Lucy Wyndham-Read

Who is Lucy Wyndham-Read

Lucy Wyndham-Read is an English fitness instructor who is active on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and other social platforms. She was born on 21st December 1970 in Sussex, England. She is known for posting fitness-related content on her social media.

Early life of Lucy Wyndham-Read

Lucy grew up in an artistic family with a father who worked as a folk singer and a mother who was an artist. That’s why it was kind of surprising when Lucy asked them to sign her up for Army cadet camp when she was 15 years old. Her parents didn’t question her decision and sent her there. Although she didn’t tell anyone, Lucy was bullied at school and wanted to do something about it. She didn’t want to be seen as the clumsy, awkward girl who let anyone talk down on her. She saw this camp as an opportunity to toughen up.

Personal life of Lucy Wyndham-Read

At the camp, Lucy met her boyfriend, Mike. They instantly liked each other and became practically inseparable. Their connection didn’t break even when Mike joined the Army and flew to training in Botswana. They stayed connected, talking regularly on the phone, and meeting only occasionally. When Lucy was 18 years old, Mike fled back and proposed to her. Without a single question, Lucy said yes, and the couple became engaged.

Lucy Wyndham-Read in the Army

After some time, Lucy decided to follow in Mike’s footsteps and joined the military as well. Her motivation was shared between wanting to toughen up and proving her enemies wrong. Obviously, Lucy’s enemies and classmates didn’t believe that a small girl like her could ever survive the military training. Many years later, Lucy spoke about her first day in the military when she arrived wearing a dress. She remembered her surprise when she was greeted by a group of short-haired and muscular-looking women. Her initial training took place in Hampshire, where she was required to stay for 12 weeks of high-impact training. Even though she was uncertain at first, Lucy proved everyone wrong by completing the whole training. After the first week, she felt motivated and certain of success.

After some time, Lucy was promoted and got the chance to serve as a dental nurse in the Army. Even though it might not seem like the biggest accomplishment, Lucy was thrilled about her new position. She planned to start working as a dental nurse when she came back from the Army and start a normal life. Mike had similar plans, looking for openings at firefighter facilities. Mike and Lucy wrote to each other every chance they got and were looking forward to starting a life together.

Tragic ending of Lucy Wyndham-Read's relationship

While Lucy was working hard and waiting for another word from Mike, she got a phone call in 1992 at 3 AM. After picking up, Lucy was left wordless when she learned that her fiancé Mike was killed. It was all a tragic accident which happened at Mike’s dorm. Before going to sleep, he and his roommate played with their unloaded guns, not noticing that one bullet was unremoved. Mike died just weeks before his discharge. His roommate was charged with manslaughter and later diagnosed with PTSD. Even though Lucy completely broke down, she managed to forgive Mike’s friend since she knew that his act was unintended.

Fitness career of Lucy Wyndham-Read

After coming back to her Army duties, Lucy found out that she didn’t enjoy it anymore since everything reminded her of Mike. Instead, she started to work out even harder, often running miles by herself. She found herself calmer while exercising, processing her grief in a healthier way. She stayed in the Army for another year until quitting in 1994. Because exercise helped her so much, Lucy decided to stick with it and got certified as a personal trainer. She started working at a local gym as a personal trainer. She was concerned that the gym didn’t have much equipment and asked the owner for a reason. He told her that most of the gym members stopped showing up after a while, so buying more equipment would be unprofitable.

Lucy Wyndham-Read on YouTube

Lucy wanted to motivate other people to stay fit and work on themselves. To approach as many people as possible, she created her self-titled YouTube channel in 2012 and started posting fitness-related videos. Her initial thought was to publish her usual workouts because she enjoyed them. But after searching the YouTube fitness community, Lucy discovered the reason why people were so quickly unmotivated. Every other beginner-friendly video she found contained advanced exercises and challenging moves. She realized that people just wanted really easy workout plans to help them get in shape. Lucy took it upon herself to create actual beginner-friendly workouts, so everyone could participate.

Even though she didn’t make much money, Lucy continued posting videos to motivate at least some people. Times were often complicated, and Lucy had to work extra hours in the gym to earn money for rent, but she didn’t quit and continued trying. She saved money for a better camera, and as soon as her video quality improved, her viewings went up. Nowadays, Lucy owns one of the most popular fitness channels on YouTube, making a lot more money and engaging with more people. Her most popular video, 7 Day Challenge 7 Minute Workout To Lose Belly Fat, has over 133 million views. Her other videos are earning millions of views as well, while Lucy continues to post a new video every week.  

Interesting facts about Lucy Wyndham-Read

  • As of 2022, she is 51 years old.
  • Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
  • Her height is 5'5'' or 165 cm.
  • She attended an Army cadet camp when she was 15 years old.
  • She joined the military when she was 18 years old.
  • Her boyfriend died in a tragic accident during his time in the Army.
  • She left the Army in 1994.
  • She is a certified personal trainer.
  • She joined YouTube in 2012.
  • Her most popular video is 7 Day Challenge 7 Minute Workout To Lose Belly Fat, with over 133 million views.
  • She has over 2,22 million subscribers on YouTube.