March 22, 2012
The two Romanian brothers, ages five and seven, are incredibly strong for their ages. But how would they fare in a weightlifting competition against a 10-year-old girl? How would YOU fare in a weightlifting competition against a 10-year-old girl?
Before you scoff, you may want to know that the 10-year-old girl of Fairlawn, N.J., Naomi Kutin, recently broke the women's world record for raw squatting with a lift of 215 pounds at the RAW Unity weightlifting invitational in Texas, NBC Sports reported. She only weighs 93 pounds.
Kutin took the record from a 44-year-old European woman who set it last year. She astonishingly broke the 97-pound division (209 pounds).
The young girl told a local Texas news station why she wanted to get into weightlifting. "When I was younger, my friends would be doing a lot of things that I couldn't do, and I wanted to do something extraordinary," she said.
Here's an older video of her lifting:
It's a common misconception that children should not strength train. But research shows that when the program follows guidelines, it can be safe and effecive.
Remember that not every kid needs to be squatting 215 pounds like Kutin. If you're interested in incorporating strength training into a youth fitness program, check out this ACE youth strength training resource that provides six full-body workouts.
By the American Council on Exercise