Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson loves to work out. The amazing 10-year-old beat out six adults and became the national strongwoman in a weightlifting competition in Gloucester, UK. She won the title by lifting nearly three times her body weight.
During the competition, Aeryn-Ejjina did a 22.5kg (50 pounds) log press. She also won first place in the silver dollar deadlift for being the lightest person to lift three times her body weight. She lifted nearly 96kg.
She came in fifth in a competition called the “yolk walk,” where she carried a 65kg barbell across her shoulders for 32 seconds. She was able to walk about 15 meters before having to stop. The young national strongwoman also brought home a medal and a trophy for a “push, pull, and move,” competition that she was a guest lifter at in Gloucester on August 22.
The young girl started weightlifting when she was 7. She made a barbell out of Legos to convince her parents to let her pursue the sport. They were hesitant at first but eventually let her follow her dreams.
“A lot of people have the misconception that young people shouldn’t lift but in many countries, it’s a national sport,” said her father, Craig. “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.”
Aeryn-Ejjina has been working with professional trainers from Oak Strength, a personal training company based out of Gloucestershire. The young girl works out twice a day – once in the morning and a second time – after she finishes her homework. She wakes up at 5:00 a.m. every morning just like her personal hero, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson wants to compete in the Olympic Games one day. She has plans to compete in the British Open this November.
Her workout routine involves lifting kettlebells and dumbbells. One of her biggest training achievements is being able to pull a two-ton transit van for ten meters.
When asked about her new national strongwoman title, Aeryn-Ejjina said that she was proud of her accomplishments and ready for her next competition. “I feel proud and I’m excited for my next competition,” said Aeryn-Ejjina. “I dream of being in the Olympics, but I didn’t think I’d be doing this at age ten. I wasn’t expecting to get into strong woman but once I saw it I knew it was my thing.”
Until she is able to compete in the Olympics, Aeryn-Ejjina will be building up her strength and practicing her form. Her father joked that she’s the person to open all the difficult jars at home. We guess that’s one way to use all those muscles!
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