He quickly became beloved amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic for providing the nation with daily YouTube workouts during both lockdowns.
And Joe Wicks sought out the help of his Olympian pal Sir Mo Farah as he was determined to smash his own fitness goal on New Year’s Eve.
In a video uploaded to Instagram on Thursday, the Body Coach explained he was determined to run 5K run in 19 minutes and 30 seconds before the start of 2021.
Staying in shape: Joe Wicks sought out the help of his Olympian pal Sir Mo Farah as he was determined to smash his fitness goal on New Year’s Eve
The fitness star, 34, seemed set to fail his final goal of the year as he admitted he was struggling to beat his best time of 19 minutes 38 seconds – irritatingly close to his goal.
So, Joe called the I’m A Celebrity star and long-distance runner, 37, to help him set his pace and smash his ambitious target.
As they warmed up, Mo challenged his pal to cut a massive 38 seconds off his time, despite Joe already improving from his first attempt of 22 minutes 14 seconds.
Joe explained: ‘Today, it’s my final run of 2020. I’ve called in a friend to help set a pace. If I don’t do it today, I am never going to do it.’
Ambitious: In a video uploaded to Instagram on Thursday, the Body Coach explained that he was determined to run 5K run in 19 minutes and 30 seconds before the start of 2021
‘So those of you that might have guessed, it is the man himself Sir Mo Farah. So Mo my PB is 19 minutes and 30 seconds, what do you think you can get out of me around this park?’
To which Mo replied: ‘Let’s go for 19 minutes son.’
Joe also quipped that if he couldn’t achieve his fitness goal with the help of the Olympic gold medalist, would he ‘ever do it’.
Following the challenge, Joe reappeared on screen looking completely knackered and gasping for breath as he revealed his result to his 3.9million followers.
The YouTube star proudly said that he managed to cut his time by almost a minute, impressively running 5k in just 18 minutes and 45 seconds.
Personal best: The fitness star, 34, seemed set to fail his final goal of the year as he admitted he was struggling to beat his best time of 19 minutes 38 seconds so called his pal Mo, 37, for help
As he unveiled the news, pedestrians could be heard cheering him as he surprised park-goers with his famous choice of pacemaker.
Gushing about his success, Joe said: ‘I can’t believe that. That was my gold medal race, I did it in 18 minutes 45 seconds, that was me pushing myself to the max. Mo thank you mate, how did I do?’
With Mo positively responding: ‘Anything is possible in life, if you work hard.
‘Dig deep, put your head down and keep pushing through pal.’
Joe admitted that he was completely knackered after his ‘big leap’, having pushed himself ‘as hard’ as he ever has, while the Olympian didn’t seem to break a sweat.
Congratulations! Following the challenge, the YouTube star revealed he managed to cut nearly a minute from his time, impressively running 5k in just 18 minutes and 45 seconds
The TV presenter said: ‘My body is in bits, I am aching. I was literally on the last bit, pushing as hard as I’ve ever pushed.’
Before he added: ‘Thank you Mo! What a great way to end the year.’
Alongside the video, Joe also penned a length caption explaining his difficult target, which he decided to set at the start of the month.
He wrote: ‘Breaking my 5km PB with @mofarah
‘At the start of December I set myself the goal of running 5km in 19:30. This was an almost impossible challenge considering my first attempt took me 22:14 but I wanted a moon shot.
Impressive! Joe admitted that he was completely knackered after his ‘big leap’, having pushed himself ‘as hard’ as he ever has, while the Olympian didn’t seem to break a sweat
‘A stretch target to really get myself feeling uncomfortable and to push myself both physically and mentally.
‘Today on my 5th attempt at running the 5km distance I managed to totally smash my goal.
‘It was the hardest run of my life but as Mo says “Anything is possible in life”. What is your health and fitness goal for 2021?’
Men within the 30-34 age bracket complete a 5K run in an average time of 31:27, while Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei holds the record for the fastest 5K at 12:51.
Star: The fitness sensation, who has 2.6million YouTube subscribers, was awarded an MBE for his efforts and daily YouTube workouts during the coronavirus pandemic
But it is not the only milestone that the fitness coach has achieved this year, as his daily morning workouts also proved to be a huge hit during lockdown.
One million people subscribed to his YouTube channel in the space of a week amid the first nationwide lockdown, raising £580,000 for the NHS.
And the fitness sensation, who has 2.6million YouTube subscribers, was awarded an MBE for his efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing his MBE on Instagram in October, Joe promised to ‘be back’ if there was another lockdown – and followed through on his pledge with more fitness videos during November’s four-week lockdown.
He said on his Instagram Stories: ‘I was so proud that I was there all through lockdown doing those workouts even with a broken hand so the MBE is just a lovely icing on the cake if you like but thanks for all your comments, all your DMs.
He continued: ‘Thank you for your support and if we ever go into another lockdown I promise I will be back.’
The TV presenter also claimed a Guinness World Record for live streaming after one of his online classes attracted almost a million viewers.
Joe shares two children, his daughter Indie and son Marley, with his glamour model wife Rosie Jones, who appears alongside the fitness star in some of his YouTube videos.
Family: Joe shares two children, daughter Indie and son Marley, with his glamour model wife Rosie Jones, who appears with the fitness star in some of his YouTube videos
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