OT: Strongest Toddler in the World

Submitted by Eric on July 1st, 2010 at 11:49 PM

I was just watching a show on Discovery Health about a child with abnormal strength.  He was walking at 5 months. Climbing and decending stairs at 6 months. Doing pull ups at one year. The kid is going to be a freak athlete, it's obvious. The best part, his dad says "I'd love to see him play football for the University of Michigan someday!"  Seriously, if you get a chance to watch this show, check it out. It's unbelievable.


update: here is a weird video featuring him..




July 2nd, 2010 at 12:18 AM ^

My dad showed me this a couple weeks ago. I was instantly in awe of how a one year old kid can do more pull ups than me. and the "I would love for him to play football at the University of Michigan" line just made it all the more awesome for me.


July 2nd, 2010 at 12:19 AM ^

I remember watching this episode a little while back. The kid is a beast. He actually has muscle definition to the point that it looks like he works out. I thought it was awesome what his dad said about him playin at U of M. Is it to early for a silent verbal?


July 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 AM ^

yeah he is from my home town. 

I know we should be promoting healthy living over parents stuffing McDonalds in their kids' faces, but there is a limit to exercise and nutrition when it too crosses the line. I honestly worry about the kid. Kids at that age are supposed to have a higher body fat percentage to cushion a developing bone structure. 


July 2nd, 2010 at 9:40 AM ^

I didn't watch it, but have only heard about the kid briefly. I am glad he is well taken care of by his parents. I hate seeing stage parents exploiting their own children for some own twisted reason. I just worry about how his genetic issue will impact his long term health.


July 2nd, 2010 at 7:46 AM ^

the result of a genetic mutation.

Don't think it's too cool. When you have one genetic mutation, you usually have more. The chances of this kid just being an athletic freak and not being prone to cancer or something are extremely low.


July 2nd, 2010 at 9:26 AM ^

Completely agree. I am always amazed when a mutation makes it pass check point control during DNA replication and results in a change in phenotype. Since this is obviously affecting some aspect of growth control, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if this leads to some form of cancer or pituatary issue down the road.


July 2nd, 2010 at 10:22 AM ^

I've got Neurofibromatosis Type 2. I'm lucky. It's a very localized genetic disorder that only affects the Schwann cells covering the nerves.Luckily it's the only result of  this particular genetic mutation, and we're not aware of any other mutations (despite what my sister always said growing up). So many people with things like this have all kinds of messed up genes.


July 2nd, 2010 at 12:09 PM ^

I too have a genetic mutation wherein red laser beams shoot out of my eyes and destroy anything in their path unless I wear a special set of glasses.  Oh wait, that's cyclops from X-men.  Never mind.

In all seriousness, genetic mutation is a serious thing that unfortunately is on the rise.  The cause is debatable, but whatever it is I think people need to be educated on it more.

tn wolverine

July 2nd, 2010 at 8:08 AM ^

Bam Bam Rubble is and will always be the world's strongest toddler. I'd put a cool picture up but I'm not computer saavy enough to do it.


White-pony-rocks, Don't pay any attention to what height the doctors predict for him. There was a kid here at a local High School who was 6'5 as a Freshman. There was big article in the paper about how doctor's said he'd grow to about 7 ft. tall because of the gaps in his growth plates. To make a long story short he's still 6'5 about 20 years later. Only God knows how big the kids gonna get.


July 2nd, 2010 at 9:23 AM ^

"early weight-training" and "early weight-training with piss poor guidance". What you experienced is the later.

Weight-training simply refers to the training of your muscles with resistance being provided by weights which from a physics point of view is not different from walking (and thereby using friction and body weight to "train" your leg muscles) albeit at a different intensity level (which is up to the trainer and trainee anyway). So low intensity weight training is virtually no different that encouraging kids to "go out and play".

Virtually ANY physical activity performed with poor technique can result in injuries ( would you ever say one shouldnt start playing golf at an early age? ).

Note: This is a reply to the guy calling middle school too early, not the OP. I have no opinions on the baby.

OSUMC Wolverine

July 2nd, 2010 at 9:53 AM ^

I am sure the guidance I received was piss poor, there is no doubt there.  I was lifting heavy weight low reps almost exclusively.  I was free weight benching 275 by Autumn of the 8th grade.  I was just commenting that this probably was not the best for my body at that age.  I agree anything done properly and in moderation can be beneficial.  But how often are those parameters used when sports training at the HS and MS level is involved?  I did not/was not saying MS was too early, merely that my experience was probably not the most beneficial for me long term. 


July 2nd, 2010 at 10:42 AM ^

95% of of the guidance that pre-college weight training programs provide is bull-crap. So I see your point there. I just wanted to clear up the semantics there.

If my kid wants to do weight training, I sign him up with a certified trainer . No way in hell I let idiots in high school WT programs teach him anything.


July 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 AM ^

The problem is going to be if he winds up like animals that are specifically bred to not produce myostatin (Liam OTOH just doesn't respond to it). The Belgian Blue cow, and some racing dogs are bred to become giant balls of muscle, unfortunately they just don't move very well because they have too much muscle.