A 7-year-old Filipino and Hmong American boy has become a social media hit after his powerlifting videos and photos began circulating online.
His father, Jason, simply left bars around for the child to play with, which eventually progressed into lifting years later.
“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,” Jason Mica told Balitang America TFC. “So it just progressed into lifting.”
The 7-year-old boy, who is obsessed with the Filipino delicacy lumpia for its combination of meats and veggies, says he finds it fun to attend competitions.
“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.”
However, Mica said he’s never afraid lifting heavier weights.
“I don’t think I’ve ever actually been scared that it was too heavy,” he said, adding, “Because there’s always someone to, like, hold the bar. And if I do feel, I know they can bring it back up.”
Meanwhile, Jason cleared the air in regards to the safety of lifting heavier weights particularly for children around 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,” he said.
“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.”
Jordan, who now has over 3,000 followers on Instagram, hopes that more kids will join his “Lumpia and Deadlifts Team.” He also dreams of being able to compete at the Olympics one day.