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Joe Wicks faces backlash after introducing new ‘menopause workouts’

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Joe’s latest workouts are proving more controversial with fans. (Credit: Getty)

Joe Wicks became a national treasure during lockdown when he went live with PE with Joe to keep us fit from home. But his latest workouts are proving more controversial with fans. 

This week, Wicks – also known as The Body Coach – shared that he was launching two new ‘menopause workouts’, designed to be low-impact and low-intensity.

In the introduction to one of the videos on his YouTube channel, Wicks says: ‘I know that during this time of life, it can be very difficult to get the energy and the motivation to do that high intensity, high impact work. It’s not always good for your joints, it might be too challenging, and so this is something that’s more accessible, more achievable.’

However, fans are concerned that this messaging perpetuates the message that menopause makes women weak and incapable.

‘That makes me sad – I am menopausal and I am fed up with it being a special thing. Sorry but a workout doesn’t need to be specific for menopausal women and having this label all the time is undermining us as women with life experience who still have a lot to give,’ says one comment on the Instagram post.

Another commenter adds: ‘Hmm I was under the impression that menopausal women need to do more weight and strength training due to the changing density in our bones etc.

‘However, these workouts, although state they are strength workouts, are aimed at old women! No jumping, low impact!

‘Come on, @thebodycoach know your audience. Perimenopause can start early in life but predominantly in the 40s. I want fun, energetic workouts please.’ 

Other fans jumped to Wicks’ defence, thanking him for catering for them with this new content. ‘Anyone who is saying menopause isn’t a thing and doesn’t need a label is either blessed to not be experiencing any symptoms or hasn’t been through it! Because it’s definitely a huge change in women’s lives and when you wake up one day and the way you eat and exercise no longer does anything for you it’s a scary place to be. You feel like you’ve lost control of your body!’ wrote one fan.  

To explain the reality of what perimenopausal and post-menopausal women need, Kate Rowe-Ham, an expert fitness trainer and author of Owning Your Menopause: Fitter, Calmer, Stronger in 30 Days, says: ‘It’s not as straightforward as there being one specific way that women menopausal women need to train. We do need to do things differently and make adjustments if things are no longer working as we navigate this stage, but it’s more about reframing how and why we need to move. 

‘I think this demographic of women currently navigating menopause grew up with no knowledge of what benefits weightlifting has on women, especially as we age. We now know that what we were taught – to do cardio and eat small portions – couldn’t be further from the truth.’

Instead, women need to strength train to avoid the depletion of muscle mass from declining hormones during menopause. Power training, including jumping, can also help to prevent osteoporosis that women are at higher risk of after the menopause.

But Rowe-Ham also believes that there are many barriers to movement for menopausal women, such as increased fatigue, that Wicks’ simpler ‘menopause workouts’ can support.

‘How we move depends on how we feel and what symptoms we have. We don’t need to dial down on intensity if we already have a good level of fitness but many women stop exercise or can’t start it due to joint pain and fatigue, often exacerbated by menopausal symptoms,’ she says.  

‘HIIT absolutely has a place, especially if you aren’t suffering, but overall there needs to be an emphasis on lifting heavy weights. I am the strongest and fastest I’ve been in my life and I am 48 in a few months. I train completely differently to how I did the rest of my life because I had to make changes to feel better.

‘I do think Joe Wicks should be commended for using his platform to raise key awareness. I think the backlash is simply off the back of insinuating that women going through menopause need to do specific workouts rather than adapt or tweak what they’re currently doing.

‘Fundamentally, women need to move and they find a coach who can support them and motivate them to do that. If Joe does that for you, go for it. But others like to look to train with someone who has a firsthand experience of how debilitating it can be.’

This isn’t the first time Wicks has faced backlash. Earlier this year, he had to issue an apology after suggesting that the rise in ADHD is down to ultra-processed foods.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 5 Live Headliners podcast, he said that he believes if he was a child now he would be diagnosed with ADHD – but his poor behaviour was actually due to his sugar intake. The comments sparked concern with experts noting that there is no evidence that ADHD is caused by diets.

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