kind to yourself just by writing an email.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    Producer: Toby Field
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 39 min
    34. Caitlin Moran: Being my own pet dog

    34. Caitlin Moran: Being my own pet dog

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    In this episode Joe chats to one of the most successful writers in Britain today – Caitlin Moran. She's the author of seven books including How To Be a Woman, which has sold over a million copies, How to Build A Girl, which has been adapted into a film, and More Than A Woman, which came out in 2020. She also has two popular weekly columns in The Times.

    Catlin Moran was born in a council estate in Wolverhampton, the eldest of eight children, and went on to become globally famous for her writing. From becoming a published novelist aged 16, to being a star columnist at The Times aged 18, she tells Joe her incredible life story. Joe and Caitlin connect over their shared experience of a difficult childhood, and discuss how this still affects them today. Opening up about her struggles with anxiety and her daughter's eating disorder, Caitlin reveals what she's learnt along the way, and how a good dose of humour and optimism has got her through.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    If you need support with mental health and self-harm, details are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline.

    Producer: Eliza Lomas
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 44 min
    33. Jeremy Lynch: Enjoy the journey

    33. Jeremy Lynch: Enjoy the journey

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    In this episode Joe chats to freestyle footballer and online creative Jeremy Lynch. As one half of the F2 Freestylers, Jeremy started out performing his tricks at half-time shows and events, but it was when they started posting videos on Youtube that things really took off. He went on to work with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. His comedy skits on TikTok amassed millions of followers leading to opportunities to branch out into presenting, interviewing Hollywood A-listers like Tom Holland, Zendaya and Daniel Craig.

    Jeremy and Joe speak about his transition from footballer to creative and how it's enabled him to provide for his family. They discuss the amount of work involved in producing so much content, and why perfection is a flawed concept, even for a perfectionist. Jeremy talks about why reconnecting with nature has been hugely important to his mental health, his relationship with music, and why he prioritises adding value to himself and those around him both in real life and online. He talks about his relationship with his wife Shauna, and why he'd love to direct a feature-length film.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    Producer: Toby Field
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 40 min
    32. Nadiya Hussain: Living my dream

    32. Nadiya Hussain: Living my dream

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    In this episode Joe chats to TV baker, presenter and author Nadiya Hussain, who shot to fame in 2015 after winning The Great British Bake Off. Nadiya has not only only inspired millions to bake, but has also raised vital conversations about mental health.

    Joe and Nadiya chat about her upbringing in Luton and how her parents taught her to love cooking – from her dad's legendary sheep roasting every weekend to her mum's homely, traditional Bangladeshi dinners. They also discuss Nadiya's struggles with anxiety and depression along the way, and how she's learnt to cope through walking in the woods.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    Producer: Eliza Lomas
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 33 min
    31. Tom Kerridge: passion and purpose

    31. Tom Kerridge: passion and purpose

    The UK’s favourite fitness coach is back with series three of his podcast. This summer, Joe is speaking to inspirational friends and some of his favourite people to ask them what they do to keep themselves feeling mentally and physically strong.

    In this episode Joe chats to Michelin-starred chef and TV presenter, Tom Kerridge. He’s had an incredible journey, from growing up on a council estate to becoming a chef and entrepreneur running five restaurants and a butchers shop. He’s also gone on a journey with his health as well – from staying up all hours and becoming clinically obese - to losing 12 stone and writing books to help others get through it too.

    Joe and Tom chat about his life – from where his work ethic came from, to his radical health transformation and then more recently, new fatherhood.

    This is sunshine in a podcast. Joe Wicks is here for you, and he won’t stop until you’re fit and happy.

    Producer: Eliza Lomas
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart
    A BBC Audio Bristol production for Radio 4

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

AdmiralAckbar1983 ,

Lean in 15

LOVE JOE

Awesome1983 ,

Surprisingly worthwhile

I do regularly listen to podcasts and actually fewer than expected leave me feeling like I gained valuable information or covered a compelling topics. This podcast so far has hit both points well and I look forward to coming episodes.

CatherineMoore ,

Loved ep.1

Although a new podcast, you can already tell it’ll be an informative/regular one to subscribe too! Episode one covered a lot - everyday health, mental strength, outdoors, careers and mission. Fun conversation and informative. Brilliant host Joe! You’ll do great with your new podcasting role!

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