Five year old Romanian weightlifter

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    Oct 27, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Okay, so I saw this video, and my jaw dropped! You are looking at a future gold medal gymnast!

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    Oct 27, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
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    Oct 27, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Damn !!! this is one hella coordinated little strong man !!! Not sure I've ever seen such coordination at age 5. I have to wonder though if the competitiveness at such a young age is really good for him, I wonder if it won't come back to 'bite' him when in his teens, or later in life. Just concerned I guess.
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    Oct 27, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    i was probably eating play-do at that age.
  • TexanMan82

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    Oct 28, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
    That's weird
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    Oct 28, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    realifedad said Damn !!! this is one hella coordinated little strong man !!! Not sure I've ever seen such coordination at age 5. I have to wonder though if the competitiveness at such a young age is really good for him, I wonder if it won't come back to 'bite' him when in his teens, or later in life. Just concerned I guess.


    Agreed.... I wonder if he feels driven to do this because he likes it, because he feels some internal pressure, or because his parents noticed his talent and are now pushing him....

    To me, 5 year olds should just be running around and playing.... not doing push ups upside down.... icon_question.gificon_idea.gif
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    Oct 28, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    Damn... wish *my* arms were that strong....
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    Oct 28, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    what the........icon_eek.gif

    that's amazing
  • olden

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    Oct 28, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I vote with Real Life Dad. The kid is a five-year old - let him enjoy being a child. Wait at least until he is old enough to understand what he is doing and why. Humans turn their children into trained monkeys and parade them around fas an ego trip of the parents. And I have never met one of those poor tortured people who had their heads screwed on right.
  • gallus81

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    Oct 28, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    you can only hope his parents have their heads screwed on right and allow him to have a childhood, as well as gold medals.
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    Oct 28, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    They have electricity in Romania? ... icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    Clearly that super strength comes from being a vampire icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Wow!
    That little guy is a freak! Being a former competitive gymnast, even I couldn't do some of the things he's doing, and at his young age. I echo some of the earlier comments. As long as the kid is really enjoying himself and having fun with it all, it's fine. He's definitely got natural talent, not to mention amazing body control and strength, but it's not a given he'd be a great gymnast. I'm seeing more Cirque du Soleil in his future. Still, it would be interesting to see if he does end up in gymnastics. Definitely a name to watch for in the next 10 to 15 years...
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    Amazing but then... more scary ..unhealthy?..and how will he be by teens, 20s, and beyond???? Will he be on here in 13+ years? ha
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    i thought weight training was totally unhealthy at such a young age and it could stop the natural development of this boy.
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
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    I don't think he is gonna be tall. icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    I'm amazed but i wonder how healthy that could be for a 5 year old...not just physically but mentally...makes me wonder about his mindset.
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    Oct 28, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    I can't believe people are criticizing this.

    Actually, I think that is amazing. How could it not be healthy to get your kid into fitness at an early age? Most parents are plopping their kids in front of the TV and feeding them junk food. To me this is vastly healthier.

    It's just like kids that are taught to play a musical instrument really young- they usually grow up to be prodigies. This kid will be an excellent athlete all his life. He's got a head start on most other kids.

    I wasn't pushed hard enough as a kid, and I turned out to be a juvenile delinquent, lacking ambition, and have paid the price my whole life until just recently when I snapped out of it. Never be afraid to teach kids how to excel in anything, especially if they show natural ability. Never underestimate what an inspired and encouraged child can do.
  • MotorBrett

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    Oct 28, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    3:38 looks like roid rage, to me.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 28, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    I actually wonder, given his extremely high level of musculature despite his age, whether he might carry either a myostatin mutation. Mutations which inactivate the myostatin gene in cattle produce the double muscle phenotype, meaning a lot more meat on the cow. Some myostatin mutants are known among humans, which result in toddlers with large and defined muscles. Carrying such a mutation on both of your myostatin genes can be dangerous -- a large percentage of people who do end up with severe nutritional problems, as their abdominal muscles grow large enough to interfere with digestion -- but a single copy can lead to significant strength even with relatively minimal training.
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:16 PM GMT
    All I can say is think the Williams sisters, and Tiger Woods...how old were they when their parents (Father) started them??
  • Timbales

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    Oct 28, 2009 1:24 PM GMT
    A kid like that is going to have a lot of energy and it needs to be channeled. Getting him into a structured activity makes sense.