A CHILD weightlifter appeared on a TV show because his athletic prowess was unrecognizable six years later.
Gage Gregurich is the star of the 2016 TLC documentary Baby Bodybuilders, about young athletes competing in competitions.
The eye-opening performance featured then 11-year-old Gage and his father Bryce as he prepared for the competition.
In the documentary, Gage, portraying a gritty Mohican, brags that he’s been winning weightlifting competitions since he was 9 years old.
“I can lift more than any kid 12 or younger and 66lb in this or any other universe,” the boy soon said.
He went on to say that he started weightlifting when he was 9 years old “because my dad was going to the gym and I wanted to go too”.
Now 17 and in high school in her hometown of Nebraska, Gage explains what it’s like to be a child weightlifter.
“I actually started bodybuilding through someone from HBO who attended the Children’s Olympics to build strength, and she loved my personality and personality so they ended up doing a documentary about me. and that person succeeded,” he told The Sun Online.
“But through some of the people we met in that documentary, we met people from TLC who wanted to make a documentary about me.
“So I really started working out through strength training. I’ve always played a lot of sports, at the time I was playing football, wrestling and also basketball.”
At the age of 9, Gage explained, “I was trying to triple my body weight, which is 171 pounds.
Still hitting the gym, he’s now able to put on an amazing 395 pounds, squat 355 pounds and sit on the bench 265 pounds.
When asked about his unusual upbringing, he continued: “Yes, my childhood was very different from normal children.
“A lot of exposure, but I enjoyed all the experiences and learned a lot from them.
I tried to triple my body weight, which is 171 pounds
“I don’t talk to any other kids [from Baby Bodybuilders] because I can’t find any of their social media accounts. “
However, he said, “Powerlifting started everything. I have 18 world records and 60 US records in it and now I’m committed to going to college for it.”
He’s now committed to a wrestling scholarship to attend Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.
In the documentary, his father Bryce said that he and his mother Ricci were not pushy parents, but allowed him to do so because he loved it so much.
But his mother admits that she is competitive and would love to see her son win.
“He’s like our little beast,” she said. “He did things that other kids didn’t want to do and couldn’t do even if they tried.
“People who don’t fully understand weightlifting are very critical of it. They believe that kids shouldn’t lift any heavy weights, but I believe what he’s doing is safe.”
Other children featured in the documentary include Bo Ice, 11, and brother Cap, eight, from Roanoke, Virginia.
Their dad Bobby talked about how he wakes his sons up at 8 a.m. every morning to exercise, and coats them with fake tan oil before bodybuilding shows.
“Some people will say putting oil on your son is weird but I’m not,” he said.
“This is a contest.”
One of the prominent families was former Mr Universe Phillip Ricardo and his children Ethan, 11, and Sanali, eight.
Their father, a retired Marine Sergeant and Professional Natural Bodybuilding Champion, said he wants his children to follow in his footsteps.
“I apply the military-style training that I learned in the marine core to my kids,” he admits.
“Our kids work out mainly because they see their mom and dad doing it. Fitness and health is a way of life for us.”
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