Paddy McGuinness celebrates birthday with unusual fitness challenge

Lancashire funnyman Paddy McGuinness has surprised his fans with an unusual birthday celebration on social media, as he turned 49 on Sunday.

The Top Gear presenter ditched the more typical convention of cake and presents as he participated in a special fitness challenge to mark his 49 years in the world.

To celebrate his birthday, and reaching the last year of his forties before next year’s big 50, Paddy decided to showcase his impressive fitness skills by performing 49 press ups, one for every year birthday he has had so far.

In a caption alongside a video shared on Instagram, Paddy wrote: "49 for 49 and feeling fine! Happy Birthday to all my fellow Leo’s!!!! Hope y’all have a wonderful Birthday. Did I mention it’s my birthday today? Get on that @keithlemon!"

Ahead of the challenge, the star told his fans: “It’s my birthday. Oh-ho yes! And what better way to celebrate, than by doing some press ups…on my own. “

“To be honest I can think of better ways to celebrate, but to be fair, Christine and the kids have given me an hour off, to do a little bit of birthday training.”

“Here we go! 49 for 49.”

Dressed in a black t-shirt and jogging bottoms, the dad of three then took to the floor in his swanky looking home gym, to complete the challenge he had set himself.

In an impressive twist, Paddy actually beat his goal and performed 51 press-ups instead of his intended 49, which the star jokingly said would mean he could reuse the video for his next two birthdays too.

“I did 51!” He told the camera triumphantly. “I can use that video for the next couple of years, always thinking.”

He then concluded the cheeky clip, “Anyhow, I can see colours. Happy Birthday to—“

This year’s birthday marks the first since Paddy and wife of 11 years Christine McGuinness called time on their relationship last month, with the pair formally deciding to separate.

However despite the end of their relationship, the pair are continuing to live together in the family home as they co-parent their three young children, Felicity, Penelope and Leo.

Aside from indulging in fitnesses challenges, there’s no rest for the wicked for the in demand comedian, as he also recently revealed he would be returning to Question of Sport from Monday (August 15).

Paddy also recently gave fans a sneak peek behind the scenes of Top Gear’s upcoming series as he revealed a selection of snacks enjoyed by his co-stars.

In a clip shared to Instagram, Paddy revealed a car boot brimming with sweets and chocolate, that included everything from Haribo to Oreos, and even a few nākd snack bars thrown in for good measure.

"Back on Top Gear and we take our snacking very seriously.”

He then proceeded to point out which snacks belonged to his co-stars Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff, as he zoomed in on the various items, before staking his claim on his own favourite.

Appearing to be in high spirits, Paddy said: “This is Harris', he likes his peppermint Aeros. Ooh white Snickers – them's Fred's and a big box of biscuits – they're mine.”


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