Active at Home with Nick Jones

Active at Home with Nick Jones

Active at Home with Nick Jones

Nick Jones, the owner of The Lakeside Fitness Studio, was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease when he was 24 years old. He is the strength and conditioning instructor for British Blind Sport's Active at Home programme and is passionate about helping others with sight loss experience the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

"I'm Nick, an Economics Grad turned Personal Trainer. I career transitioned after being diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease (A genetic form of Macular Degeneration, where I am losing my central vision). It was the perfect excuse to move away from computers and move into a career that I truly love."

Nick has always been interested in health and fitness. He previously played rugby, swam for the southwest of England, was a member of Bath Cricket Club, and played tennis for the LTA. However, Nick insists that his true passions are weight training and being active in the gym.

Nick Jones wearing a BBS t-shirt"The gym has had the greatest influence on me because it has taught me that the more effort I put in, the better the results I get. This is an ethos that I have applied to all aspects of my life; hard work truly pays off in the end! I've been training for over 15 years. My main goal is to stay as physically fit and healthy as I can while having fun and helping as many people as possible."

British Blind Sport launched its Active at Home programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce isolation and support people with sight loss to be active. As one of the activity providers, Nick was able to use his passion to help people with sight loss maintain their physical and mental well-being.

"The pandemic has been especially difficult for blind and partially sighted people. The reduction in interaction made it difficult for people with sight loss to exercise. The live workouts were a great way to break through barriers and help people get or stay active. I've met some wonderful people through British Blind Sport's Active at Home programme. There's a strong sense of community, and it feels good to be able to help others."

The programme has been running successfully for over a year and has become a key component of British Blind Sport’s delivery, encouraging more people with sight loss to be active than ever before. Thanks to Nick and the other Active at Home providers, British Blind Sport now has a diverse range of audio-led workouts that users can access from anywhere at any time.

For more information about the programme or to get involved, visit: https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/