Interview with YouTube Fitness Trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read

Lucy Wyndham-Read has over 3 million followers on social media and 360 million views on YouTube, making her the go to online personal trainer to get people off their sofas and into exercise helping to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing.

During the Covid-19 lockdowns, Lucy was the most viewed online trainer in the UK with over 56 million people watching and working out to her free online videos on YouTube, far outstripping her nearest rivals and seeing her appear on national television’s prime time news discussing fitness and wellbeing issues for those ‘locked down’ at home.

Since then, she has gone from strength to strength. Lucy was named Fitness Influencer of the Year in 2021. She had a two-page spread published in the Daily Mail newspaper and Mail Online on, ‘How to Get Fit in Just 7 Minutes’, showcasing her 7-minute workout philosophy for busy people she invented over a decade ago.

Her workouts and instructional videos are viewed worldwide and are recommended by doctors from the USA to India – their high effectiveness makes them perfect for healthy people but also her range of low impact and seated exercises are ideal for the elderly, infirm or those recovering from injury.

Lucy’s life prior to being an online fitness coach and motivator, was far from smooth sailing. She wasn’t strong or athletic growing up, she was usually the last person picked for team sports and was often bullied at school. Being dyslexic was not well catered for or supported then and ignorant assumptions were often made about her general abilities that were far from reality.

To challenge herself, to everyone’s astonishment, in 1988 she chose to join the British Army. She spent 5 rewarding years in the military learning about resilience, determination and giving your all.

During this time, she developed her passion for fitness and recognised that we are all far stronger than we know.

Sadly, her army career ended in tragedy when her fiancé and childhood sweetheart was killed in action in Northern Ireland. This turned Lucy’s world upside down. Her final years in the army were spent as a fitness instructor and knowing how much fitness helped her deal with grief, she decided to pursue helping others through fitness and wellbeing coaching.

Having worked out to Lucy’s workouts regularly over the years, it really is an honour to interview her on the blog and also to be collaborating with her in the future months.


Describe your typical day?

My cats, Princess Sultana and Princess Raisin usually wake me up at 4.30am by knocking at my bedroom door!  As their servant, I let them in and normally drift back to sleep, waking up properly at 6.00 am. Come rain or shine, I like to start my day by going for a walk. I actually love walking in the winter when it’s dark as I find it so peaceful and relaxing. Walking allows me to be more mindful, to not only take control of my health but to have quiet, uninterrupted time alone to come up with new content ideas and allow myself to feel creative.

Once I return, it’s coffee time! My coffee machine is my desert island must-have to be honest!

Despite being self-employed, I always wear a ‘uniform’ to work as it provides me with structure and sets me up for the day. Dark blue jeans and a navy shirt are my go-to items and I have enough of them for every single day of the week.

I only wear workout gear one day a week when I film several workouts in one go. The rest of the week is dedicated to my navy uniform!

By 7.30 am, I’m sat at my desk working on fitness challenges, writing blog posts, answering emails and coming up with content ideas.

I take regular breaks throughout the day, and even in my jeans, I do some of my own standing workouts in the office to keep me feeling energised.

I normally work until 7pm and in the early evening, I’ll do another of my 7-minute workouts plus some press ups before taking a soothing bath.  I usually do a little more work on the sofa and often end up falling asleep there until my cats jump on me, prompting me to go to bed.


What do you feel are your greatest achievements?

The day I received an email from journalist, Anita Singh, requesting an interview for the Telegraph after Ofcom announced that my YouTube Channel was the most viewed channel during lockdown is a stand-out moment! I was simply blown away! I, like everyone else, had assumed Joe Wicks’ channel would have been crowned the most popular (as he did an amazing job keeping kids active during that period). The story made national news and I was even interviewed on This Morning! Knowing that my YouTube workouts had helped millions of people throughout lockdown will always be one of the biggest highlights of my career.

Receiving emails from followers letting me know that my workouts have transformed their health is always an achievement. These messages bring me great joy, and purpose.


What’s in your handbag?

My laptop, charger, several pens with no lids (!) plus my foundation, lipliner, mascara, lipstick and eyeliner are always in there! Possibly a bag of Maltesers (empty), my bank card, the left side of my air pods as I lost the right and reading glasses (I’m now at that age)! Oh, and my keys which have a massive fluffy ball keyring attached to them as I always lose them!


What are your ambitions in life?
To help as many people as possible on their health journey and to change the narrative on exercise and body image. My greatest ambition is to teach others that exercise and fitness should be less about how we look and more about how we feel and that exercise is the best investment in our future health.


What do you wish you’d known at that start of your career that you now know?
That every single one of those rejections would send me on a different path and that all of the detours were the best thing to happen to me because they taught me to find my own way in life and create my own path.


What is the biggest challenge you have overcome in your career?
Being dyslexic has been a challenge I’ve overcome as so much of my work involves content creation. I also found my former career in the military hard as one of few females there. I had to prove myself as a woman, that I was capable and that I was also utterly determined to be taken seriously which was tough. At the time, a lot of men didn’t like women being in the army so I felt very isolated. When I joined, there where only a handful of woman serving but nowadays it is pretty much equal.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still wearing my dark blue jeans and navy shirts and writing blogs posts, creating videos and hopefully adding motivational speaking to my achievements, sharing how we can all be and feel our best thanks to exercise.


What advice would you give a budding fitness trainer and content creator?
Remember not to change who you are. The superpower you have is being you. Also, don’t be scared to think out of the box. Be different and embrace it.


Finally, what is happiness to you?
Happiness is spending time with my family, cats and friends, and walking in the mountains. As is reaching a dream then making a new one.


Read more about Lucy on her website. You can also follow her workouts on Youtube.

Photo by Michael Lloyd Photography.

Interview with YouTube Fitness Trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read

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