A CHILD weightlifter who featured in a TV present for his athletic prowess is unrecognisable six years later.
Gage Gregurich was the star of a 2016 documentary Child Bodybuilders on TLC which profiled the younger athletes participating in competitions.
The attention opening present featured then-11-year-old Gage and his father Bryce as he ready for competitors.
Within the documentary, Gage, sporting a spiked Mohican, bragged he had been successful weightlifting competitions since he was 9.
“I can raise greater than every other child who’s 12 and beneath and weighs 66lb on this universe or every other universe,” the precocious teen stated.
He went on to say he began powerlifting when he was 9 “as my dad was going to the fitness center and I needed to go too”.
Now 17 and at highschool in his native Nebraska, Gage has defined what it was like being a toddler weightlifter.
“I really obtained into bodybuilding initially by way of somebody from HBO that was on the junior Olympic video games for powerlifting, and she liked my character and character in order that they ended up doing a documentary on me and that one fell by way of,” he advised The Solar On-line.
“However by way of among the individuals we met throughout that documentary we met the individuals from TLC that needed to do a documentary on me.
“So I really obtained into bodybuilding by way of powerlifting. I’ve at all times completed loads of sports activities, at the moment I used to be taking part in soccer, wrestling, and in addition basketball.”
At simply 9 years previous, Gage explains, “I used to be deadlifting 3 times my body weight, which might have been 171 kilos.
Nonetheless hitting the fitness center, he can now deadlift an astonishing 395 kilos, squat 355 kilos, and bench 265 kilos.
Requested about his uncommon upbringing, he went on: “Yeah, my childhood was very completely different from the typical little one.
“It was quite a lot of publicity, however I loved all of the experiences and realized lots from them.
I used to be deadlifting 3 times my body weight, which might have been 171 kilos
“I do not converse to any of the opposite children [from Baby Bodybuilders] as I have not been capable of finding any of their social media accounts.”
However, he says: “Powerlifting began every little thing. I’ve 18 world data and 60 American data in it and I am now dedicated to going to school for it.”
He’s now dedicated on a wrestling scholarship to check at Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska.
His dad Bryce stated within the documentary that he and mom Ricci weren’t pushy mother and father, however allowed him to do it as a result of he liked it a lot.
However his mum admitted she was aggressive and liked to see her son win.
“He’s like our little beast,” she stated. “He does issues different children do not need to do and could not do even when they tried.
“Individuals who do not totally perceive powerlifting are very vital of it. They imagine kids should not be lifting any heavy weights however I’m assured what he’s doing is protected.”
Different kids who featured on the documentary included Bo Ice, 11, and his brother Cap, eight, from Roanoke, Virginia.
Their dad Bobby spoke about how he woke his sons up at 8am every single day to work out, and lined them in faux tan and oil earlier than bodybuilding reveals.
“Some would say placing oil in your boys is bizarre however I do not,” he stated.
“It is a competitors.”
One other of the households featured was former Mr Universe Phillip Ricardo and his kids Ethan, 11, and Sanali, eight.
Their dad, a retired Marine Corps Grasp Sergeant and Skilled Pure Bodybuilding Champion, stated he needed his kids to comply with in his footsteps.
“I take advantage of the military-style coaching I’ve realized within the marine core on my children,” he admitted.
“Our children are into bodybuilding primarily as a result of they see their mother and pop doing it. Being match and wholesome is a life-style for us.”