Thursday, April 28, 2011


Naomi Kutin is 9 years old and weighs 88 pounds. And earlier this month, at the New England Powerlifting Championship in Vermont, she set youth-class records for both the deadlift (193 pounds) and back squat (187 pounds -- enough to eclipse even the previous record of 180 pounds in the WOMEN'S Open division).

This is a girl who's still too short to get the barbell off the squat stand -- and yet she's already squatting more than double her bodyweight.

When I was nine years old, my greatest accomplishment was learning how to make fart noises with my hands.