Keeping up with Mr Jones

Keeping up with Mr Jones

“It’s obviously quite a unique situation at the moment, but it’s made me realise I probably socially isolate quite a lot of the time anyway!”

Lee Jones laughs as he discusses how he’s been adapting to life in lockdown, with the winger amongst the thousands of people across Glasgow currently getting into the routine of working from home.

It’s been a situation that’s been a new challenge for the man from Selkirk, in a career that’s included three successive Commonwealth Games selections, 10 caps for Scotland and over 70 appearances in a Glasgow jersey to date.

“I’m finding it alright – it’s easy to get on with other things, and I’ve just been trying to keep myself busy. The S&C (strength and conditioning) team have given us a fair idea of what we can do at home, so we’re able to work around that based on what each guy has got to hand.

“It’s important for me to have a structure to the day, so I’ll sit down at the start of each week and plan out what my training’s going to be each day."

Yet Jones isn’t the only elite athlete in his household. Wife Charline - a silver medallist in the velodrome at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi - has been keeping Glaswegians fit and healthy with her popular home workouts in recent weeks, including some familiar faces to the Warrior Nation.

“A few of the boys have been joining her workouts with their wives, which has been really good,” explained Jones.

“She keeps me on my toes as well, so I jump in with some of her stuff as well as my own training.

“Charline normally comes into Scotstoun on a Monday to do a yoga session with the boys, but that’s now moved online as well.

“There are a few boys that are the regulars at the yoga sessions Charline does at Scotstoun, so it was quite easy to set up – it was a case of setting up a Facebook group and then sending a message to the boys. They can join in live as Charline’s delivering the session, or they can watch it back and do it themselves later on.”

The current suspension of the Guinness PRO14 has also allowed Jones to develop another project; as well as his skills on the field, the winger has been showing off his skills in the kitchen with the launch of new food delivery service Prepd.

“That’s certainly been keeping me busy at the moment!” smiled Jones.

“It was an idea I’d had for a while – one of my mates runs a food truck business at The Big Feed in Glasgow, so between the two of us we set up a meal-prep sort of business. Obviously with The Big Feed not happening at the minute and the rugby currently suspended, it’s given us a bit of time to focus on that, get that up and running and deliver some nice, healthy meals across Glasgow.

“It’s something that’s been in the background for a while. This time has almost given us the opportunity to start pushing it, to be honest – it’s something that’s given me a focus away from rugby.”

You can guarantee one thing, however – when the action on the field is given the green light to resume, Jones, his fellow Warriors and the Scotstoun faithful will be raring to go.

“It’s just a case of being patient right now,” said the winger.

“When rugby does come back around it’ll be a pretty unique situation – fans will be eager to see some rugby and guys will be desperate to play. If anything, I think everyone will be refreshed and raring to go.

“Until then, though, stay home, stay safe, and we’ll be ready to get back out there when the time is right.”

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