Pediatricians generally discourage teenagers — who are in the middle of a rapid growth phase — from powerlifting. Routinely attempting maximal lifts poses a “high risk” a teen’s health, says youth sports medicine specialist Paul Stricker.
Nevertheless, 14-year-old Jake Schellenschlager of Pasadena is making a name for himself as a powerlifting prodigy. The 119-pound athlete can bench press 205, squat 225, and deadlift 300. That’s pounds, people! His impressive lifts and young age have earned the nickname Wonder Kid.