Girl (10) beats ADULTS in National Strong Women’s Competition by lifting three times her own body weight
A 10-year-old girl defeated adults in a national strong women’s competition by lifting three times her own weight.
Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson started lifting after watching her father exercise, and she built a Lego dumbbell to convince her parents to let her go to the gym.
The Olympic hopeful trains twice a day and scored a place at a national competition in Gloucester, doing a series of different lifts and exercises.
She took first place in the silver dollar deadlift by being the lightest person to lift three times his body weight – 96 pounds in her case.
The 4ft 6in child also did a 22.5kg wood press – lifting weights from her shoulders straight over her head – and set a new personal best.
Aeryn-Ejjina from Telford, Shropshire, said: ‘I am proud and looking forward to my next race.
Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson (pictured above), 10, started lifting after watching her father exercise, and she built a Lego dumbbell to convince her parents to let her go to the gym
The Olympic hopeful (left and right) trains twice a day and scored a place at a national competition in Gloucester, doing a series of different lifts and exercises
“I dream of competing in the Olympics, but I didn’t think I would do this when I was ten. I didn’t expect to become a strong woman, but once I saw it, I knew it was my thing.’
She built herself a barbell out of Lego when she was seven when her father Craig, 40, and administrative assistant Melody, 41, were hesitant to let her start lifting weights.
Inspired by her father’s three-week training and watching the sport on TV, she trained every day to be more like her hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In the end, her parents gave in and found her a good instructor.
Now she trains for at least two hours a day, starting at 5 a.m. while her parents and brother Jovan (11) are sleeping, with a second session after her homework is done.
She said, ‘The Rock is up at 5, so I thought I’d give it a try. I started doing it and then it’s just a habit I got.
“I enjoy it, but sometimes I get really tired, and I say to myself, ‘You did this yesterday, so you can do it again.’ And I can. I will never give up.’
Aeryn-Ejjina was invited by fitness company Oak Strength to enter the competition as a guest lifter on August 22.
Aeryn-Ejjina of Telford, Shropshire, also did a 22.5kg wood press – lifting weights from her shoulders straight over her head – and set a new personal best. She said: ‘I am proud and looking forward to my next match’
She won first place in the silver dollar deadlift by being the lightest person to weigh three times their body weight – 96 pounds in her case
In the competition — her first ever — she lifted a 96-pound barbell off the floor in a semi-squat motion similar to a deadlift, beating all six contestants for weight.
The challenge is called the silver dollar elevator because it used to be undertaken with two buckets of silver dollar coins attached to the ends of a metal bar.
She also carried a 65kg barbell over the back of her shoulders, dragged it a full 15 meters in 32 seconds and placed fifth in an event called the yolk walk.
Craig, a writer, said, “I don’t think you’ll find a crazier 10-year-old, but you won’t find a more committed one either.
“No matter how many times we say ‘you’re not going to do that, it’s crazy’, she always finds a way.
Aeryn-Ejjina (pictured above) was invited by fitness company Oak Strength to enter the competition as a guest lifter on August 22.
‘Many people have the misconception that young people are not allowed to lift, but in many countries it is a national sport.
“It’s all about training with people who are qualified to care for her as she develops so she learns to lift safely.
‘If you use the right technique, you’ll be fine, and well-trained people won’t let you lift unless you do it right.
“We’re really proud of her, and a little scared.”
He added: “Any time there is something to be done that requires strength, like opening a pickled onion jar, it’s Aeryn’s job.
“We have to use all those muscles.”