I Was Baby Bodybuilders Star And Could Lift Three Times My Weight At Age NINE But I’m Unrecognizable Now

A CHILD weightlifter who was featured on a TV show for his athletic prowess is unrecognizable six years later.

Gage Gregurich was the star of a 2016 Baby Bodybuilders documentary on TLC that featured young athletes competing.

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Gage Gregurich appeared in the TLC documentary when he was 11 years oldCredit: TLC
He started bodybuilding at the age of 9

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He started bodybuilding at the age of 9

The eye-opening show featured the then 11-year-old Gage and his father Bryce as he prepared for the competition.

In the documentary, Gage, sporting a spiked Mohican, bragged about winning weightlifting competitions since he was nine years old.

“I can lift more than any other kid 12 and under and weighing 66 pounds in this universe or any other universe,” the precocious youngster said.

He went on to say that he started powerlifting at the age of nine “because my dad used to go to the gym and I wanted to go too”.

Now 17 and in high school in his native Nebraska, Gage opened up about what it was like to be a kid weightlifter.

“I actually got into bodybuilding originally through someone from HBO who was in the Junior Olympics for powerlifting, and she liked my personality and character, so they ended up doing a documentary about me and this one failed,” he told The Sun Online.

“But through some of the people we met during this documentary, we met the people at TLC who wanted to do a documentary about me.

“So I got into bodybuilding through weightlifting. I’ve always done a lot of sports, back then I was playing football, wrestling and also basketball.”

At just nine years old, Gage explains, “I was deadlifting three times my body weight, which would have been 171 pounds.

Still at the gym, he can now deadlift an astonishing 395 pounds, squat 355 pounds, and bench press 265 pounds.

Asked about his unusual upbringing, he continued: “Yes, my childhood was very different from the average child.

“It was a lot of exposure, but I enjoyed all the experiences and learned a lot from them.

I was deadlifting three times my body weight, which would have been 171 pounds

Gage Gregurich

“I don’t talk to any of the other kids [from Baby Bodybuilders] because I couldn’t find any of their social media accounts.”

But, he says, “Powerlifting started it all. I have 18 world records and 60 American records and I’m now determined to go to college for it.”

He is now committed on a wrestling scholarship to study at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.

Her father Bryce said in the documentary that he and her mother Ricci weren’t pushy parents, but allowed her to because he loved her so much.

But his mother admitted she was competitive and loved seeing her son win.

“He’s like our little beast,” she said. “He does things that other kids don’t want to do and couldn’t do even if they tried.

Gage is now 17 and going to college on a wrestling scholarship

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Gage is now 17 and going to college on a wrestling scholarshipCredit: Gage Gregurich
He can now weigh 395 pounds

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He can now weigh 395 poundsCredit: Gage Gregurich

“People who don’t fully understand powerlifting are very critical of him. They think kids shouldn’t lift heavy weights, but I’m convinced what he’s doing is safe.”

Other children featured in the documentary included Bo Ice, 11, and his eight-year-old brother Cap, from Roanoke, Virginia.

Their father, Bobby, explained how he woke his sons up at 8 a.m. every day for training and covered them in fake tans and oil before bodybuilding shows.

“Some would say oiling your boys is weird, but it’s not,” he said.

“It’s a competition.”

Another of the families featured was former Mr. Universe Phillip Ricardo and his children Ethan, 11, and Sanali, eight.

Their father, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant and professional natural bodybuilding champion, said he wanted his children to follow in his footsteps.

“I use the military-style training that I learned in Marine Core on my kids,” he admitted.

“Our kids do bodybuilding mostly because they see their mom and dad doing it. Being fit and healthy is a way of life for us.”

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