Who is Mr Motivator – and what is the lycra-clad home workout instructor doing now?

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Mr Motivator, whose real name is Derrick Evans, was a staple of daytime TV in the 1990s.


He rose to fame on through regular appearances on GMTV, where he performed live fitness sessions and offered tips to viewers.

The lycra-clad fitness instructor, now aged 69, also released a number of fitness workout videos off the back of his popularity.

However, in 2000, the Jamaican-born health and wellbeing coach left GMTV and went back to his home country because of his daughter's health issues. He continued to return to the UK for TV appearances.

After being on and off screens for several years he finally made a TV comeback during the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Motivator rose to fame in the 1990s
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Here is everything you need to know about Mr Motivator, including where he is now.

Who is Mr Motivator?

Derrick Evans, better known as Mr Motivator, was born in Manchester, Jamaica in 1952.

He moved to the UK in 1961, and in 1983 Derrick began teaching exercise classes at a church in North West London.

Derrick's classes were so popular he was asked by the British Heart Foundation to teach classes throughout the UK.

Mr Motivator is a health and fitness coach
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He eventually rose to fame in 1993 when he was hired by GMTV. He's well-known for his neon lycra and upbeat style.

He promoted fitness as a way of life, and would often perform live routines on air in highly-colourful outfits.

Mr Motivator was also well-known for his catchphrases, and would urge the public to "be happy", "get wicked" and would frequently yell: "Everybody say yeah!".

He was so popular he also released a number of fitness videos, including Mr. Motivator's 10 Minute BLTs, Mr. Motivator's 10 Minute Workouts and Body Conditioner: Shot in Barbados.

Mr Motivator's real name is Derrick Evans

In 2000 he left GMTV because his youngest daughter Abigail was having "breathing problems" at the time.

Despite living in Jamaica, he would return regularly to the UK to make appearances at events.

He also made a long-awaited return in GMTV in 2009 for a three-week long special to promote public health programme Change4Life.

In 2018 he raffled off his incredible Jamaican mansion for just £23 a ticket.

Where did his nickname come from?

According to Derrick, his nickname came from street performances he, Richard Madeley and J udy Finnigan gave to crowds in shopping centres and streets.

He said Judy said that Derrick was a motivator, and the name stuck.

Where is Mr Motivator now?

Mr Motivator is well known for his bright clothing and motivational catchphrases
(Image: PA)

Mr Motivator moved back to the UK in 2018, and now lives in Manchester with his family.

In 2020 he made a huge comeback when he realised home workouts had regained popularity during the coronavirus lockdown.

The same year he was awarded an MBE for services to health and fitness as part of the Queen's postponed birthday honours list.

This was after he created online home exercises during the coronavirus lockdown.