Ragazza, 10, beats ADULTS in national strongwoman contest

Ragazza, 10, who started weightlifting after she built herself a barbell out of LEGO and says her hero is ‘The Rock’ beats ADULTS in national strongwoman contest by lifting three times her own bodyweight

  • Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson, 10, got into lifting after watching her father do the sport
  • Olympic hopeful won first place in silver dollar deadlift at contest in Gloucester
  • She lifted a 96-kilo barbell, beating all other contestants because of her weight
  • Aeryn-Ejjina, di Telford, said she is ‘proud and ‘excitedfor her next competition
  • A 10-year-old girl has beaten adults in a national strongwoman contest by lifting three times her own weight.

    Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson got into lifting after watching her father do the sport, and she built a Lego barbell to convince her parents to let her hit the gym.

    The Olympic hopeful trains twice a day and scored a place at a national competition in Gloucester, performing a series of different lifts and exercises.

    She won first place in the silver dollar deadlift by being the lightest person to heave three times their body weight – 96 kilos in her case.

    The 4ft 6in child also did a 22.5kg log presslifting weights off her shoulders straight above her headachieving a new personal best.

    Aeryn-Ejjina from Telford, Shropshire, disse: ‘I feel proud and I’m excited for my next competition.

    Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson (nella foto sopra), 10, got into lifting after watching her father do the sport, and she built a Lego barbell to convince her parents to let her hit the gym

    Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson (nella foto sopra), 10, got into lifting after watching her father do the sport, and she built a Lego barbell to convince her parents to let her hit the gym

    The Olympic hopeful trains twice a day

    She scored a place at a national competition in Gloucester, performing a series of different lifts and exercises

    The Olympic hopeful (sinistra e destra) trains twice a day and scored a place at a national competition in Gloucester, performing a series of different lifts and exercises

    ‘I dream of being in the Olympics, but I didn’t think I’d be doing this at age 10. I wasn’t expecting to get into strong woman but once I saw it I knew it was my thing.

    She built herself a barbell out of Lego aged seven when her father Craig, 40, and admin-worker mother Melody, 41, were hesitant to let her start lifting weights.

    Inspired by her father’s thrice-weekly workout, and watching the sport on TV, she trained every day in a bid to be more like her hero Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

    Eventually her parents gave in and found her a proper instructor.

    Now she does at least two hours training a day, starting at 5am while her parents and brother Jovan, 11, are asleep, with a second session after her homework is done.

    Lei disse: ‘The Rock gets up at five so I thought I’d try it. I started doing it and then it’s just a habit that I’ve got into.

    ‘I enjoy it but sometimes I get really tired, then I normally tell myselfyou did this yesterday so you can do it again.And I can. I’ll never give it up.

    Aeryn-Ejjina was invited to take part as a guest lifter in the competition by fitness company Oak Strength on August 22.

    Aeryn-Ejjina from Telford, Shropshire, also did a 22.5kg log press - lifting weights off her shoulders straight above her head - achieving a new personal best. Lei disse: 'I feel proud and I'm excited for my next competition'

    Aeryn-Ejjina from Telford, Shropshire, also did a 22.5kg log presslifting weights off her shoulders straight above her headachieving a new personal best. Lei disse: ‘I feel proud and I’m excited for my next competition

    She won first place in the silver dollar deadlift by being the lightest person to heave three times their body weight - 96 kilos in her case

    She won first place in the silver dollar deadlift by being the lightest person to heave three times their body weight – 96 kilos in her case

    At the competitionher first evershe heaved a 96-kilo barbell off the floor, using a semi-squatting motion similar to a dead lift, beating all other six contestants because of her weight.

    The challenge is called the silver dollar lift because it used to be undertaken with two buckets of silver dollar coins on the ends of a metal bar.

    She also carried a 65kg barbell across the back of her shoulders, lugging it a full 15 metres in 32 secondi, coming fifth in an event called the yolk walk.

    brama, a writer, disse: ‘I don’t think you’ll find a crazier 10-year-old, but you won’t find one more dedicated either.

    ‘No matter how many times we sayyou’re not going to do that, è pazzesco”, she’ll always find a way.

    Aeryn-Ejjina (nella foto sopra) was invited to take part as a guest lifter in the competition by fitness company Oak Strength on August 22

    Aeryn-Ejjina (nella foto sopra) was invited to take part as a guest lifter in the competition by fitness company Oak Strength on August 22

    ‘A lot of people have the misconception that young people shouldn’t lift but in many countries it’s a national sport.

    ‘It’s all about training with people qualified to look after her as she develops so she learns to lift safely.

    ‘If you do the right technique you’re okay, and properly trained people won’t let you lift unless you’re doing it properly.

    ‘We’re really proud of her, and slightly scared.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘Any time there’s something needs doing that requires strength like opening a pickled onion jar it’s Aeryn’s job.

    ‘We’ve got to make use of all those muscles.

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