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UK's first blind personal trainer right here in Aylesbury

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7:55am 13th January 2018

A man from Aylesbury has billed himself as the UK's first blind personal trainer.

James O'Driscoll lost his sight completely when he was 26 after being diagnosed with Leber’s optic hereditary neuropathy.

He said:

"One eye went overnight, and the other eye took six weeks to deteriorate.

"It was horrific. It took me about 4 years to come to terms with it.

"You expect the world to be different for you, and it's not that way. It's a case of adapting."

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James training with a client

James has since made himself a career in personal training. James continued:

"I use my hearing a lot, and I do have a support worker with me. I have my own gym and I know where everything is.

"Some people forget that I'm blind, some people are fascinated by it; to me I'm just doing something that I enjoy.

"I draw everything in my head; I used to do a lot of artwork before I lost my sight. So in my head, if someone is doing a squat, I'm drawing where their spine should be, hips should be, where their knees should and shouldn't be. Just by gently putting my finger tips on the hip hand in front of the knee, check the shoulders; you know the alignment's okay.

"You might have a personal trainer who could get distracted by what you're wearing, thinking 'Oh that's a nice top or nice pair of trainers'. I'm not like that because I'm thinking about how your muscles and your bones are working."

If you're interested in a training session with James, you can find out more here.

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