The strongest boy in the world who became “addicted” to bodybuilding after starting bodybuilding at the age of 11 looks unrecognizable today.
Jake Schellenschlager, now 22 years old, set a world record for his weight class in 2014 after dedicating himself to his workouts – and he still lifts three times a day.
He started bodybuilding when he was 11 years old when he saw his father lifting weights in the garage.
Jake, from Maryland, said he immediately started lifting two hours a day – and quickly became “addicted” after seeing the results.
Instead of playing video games like other kids his age, he is determined to become the strongest kid in the world.
And at the age of 14, he could lift up to 300lbs.
He broke the squat world record for his age and weight at the Powerlifting Bench Press Championship in York, Pennsylvania.
It was his dream to continue competing and set records in his weight class.
He told The Sun Online: “Being a child bodybuilder is such a great feeling. I was around a lot in my younger years looking at my cousin Joshua, my brothers and my father. Lift in our house raised up.
“I’ve got all the game systems there if I want to play, but that’s not what I want to do – I get bored constantly watching them practice.
“I wanted to do the same thing so one day I started lifting. When I was 11, I watched my dad lift and I couldn’t just watch anymore, I had to do it.
“That day my father and I knew that my future was bright for lifting.”
He added: “There’s no pressure at all, that’s what I want to do.
“I could have played video games or with my friends, but I decided I wanted to be the strongest kid in the world.”
For now, Jake says he still lifts up to three times a day — and is training even harder than before.
He said: “I am stronger and heavier than before. I plan to compete in this year 2022 in both bodybuilding and weightlifting.
“Becoming an IFBB Pro in bodybuilding has always been my dream goal and then I started strength training with the help of trainer Mike Sarni.
“It always came back to me, I could never decide what I wanted to go with, bodybuilding or strength, so I trained for both. I accumulated a lot of competition experience. fought in both over the years.”
Jake added: “Competing professionally in bodybuilding has always been my dream, but I’ve always enjoyed setting world records and making history.”
The 22-year-old, who regularly posts photos of his workouts to his nearly 3,000 followers, said he wants to change kids’ perception of weight training.
“It’s hard for a kid to commit to daily exercise because that’s what you have to give your all.
“I’m always ahead of my time. I feel like I want to be someone who shows children around the world that anything is possible if you’re determined to do it.”
When he was a teenager, Jake’s trainer, Mike, praised his mental strength.
Mike told the Washington Post: “He didn’t feel like he could be defeated. It was his inner strength that told him, ‘I can do this.’
“Typically, you just get that in older, more mature people.”
Jake’s father, Chris, added: ‘Some people don’t believe it’s good to start weight training too early.
“But Jake never complained about being hurt or hurt, and he went for regular check-ups.”
He added: “You don’t want your kid sitting on the couch and playing video games.”
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