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Ten-year-old breaks women’s world weightlifting record … wait, what? (Video)

Mar 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT


It’s official: a 10-year-old girl can lift more than you. Here’s Naomi Kutin of Fairlawn N.J., where the tea party is over when the little girl says it is. Competing at the RAW Unity weightlifting invitational in Corpus Christie, Texas, recently, Kutin broke the women’s world record for raw squatting with a lift of 215 pounds, which, when you consider that she only weighs 93 pounds herself, is more than impressive. She broke the record in the women’s 97-pound division (209 pounds) that was set by a 44-year-old European woman last year.

Kutin actually regained her own record after losing it several months ago.

“When I was younger, my friends would be doing a lot of things that I couldn’t do, and I wanted to do something extraordinary,” an excited Kutin said. “I wanted to break a record of some sort and I just really wanted to get this record.”

“You know she gets giggly or silly in a 10-year-old girl kind of way,” Naomi’s Dad said. “She’s also learned a lot about psyche. In this sport, it’s not just about strength, it’s also about the ability to focus and psyche, and she’s back there pacing and getting herself psyched and she’s really doing that well too.”


There are more photos and a couple of videos on Naomi’s Facebook page.

‘It’s great being stronger than all the boys!’ Schoolgirl, 10, breaks world weightlifting record by heaving more than TWICE her own bodyweight [London Daily Mail]

  1. dowhatifeellike - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    What parent would let their kid do this? Powerlifting for children? I used to play baseball with a kid who got a bowflex for his 11th birthday. With the encouragement of his father (who was also a coach), he became musclebound and and dominated in Little League. But then he stopped growing. We went to the same high school as well. He was 5′ 4″ when we started and 5′ 4″ when we finished. He’s now 29 and still 5′ 4″.

    I know it’s just anecdotal evidence, and maybe there’s more to the story that he’s not telling, but I saw enough to turn me off to the idea.

    • seahawks55 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      How tall was his dad?

  2. GordonWayneWatts - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I can understand your concern, ‘DoWhatIFeelLike,’ but I think there is no need to worry. I shall post research from several experts in the field — Observe:

    “Daniel Schultz Toledo Sports Medicine Examiner

    Parents and coaches want the best for young athletes; this includes both safety and performance. Adults get concerned about young children 10-12 years old or younger getting hurt or stunting growth with strength training. The concern is that overloading an open growth plate will cause damage that will effect over all growth. This has been disproved in many journal articles. Injuries results from the same causes that affect adults such as overuse and accidents.”



    It was once thought that strength training (refers to the use of hand-held weights, weight machines and rubber resistance bands or tubes) was bad for growing children. However, research indicates that a well supervised, moderate intensity strength-training program is fine for children and teens. Since improper training can actually be harmful and cause injuries, finding a trainer who is certified in youth strength training is a good idea. Look for a trainer who is affiliated with a reputable accrediting organization.”

    (mid-way down the page at: )

    “Misconception: The sport of weightlifting is inappropriate for children

    Fact: In the sport of weightlifting, athletes attempt to lift maximal amounts of weight when performing the clean and jerk and snatch. Current findings suggest that youth can successfully perform these lifts and benefit from participating in this sport provided that the focus remains on proper form and technique and appropriate weights are used in practice and competition (5,11,17). Children and adolescents who want to participant in weightlifting should be encouraged to do so under the qualified supervision of a youth weightlifting coach.”

    page 4 from:

    LASTLY, here is research from my good friend, Eric Cressey, who is probably the smartest currently alive person on the planet in powerlifting, and he (and other researchers) say that weightlifting is safe for kids if done properly and with proper supervision. Here is the link for Eric’s research: — relevant quote:

    The Truth About Strength Training for Kids Written on December 7, 2009 at 7:00 am, by Eric Cressey “We’ve seen a lot of kids come through our door with this issue because of throwing (internal rotation of the humerus during throwing is the fastest motion in sports) and even some traumatic falls – but I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER seen one from strength training. So, anecdotal evidence for me shows that strength training for kids is far from what could be considered “dangerous” for developing bones…

    Now, here’s where it gets more interesting: bone maturation isn’t uniform across the body. While the proximal humeral growth plate might mature at 19, the distal (down by the elbow) physis is finished between ages 10 and 16. The proximal and distal radius plates might mature anywhere between 14 and 23. Meanwhile, the clavicle matures at ages 22-25, and the scapula generally matures by age 22. How many of you have ever heard of a college football being held out of weight training for all four years of his participation because all that bench pressing might stunt the growth of his clavicles and scapulae? It just doesn’t happen! In reality, we know that the strength training benefits of increased muscle size and strength actually protect him from injury on the field…

    If you really think about it, an athlete is placing a ton of stress (4-6 times body weight in ground reaction forces, depending on who you ask) each time he/she strides during the sprinting motion.” – - -

    (end of Fair Use quote)

    – Gordon Wayne Watts – LAKELAND, Florida, U.S.A.