Bomb victim in bootcamp boost
Army instructor damaged legs in explosion
A BUCKS man who survived a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has taken to running his own military-style bootcamp to help people reach their fitness goals.
Tim Jones, 26, originally from Denham, has been runningBeaconsfield-based Military Specific Fitness since September last year.
Before this he was a physical fitness instructor in the Army when he was hit by a roadside bomb, in November 2011.
Speaking about the blast, Mr Jones said: “We went on a routine practice in Helmand Province, on November 20, when we were hit by an IED (improvised explosive device).
“Unfortunately the guy behind me was killed. We had two other casualties but they went straight back out and finished the tour, but I had operation after operation.”
Mr Jones eventually ended up having 16 operations on his legs. His right leg has recovered, but the left ‘will never be 100 per cent’. He said that he found it tough to cope immediately after and had a lot of guilt over his friend who had been killed.
“It was probably harder mentally and physically at the beginning. I struggled in the first few years with the mental side of things,” he said. “I had a lot of guilt. I’ve had a lot of reassurance, but there’s always that element. I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
“It was a tough year. I think I’m gradually now starting to see the benefits of everything I have done.
“Unfortunately, it was part and parcel of what we go out there for.”
But Mr Jones, who now lives in Loudwater, has found a new lease of life running the bootcamp at the Beacon Centre on Holtspur Way.
He is passionate about his fitness and through sheer determination managed to keep the bootcamp running over a cold winter which saw numbers rapidly decline.
He said: “If I can do it, then they can do it as well.”
He added: “I fully believe it will become a popular thing. I think we proved last year in the winter we have the longevity and hopefully we will see the business grow and we can help people try and reach their own fitness goals.”
Military Specific Fitness is running a free bootcamp at 11am on Saturday at the Beacon Centre, Holtspur Way.