Duo keep body building in the family

Father and son weightlifters Paul and Kyle Robertshaw. Picture by Gordon Wilkinson
Father and son weightlifters Paul and Kyle Robertshaw. Picture by Gordon Wilkinson

The saying ‘like father, like son’ couldn’t be more accurate for a father and son bodybuilding duo.

Kyle and Paul Robertshaw, of Ovenden, body build together and have a lot to flex their muscles for after achieving success in two important competitions, earning top positions on both the local and national stage.

Paul, who works for the National Grid, is a seasoned bodybuilder and has passed his passion for the hobby on to his son Kyle.

Paul, 43, said: “I’ve been into bodybuilding for a while, but Kyle has only been training for about eight months.

“Anybody can enter the Open Pennine Show, which is a qualifier for the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (IBFA) British finals.

“I planned to do it, but Kyle asked if he should give it a go too.

“It was a real buzz seeing Kyle on stage and it was a great moment when they got us on stage together.”

Although Kyle wasn’t placed in the competition, the judges were so impressed with his potential that they decided to grant him a place in the Under-18 category of the British finals, held on June 15.

Kyle, 17, said: “I was shocked because there were others there who were bigger than me.

“I just didn’t expect it and I felt really proud.

“I was really nervous going into the British finals because it is such a big show and I was up against 90 other people from all over the country, but it was amazing.”

Kyle was placed third in the competition, whilst Paul won his height and weight class and will now display his bodybuilding prowess on the world stage in October, when he travels to Rome to compete in the IBFA world championship.

It will be the second time Paul has competed in the world finals after achieving fourth place in 2004.

He said: “I feel a lot better about the competition now, I know a lot more and I’m feeling confident about winning it.”

Preparation for bodybuilding competitions includes a rigorous training and diet programme, but Kyle will be there to support his dad every step of the way.

Speaking about their shared hobby, Kyle said: “It’s good to have someone to share it with and because my dad works away, I always try to improve for when he comes back.

“We really encourage each other, he’s my inspiration and if I become half of what he is I’ll be happy.

“I’ll hopefully reach the British finals again next year and come first and in the future I want to compete in world championships.”