FITNESS has become a real family affair for Paul Carlin and his grandson, as they have teamed up to launch a boot camp business in Burton.
The former religious studies teacher and his grandson Damon Eaton, who recently graduated from Derby University with a degree in sport science, are aiming to encourage people of all ages to improve their fitness and lead healthier lifestyles.
The duo, who live together in Winshill, held their first weekly boot camp session at the Glebe, in Stapenhill, on Friday, and they are also running residential boot camps at Rosliston Forestry Centre.
Mr Carlin, 62, told the Mail: “We’re trying to appeal to older people and younger people and to encourage them to get fitter if they can.”
The idea to team up came about after he retired from teaching religious studies at William Allitt School in Newhall. Mr Eaton, 27, had recently graduated from Derby University, and working as a personal trainer, but he was looking to build more of a career in fitness.
Mr Carlin said: “I’m not ready to buy a pipe and a pair of slippers yet. I’ve always tried to keep fit and now I want to keep myself as fit and well as I can to get the best out of my life. I think it’s great to be working together to do that.”
The collaboration have seen the tables turn for the pair, who have always had a close relationship.
It was Mr Carlin who first introduced his grandson to weight training, and now he is learning about nutrition and other things from the younger man.
Mr Eaton will be the main trainer for Fitness and Adventure Bootcamps, as the company is called, and Mr Carlin will be working with older people, which is where his interest lies.
“I want to help people to achieve some of the fitness they had when they were younger,” he told the Mail, adding that a recent news story showed that exercise was as effective as pills for helping older people recover from certain illnesses.