At some point in their young lives every child has wished that they could be the toughest kid in school. Indeed, every wimpy kid has dreamed of the day that they’d be old enough to start working out, so that they could show off some real strength. But some kids don’t wait for adulthood to arrive before hitting the weights.
In fact, these children didn’t even wait for kindergarten – resulting in some insane muscles that are truly difficult to believe. These are the ten kids that absolutely no bully would want to mess with on the playground.
10. Gage Gregurich
While most ten-year-olds were learning how to climb rope in gym, Gage Gregurich was already deadlifting nearly three times his own weight. In fact, the 64 lb wunderkind set multiple world records at the 2014 Junior Olympics, despite only being in the fifth grade.
However, the Nebraska native in fact only worked out twice a week, for a maximum of 80 minutes total. Nevertheless, his strength has seen him lift an impressive 170 lbs, and he has walked away with prizes from several weightlifting competitions.
9. C.J. Senter
Affectionately dubbed “the Workout Kid,” C.J Senter boasts muscles that any powerlifter would envy. But his insane physique isn’t the product of any arduous bodybuilding regime. In fact, the Georgia resident built up his strength with nothing more than a balanced diet and regular exercise.
By the age of ten, Senter was already releasing workout DVDs and promoting healthy living. Nonetheless, his efforts have been met with criticism from some concerned parents who have argued that he promotes unrealistic body standards among children.
8. Naomi Kutin
Beginning her weightlifting career at the age of eight, Naomi Kutin’s strength is so monumental that she can now deadlift 209 lbs of weight. Indeed, the 14-year-old weightlifter has already set world records – and was the subject of a 2016 documentary, titled Supergirl.
Introduced to the sport by her father Ed, Kutin remains a powerful player in the field. But, there is one obstacle that has sometimes kept her apart from other girls when weightlifting. “Because I’m Jewish I can’t lift on Shabbos,” the New Jersey native explained to The Forward.
7. Little Mikala
Emerging as a YouTube sensation back in 2009, ten-year-old Little Mikala shocked the internet with her extraordinarily ripped eight-pack. Surprisingly, Mikala apparently required little effort to gain her impressive abs, as she claimed on LC and Jack in 2011 that she “was born like this.”
Another six years on, and Mikala is still as muscular as ever and putting her strength to good use. In 2013 she qualified in her first AAU Junior Olympics, where she competed in shot put, discus and the long jump. Could these be the first steps of a promising new Olympian?
6. Liam Hoekstra
While many have to work hard to build up strength, little Liam Hoekstra was actually born with superhuman genes. Due to a myostatin deficiency in his body, Hoekstra was able to develop 40 per cent more muscle mass than the average toddler.
Because of this, the Michigan resident has always been capable of performing tasks beyond his years. By five months – before the age that most babies can crawl – he could walk, and he could do chin-ups by the time of his first birthday. Now 11 years old, Hoekstra loves playing hockey and has put his metabolism to good use by entering competitive eating contests.
5. Bo and Cap Ice
Most famous for appearing on TLC’s Baby Bodybuilders, Bo and Cap Ice are brothers with an amazing aptitude for strength. According to their father, Bobby, the Virginian siblings did a staggering 90,000 push-ups and nearly 210,000 sit-ups between them in a single year.
Under the tutelage of their dad, Bo and Cap – now 11 and eight, respectively – have been training since the age of six. And, while their morning workouts are often grueling, their hard work has paid off. Just last year, the pair took home gold medals from Las Vegas’ Natural Olympia Show.
4. Andriy Kostash
When it comes to working out, few things make us sweat quite like push-ups. But while the average adult would find completing 40 reps a challenge, Ukrainian boy wonder Andriy Kostash completed 4,000 of them, consecutively, at the tender age of seven.
Training since the age of five, Kostash set a national record when he performed the astounding feat in 2012. Amazingly, though, the performance wasn’t actually the athlete’s best, as he had managed to reach 6,000 push-ups while preparing for the task.
3. Arat Hosseini
At three and a half years of age, Arat Hosseini has to be one of the internet’s most famous toddlers. In fact, thanks to his incredible acts of gymnastics, this Iranian pre-schooler has already racked up 690,000 Instagram followers and has even performed on Chinese TV.
Showing an interest in gymnastics at just nine months of age, Hosseini has remarkable upper body strength and an amazing capacity for learning. Indeed, his father Mohamed told the Daily Mail that Arat can master a trick “after ten minutes of practice.”
2. Sanali Ricardo
Another star of Baby Bodybuilders, eight-year-old Sanali Ricardo has been making a splash in the world of gymnastics. And – due to her diligence and hard work – she’s already scoring top marks in championships and competitions.
But every great athlete needs a great trainer, and the pre-teen from Virginia has that in the form of her ex-Marine dad. A former Mr. Universe himself, Phillip Ricardo uses his own military training on Sanali and her 11-year-old brother, Ethan, which includes crunches, burpees and sessions at the gym.
1. Giuliano and Claudiu Stroe
No, you’re not experiencing double vision right now – those are the unfathomably toned bodies of brothers Giuliano and Claudiu Stroe. Aged just 12 and ten, respectively, the Romanian siblings are shaping up to be serious contenders in bodybuilding.
Indeed, committed to punishing two-hour daily workouts, the brothers have already earned respect within the athletic community. Since 2009 Giuliano has in fact broken world records for several years running in fields such as the human flag, handstand push-ups and 90-degree push-ups.