The Washington Post ran an incredible profile of Jake Schellenschlager, a 14-year-old powerlifter from outside Baltimore. Below is a tweet from his Twitter page.
— Jake Schellenschlage (@Jakeschell224) January 9, 2013
From the Washington Post article:
Three hundred pounds is obviously double his body weight,” says his trainer, Mike Sarni. His physical strength is matched by his mental toughness. “He doesn’t feel he can be defeated. It is that inner strength that tells him, ‘I can do this.’ Usually, you only get that in older, more mature people.”
Also from the Washington Post article:
You want to make sure they are doing proper form and not lifting too heavy,” said [Jake’s dad Chris] Schellenschlager, 42, a maintenance tech. “I know it’s bad on the joints with him still growing. Some don’t believe it is good to have kids weight lifting too early. But Jake never complains about pain or hurting, and he gets regular check-ups.
Read the whole profile over at Washington Post. Photo gallery alone is worth seeing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/14-year-old-makes-his-mark-on-the-powerlifting-circuit/2014/01/01/73ef9e2a-5b84-11e3-a66d-156b463c78aa_story.html