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.
Schellenschlager’s parents believe the sport is a healthy activity for their son, who only lifts under the supervision of his trainer. As his father sees it: “You don’t want your kid to be sitting on a couch and playing video games.”
You sure don’t. You want him lifting the couch over his head, ripping it into two pieces, and chucking it at the television!
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