Had enough of Joe Wicks? 8 more PE classes for kids
Bored of seeing those curls bouncing on your screen every morning? Get little ones off the sofa and burning off some energy with these lockdown PE teachers instead
Move over Joe Wicks (and your lovely wife assistant) because there are plenty of other famous fitness faces out there who are dancing and jumping their way through lockdown with fun and fabulous online workouts for kids. If you’ve found yourself bouncing away to Joe on your own recently, then it’s probably a sign your kids need a fitness refresh. Step up 8 more Mr and Mrs Motivators that’ll keep your kids fit and entertained until they go back to school.
The Ballet Coach
Best for: Wannabe ballerinas from age 2 – 100
Sarah De-Feu is an English National Ballet School trained dancer, with her own academy. To make sure her students can continue lessons during lockdown she’s launched some online classes for toddlers through to grannies and has suddenly taken on a lot more students. Classes for kids are half an hour long, are always themed and end with a story. You can access her 14 weekly classes on Instagram Live, Facebook Live and on her YouTube channel.
Best for: older kids and adults
The original Mr Motivator is back on our screens during the pandemic in all his lycra leotard and bum bag clad glory. His classes, that can be found on his YouTube channel and BBC iPlayer, are for all ages, but you need to be able to follow the quick moves without getting distracted by his outrageous outfits so secondary schools kids and young adults will probably get the most from him.
Best for: Disney fans young and old
Strictly star and champion of the 2019 series, Oti Mabuse, is hosting free daily dance tutorials at 11:30am on YouTube and her Instagram page, alongside her husband Marius Lepure as part of the Home Festival she launched in March with Karen Hauer. They’ve come up with some fabulous kid-friendly themes like Frozen, Aladdin and The Jungle Book and if you find yourself wanting to join in there are classes for adults too. We’d give these online workouts a Strictly 10.
Stay at Home football training with Robert Francis
Best for: footie fans
Are your kids really missing the premier league and football training on Saturdays? If you can’t take the sound of a ball hitting the fence every five seconds Robert Francis has come to the rescue. Every Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm football coach, Robert, is running Stay At Home Football Coaching on Facebook and Youtube. The lessons are for boys and girls of mixed age and ability. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a garden. Robert is also organising the coaching sessions so that kids can follow in their living room with a small (soft!) ball.
Andy’s Wild Workouts
Best for: Pre-schoolers
Andy ‘Odd Socks’ Day is the CBeebies version of Joe Wicks, complete with curls and enviable energy levels. He has ten video workouts that you can view on iPlayer or YouTube and each one is only 6 – 7 minutes long, making them perfect for short attention spans. Kids will love the real nature footage and the animal themed exercises like the snappy shark and wiggly octopus.
Best for: kids looking to improve their TikTok moves
Don’t cha wish your PE teacher was hot like Pussycat Dolls star Kimberly Wyatt? Former girl band member Kimberley is hosting her own live dance classes on Instagram Live, with dedicated classes for children on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am. While adults can learn the sexy routines to Pussycat Dolls tracks, the kids’ classes are less hip thrusts and more easy-to-follow classic dance moves.
Darcey Bussell’s DDMix Shake Up classes
Best for: school-age kids
Former Strictly judge and Prima Ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell is running online dance classes for children via her DDMIX for Schools organisation’s Facebook Live and Youtube channel at 1.30pm every day. On a Friday the 15-20 minute ‘Shake Up’ sessions are run by Darcey herself, with other members of the team taking turns throughout the week, performing easy-to-follow dance moves to jazzed up ballet tracks.
Jamie Amor at Cosmic Kids Yoga
Best for: kids aged 3+
Want to calm the kids down before bed and make sure they get their daily allowance of exercise? Tune in to Jamie Amor’s 25-minute yoga videos on YouTube. Jamie engages kids with her rainbow collection of onesies, brilliant backdrops and by theming the lessons around stories kids love like Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Wizard of Oz and The Gruffalo.