The 35-year-old father, who also goes by “The Body Coach”, received the honor after helping children stay active with his online physical education classes when schools closed during the lockdown in March.
Joe was also praised for his charitable efforts with his workouts raising £ 580,000 for the NHS when he refused to take advantage of his channel’s sudden surge in popularity.
After starting out as a fitness trainer where no one would attend his bootcamps, Joe won a Guinness World Record when his online classes were watched by nearly a million people.
Speaking to PA after his MBE was announced, Joe said he was stunned by the recognition.
“I can’t believe it… To receive this is just amazing.
“I am so proud to have done something that helps so many people. ”
He thanked those who joined the workouts and made it a “special moment in my life”.
“To all the kids, to the parents, to the ladies at the dinner party, to the school teachers, to everyone who participated in one of my workouts, thank you for being there,” he said.
“To have that… It’s something I couldn’t even imagine, I couldn’t even believe.”
“I haven’t even told my mom and dad yet, so it’s a surprise to them and I hope they’ll be proud of me. ”
And he added: “My childhood and how I grew up, if you had met me as a little boy you would have thought, he won’t go anywhere, he won’t do anything great.
“But I turned the tables and I’m really proud to have become this person who helps people. “
Wicks has previously spoken of how he got into exercise and fitness because of his father’s addiction to heroin, a man who was “in and out of my life.”
The fitness guru said that after a troubled childhood and addiction himself, he strongly believed in using exercise as a tool for mental health and was keen to use his experience to help others.
“I’m so determined to keep the conversation going around mental health and exercise and to bring your kids into this environment where you exercise together.
He said, “I haven’t celebrated yet because I was waiting for him to come out.
“I’ll probably have a nice gin and tonic with my wife and (sit with our) kids in our kitchen, maybe have a nice meal sitting together and celebrate and talk about it. ”
Wicks, who struggled initially to get his business off the ground before uploading motivational clips to social media, said PE With Joe was his “proudest achievement.”
But “the MBE is the icing on the cake,” said the father of two, whose young children and wife Rosie have also appeared in his workouts.
“The impact I have had on families and children’s mental health is what I will remember forever and I am sure I will talk about it in years to come. ”
Joe said when PE With Joe was done he hit a “really low point.”
“I really felt pretty flat.
“I had so much purpose and I had this structured thing in my life that I was doing every day. I really loved and loved being there for the people.
“So when it was done, I was like, ‘What am I doing? I felt a little confused, a little lost.
“I want to come back to YouTube and continue to train, do other live training as well. “
He said of his workouts, “I would have been there if there was one person or a million people.
“I loved it, when he finished I really missed him.
“If you want me to come back, let me know!”
“And if we go into another (national) lockdown, I promise you I’ll be there every morning at 9am!” ”
He added, “Joe Wicks MBE, I can’t believe it! It’s like a dream come true! ”
Of the prospect of meeting royalty at Buckingham Palace, Joe said: “My mom and dad were taking me on a trip to London and I remember standing outside the gates looking inside. and always wondering what it was really like inside.
“It would be amazing if I had the chance to go there and visit the Queen.
“I’m not sure what’s going on, obviously with the current situation, but it would be a dream come true. “