Boris Johnson hires celebrity personal trainer after coronavirus health scare

A personal trainer to the stars has been seen jogging with the Prime Minister, who is on a health-kick following his battle with coronavirus.

Harry Jameson, who describes himself as an ‘elite performance coach’, has previously worked with Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore, former England footballer Wayne Bridge and boxer Oriance Lungu.

He was snapped in central London yesterday, running alongside Boris Johnson, who has admitted he could do with losing some weight after his health scare.

A Number 10 source told the Evening Standard: ‘Yes, he has engaged a personal trainer. I can confirm it is Harry Jameson. It’s because he is really serious about getting fit, as anyone who has seen him over the past couple of months knows. Boris is raring to go.’

It is not clear how Mr Jameson’s services will be paid for or the kind of training regime, but the fitness guru offers a four week ‘body blitz’ for his male clients.

If he follows this plan the PM would have to do push ups, mountain climbers, clap crunches and jumping squats in the first week. Each exercise is done non-stop for 30 seconds with a minute’s rest in between.

For the second week, Johnson would have to do superman press ups, mountain climbers, jumping squats and bicycle crunches.

In week three his exercise regime would include dumbbell burpees, squat push-press, reverse lunges while holding dumbbells and Russian twists.

Finally, in the final week Johnson would be tasked with burpee press ups, squat curl and press, dumbbell swing and crunch press.

The PM spoke publicly last month about his wish to get into better shape, and admitted that being overweight probably played a factor in the severity of his illness.

In April Johnson, 56, was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in London after suffering persistent Covid-19 symptoms.

As his condition worsened over the course of the afternoon, he was moved to an intensive care unit for three days and received oxygen treatment.

Three weeks later at his first Downing Street press conference since falling ill, he still sounded ‘worryingly breathless’.

A report in July by Public Health England (PHE) found that being overweight or obese can dramatically increase the risk of hospital admission and death from coronavirus.

In a video posted on Twitter last month, Johnson said: ‘I’ve always wanted to lose weight for ages and, I think like many people, I struggle with my weight – I go up and down.

‘But since I recovered from coronavirus, I’ve been steadily building up my fitness.

‘I don’t want to make any excessive claims because I’ve only really just started concentrating on it, but I’m at least a stone down, I’m more than a stone down.

‘But when I went into ICU (intensive care) when I was really ill … I was way overweight. I’m only 5ft 10″.

‘I start the day by going for a run with the dog, quite a gentle run but actually getting faster and faster now as I get fitter. There are health reasons, but it also makes you feel much better.’

The Government last month revealed its Better Health campaign, which aims to get the nation fitter to ease the pressure caused by obesity on the NHS and help people recover from Covid-19 more easily.

A survey by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation says people are suffering from breathing difficulties, extreme tiredness, changes in mood, anxiety and depression weeks and months after catching coronavirus.

Both charities say not enough support is being provided for the long term impact of the disease and they have set up a helpline for ‘recovered’ patients.

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