Sunday, April 29, 2018
Hard to believe
The girl in the photo above, Luma Valones, is 5 years old. She weighs 35 pounds but can lift more than that - 18 pounds more (53). She has been lifting weights since she was 3.
Etta Nichols, another powerlifter, weighs 65 pounds and can lift 143 pounds. But she is 11 years old and trains three times a week. Her training has paid off as she has set 12 new American records. Then, you have Damiyah Smith, also 11; she holds 22 world records and has started her own fitness brand for children, Powerhouse Athletics. The only boy mentioned in the article is 12 year-old Garrett Stinchcomb, now 12, of Broken Arrow, Okla., found his way into powerlifting. Over three years of competing, he’s accumulated 26 national titles, nine world records, and two gold Junior Olympics medals.
It sounds to me as though parents are using their kids to make money.