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Five year old Weight Lifter

return_to_hades IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 11:36pm | IP Logged
Found this article on Yahoo. Its about a five year old Romanian boy who is a weightlifter.

Giuliano Stroe has six-pack abs before turning six years old. And he's also in the Guinness Book of World Records before he can probably even read it.

Though it's highly unusual (and possibly unhealthy) for a child to start weight training at such a young age, the pre-schooler entered the record books earlier this year after completing the fastest ever 10-meter walk with a weight ball between the legs, which is both both highly impressive and highly specific. Since then, a four-minute video of Stroe has hit the Internet and made him a viral sensation.

It looks like a training montage from a Rocky movie, minus the Survivor soundtrack. (And, interestingly, Guiliano Stroe is almost the same size as Sylvester Stallone.)

The highlights:

0:32 -- The "Crouching Tiger" wall flip.

0:41 -- Backflips on the kitchen table. Even Richard Heene thinks that's questionable parenting.

1:43 -- Doing barbell curls with toddlers dancing to 50 Cent in the background.

3:19 -- More flipping, this time from a high bar.

3:39 -- My arms hurt from just watching that.

The pre-schooler's gymnastic skills are every bit as impressive as his weightlighting prowess. Both sports are national obsessions in Romania, so Stroe should have plenty of options when he becomes a teenager ... in 2017.

While its becoming an internet phenomenon, and its impressive to see such great discipline and development - I cannot help but be disturbed by it. Of course we want to raise kids to be disciplined and healthy - but this is the age for them to be a kid - run around with a sugar rush from candy - have fun playing with kids. Should they be really training kids so young like this?

Edited by return_to_hades - 28 October 2009 at 11:37pm

-Believe- IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 11:56pm | IP Logged

Thats too much...SmileNow a days for olypic or karate ,or other sport section ppls send their children for these activites very young age....Now a days ppl try to make a child old before he is old, don't crush him. That's what has happened in the world.....Confused old people are dominating children, and they want to pull them out of their childhood faster than nature allows. They kill and they crush  the child loses something forever.n when a child was not a child when he was a child... If a child is allowed freedom during his initial years, he will grow in strength and have enough intelligence to decide and to discuss.Smile

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 11:56pm | IP Logged

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 12:10am | IP Logged
I think it's the same as how parents try to get their child in some ad or serial or movie. The parents are trying to secure the future both for themselves and the child.
I think gymnastics is fine but weight training for a 5 yr old is too extreme.

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Summer3 IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 12:47am | IP Logged
Hey great I like it. Wish I had some of that stuff.LOL
 It is common in Communist countries to start the kids very early in such programmes. China does such selections by the millions for various sport activities too.
Personally kids should be allowed to be kids.

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 8:34am | IP Logged

Its often a case of parents wanting  to live out  their ambitions that they cud not achieve themselves thru their children. Its robbing their kids of their childhood .dedication & discipline is GR8 but one shud not imprison the childs spontainiety.

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 6:59pm | IP Logged
Depends on the parents, really, i am spellbound, 5-6 year old kid weight lifter? what are the parents trying to do?Ermm
return_to_hades IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 9:45pm | IP Logged
Gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, skating,weight lifting are popular sports in the eastern bloc nations. The life in some parts can be bleak with very few opportunities for people. Sports, especially Olympic sports that make people national heroes and set them for life are given great importance. People start training their kids as young as three and they compete aggressively before they hit puberty. Its similar in China and other nations too.

Nadia Comeneci was only 14 when she set her Olympic records. Many of these athletes burn out by the time they hit their twenties. Studies also showed psychological issues due to a lifetime of competition. Thats why the Olympic committee raised the competing age to 16, in the hope of reducing teens pressured into competitive sports.

However, China and Eastern Europe are suspected of faking birth records. For most people such treatment of kids is shocking and appalling. People find it wrong that parents use their kids that way. But many people say that its their only shot at hope, and even kids often say people who have it better do not realize how important such competitions are for them.

Nevertheless, its unreal for children to be treated this way and no matter what the circumstance - its unfair to deprive them of their childhood. Unfortunately, such child prodigies will continue till government, society and general life improves in Eastern Bloc nations.

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