Everything you need to know about Joe Wicks’s books

Joe Wicks, the Body Coach and the nation’s favourite PE teacher, is on a mission to bring motivation to the nation! Here’s everything you need to know about Joe and all of the Joe Wicks books. 

19/11/2020
6 minutes to read

If you hadn’t heard the name Joe Wicks before March 2020, you certainly will have now. As the UK went into lockdown, Joe launched PE with Joe on his YouTube channel with the aim of keeping kids and families moving, healthy and positive. Almost a million families around the world tuned in to the first workout, and Joe quickly became known as the nation’s favourite PE teacher. But Joe isn’t just known for his family-friendly lockdown workouts. His books offer easy to follow food and exercise plans to help you start and sustain a healthier lifestyle, and his 90 Day Shift, Shape and Sustain (SSS) Plan has helped thousands of people around the world transform their lifestyles with healthy eating and exercise. Here’s everything you need to know about Joe Wicks and all of the Joe Wicks books. 

How did Joe Wicks get started?

After graduating with a degree in sports science, Joe Wicks worked as a teaching assistant before realising his true calling was to help people achieve healthy bodies and minds. He began working as a personal trainer, and in 2014 he began posting videos of his workouts and nutrition advice on Instagram, and has amassed a following of almost four million. His first book, Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan, was published in 2015 and became one of the bestselling diet books of all time, and since then he has published a further seven books, all of which have been bestsellers.

Here, Joe introduces himself: 

I'm Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, and I've dedicated the past 10 years of my life to helping people get fitter, stronger and healthier. I started as a young and ambitious personal trainer, working with clients one-to-one and running my own outdoor boot camps. I then took all my passion and energy for motivating and inspiring people, and put it into my books, social media and, most recently, my new The Body Coach fitness app. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I've helped someone on their journey to become healthier and happier. It's the driving force behind everything I do – and really, I believe it to be my purpose in life.

In this inspiring video, Joe tells us some more about how he built his business and became a globally recognised name.

Which Joe Wicks book should I buy first?

Which Joe Wicks book should you start with? Well, that depends on what you want to achieve. Here we help you choose the right Joe Wicks book for you. 


Which Joe Wicks book should you buy if you struggle with motivation to exercise and eat healthily?

30 Day Kick Start Plan

by Joe Wicks

Book cover for 9781509856190

If the thought of starting a 90-day fitness plan seems overwhelming, then Joe’s new book, 30 Day Kick Start Plan, is the Joe Wicks book for you. Joe realised that motivation is strongest during the first thirty days, and hopes that the progress you see while following the 30 Day Kick Start Plan will motivate you to make long-term changes. The book features one hundred delicious, healthy recipes and six HIIT workouts to help you get in shape, but is also full of motivational tips and practical advice to help you transform your life for good. This is the Joe Wicks book for anyone who struggles with motivation and is looking for a book that focuses on the mental health benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Which Joe Wicks books should you buy if you want to try his 90 Day Plan? 

Lean in 15: The Shift Plan

by Joe Wicks

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Lean in 15: The Shift Plan is Joe Wicks’s first book, and is the bestselling diet book of all time. The book focuses on the first thirty days of his 90 Day Plan, and is all about having one carb meal on training days. Joe will teach you how how to fuel your body with the right food at the right time so you burn fat, build lean muscle and never go hungry.

Lean in 15: The Shape Plan

by Joe Wicks

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Lean in 15: The Shape Plan is Joe Wicks’s second book, and focuses on the second thirty days of his 90 Day Plan. In the second part of the plan the meal structure changes, so rather than eating one carbohydrate meal a day after exercise (as in book one), you will eat three carbohydrate-rich meals on days that you train.  There are also new workouts to follow. The delicious healthy recipes and HIIT workouts will help you take your fitness to the next level.

Lean in 15: The Sustain Plan

by Joe Wicks

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ean in 15: The Sustain Plan is Joe Wicks’s third book, and focuses on the last thirty days of his 90 Day Plan. The third part of the plan will teach you how to sustain the incredible results you’ve achieved, while still seeing progress week on week. This book will help you make Lean in 15 part of your lifestyle forever. 

Which Joe Wicks book is best for fat-loss?

The Fat-Loss Plan

by Joe Wicks

Book cover for 9781509836079

The Fat-Loss Plan is full of 100 brand-new delicious recipes and five speedy, effective HIIT workouts to help you achieve a fit, lean and healthy body. There is a combination of reduced-carb and post-workout recipes as well as snacks and sweet treats, all which can be made in fifteen minutes flat. Joe’s sample weekly plans make it simple to prep like a boss and eat well every day of the week. 

Which Joe Wicks book is best for vegetarians?

Veggie Lean in 15

by Joe Wicks

Book cover for 9781509856152

Joe’s vegetarian take on Lean in 15: The Shift Plan is full of one hundred tasty vegetarian recipes from Smoky Sweet Potato Chilli to 'Creamy' Butternut Pasta. All the recipes can be made in just fifteen minutes, and are perfect for full-time veggies or those who are looking to cut down their meat consumption in a healthy way.

Which Joe Wicks cookbook should you buy if you want healthy recipes the whole family will love?

Cooking for Family and Friends

by Joe Wicks

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Do you find it tricky to balance eating healthily with finding meals that your family love or cooking for friends? Then Cooking for Family and Friends is the Joe Wicks recipe book for you. This gorgeous cookbook features more than a hundred delicious and nutritious recipes that are perfect for sharing with the special people in your life. All of the recipes are organized into post-workout and reduced-carb chapters for those following Joe’s eating plan but are equally tasty whether you’re following the plan or not. 

Which Joe Wicks cookbook should I buy for quick and tasty meals?

Joe's 30 Minute Meals

by Joe Wicks

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Joe Wicks is here to prove that you don’t need loads of time to cook great food. Joe’s 30 Minute Meals is full of more than one hundred delicious, nutritious recipes that can be cooked in just thirty minutes. Most chapters are organized by main ingredient, making it easy to find a recipe for every auction, and recipes are labelled as reduced-carb or carb-refuel for those who are already following Joe’s eating structure.

Which Joe Wicks cookbook should I buy for healthy recipes for my baby? 

Wean in 15

by Joe Wicks

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In Wean in 15, Joe shows you how to make weaning a happy and enjoyable time for the whole family. The recipe book contains one hundred tasty recipes split into age stages, as well as expert advice on allergies, supplements, fussy eaters and more. 

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What is Joe Wicks’s 90 Day Plan?

Joe Wicks’s 90 Day Plan is a training and meal plan specifically tailored to you with individual email support. Joe’s Lean in 15 books are based on the structure of the plan, but when using the books you need to assess for yourself if the portions are just right for your results or if you need to adjust it for your own body’s energy expenditure.


Joe Wicks recipes

Joe Wicks's Chicken Katsu served on a bed of rice on a blue china plate.

Discover some of Joe Wicks’s delicious and healthy recipes, taken from his books.

Joe Wicks’s cheeky katsu curry 

Joe Wicks's McLeanie breakfast hash

Joe Wicks's Moroccan salmon fishcakes

Joe Wicks’s vegetarian BBQ sticky harissa aubergine steaks with bejewelled couscous

Joe Wicks's peri peri halloumi burger

Joe Wicks's protein pancakes


Joe Wicks workouts

Joe Wicks doing mountain climbers on a blue exercise mat

Joe believes that healthy eating and exercise are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle, and many of his books feature short HIIT workouts which are easy to fit into your day. If you’d like to give one of Joe’s workouts a try, why not try this beginner’s HIIT workout?

And for a family-friendly workout that everyone can enjoy, try this PE with Joe video.

You can find even more workout videos on Joe’s YouTube channel