While most kids his age are out at parks playing the sports such as basketball, baseball, and football, 7-year old Jordan Mica is in his dad’s garage-turned-gym pumping iron. Unusual as it may seem, Mica has been at this for 5 years now.
“One thing that I always did was just leave a bar out here for him to play around with. And we have videos on his Instagram where he literally just picks it up and starts playing with it. And I think it's natural for youngsters to want to do what they see their parents doing and things like that. So it just progressed into lifting,” said his father, Jason Mica.
Since little Jordan had been carrying around that bar and pumping iron himself, he’s turned into an Instagram sensation. His IG account has now grown to more than 3,000 followers and most of them admiring his raw power and all-around cuteness.
It may seem like a lot of hard work that most adults may even shy away from, but for this 7-year old, that is not the case.
“It's fun going to competitions because you get to meet new people. And you also get to try out how heavy you actually can go, like try. How heavy you've actually ever gone and go over your max,” he said.
Jordan said he was never scared of the heavy weights, evidenced by the confidence his dad developed in him.
“I don't think I've ever actually been scared that it was too heavy. Because there's always someone to, like, hold the bar. And if I do feel, I know they can bring it back up,” he said.
Meanwhile, his dad has an answer for those who doubt whether heavy lifting is safe for a kid Jordan’s age.
“I have two older kids that have grown up just fine, who have both started lifting when they were younger. I started lifting when I was younger. And you know, when you look at a lot of the strength athletes today, a lot of them did start when they were younger, maybe not quite as young. I just point them to that just saying you know, you're more than welcome to do your own due diligence and see if there's any other articles backs to say otherwise,” he said.
For those wondering what powers a 7-year old powerlifter, Jordan said its all about the lumpia. He said he can’t get enough of them.
“Because it has meat and veggies,” the boy said.
For now, Jordan is having a blast and he’s hoping more kids can join his “Lumpia and Deadlifts Team.”
As he continues to pump that iron, rack up the medals, and devour all the lumpia, he dreams one day that would all lead him to compete at the highest level of his sport: at the Olympics.
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