I'd like to think that when I am a mom someday, I won't be the kind of parent that forces her kids to participate in activities based on her own interests and that I'll have the same "follow your bliss" attitude that my parents had. But... I'm sorry future children, you are absolutely participating in sports. Not just for the sake of physical fitness but because being involved in sports as a kid teaches discipline, mental toughness, confidence, teamwork, goal setting, and so much more.
Since my children don't exist yet, they are safe for the moment from my burpee challenges, 1 mile time trials, and Tabata everything. In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to group of five determined young athletes from LIFT Florida. Emma, Cody, Justin, Gunner, and Stone have qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics in New Orleans in July in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. When I think of the discipline it takes to get to the level of competition that these kids have gotten to at such a young age, I am immediately in awe. I have chills. My heart is in my throat. I'm beaming from ear to ear. This group has put in hours of training and have become exceptional at something that many adults I know have difficulty with (myself included). This is, without a doubt, a very special group.
In addition to honoring these five exceptional young athletes this month, Fashletics is also participating in LIFT's fundraising. All proceeds from the Product of the Month Campaign will go towards providing singlets and helping with travel expenses. This month, for every "LIFT" charm that is purchased ($10), Fashletics will donate $5 to LIFT. You can also make a direct donation to LIFT by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Now let's meet the athletes...
Weight Class: 56kg
Snatch Max: 39kg
Clean and Jerk Max: 52kg
Other than lifting, what is your favorite activity and why? Tennis, because it keeps me moving and active. I've been playing since I was 8 years old, and it's lots of fun.
How do you balance your training with school, family, friends, etc.? Family and friends come first, and homework comes first. I get a lot of help from my family and friends to help balance everything.
Weight Class: 56 kg
Snatch Max: 43 kg
Clean and Jerk Max: 51 kg
Cody also plays football and wrestles for his school team.
Weight Class: 77 kg
Snatch Max: 65 kg
Clean and Jerk Max: 125 kg
Other than lifting, what is your favorite activity and why? Football, I have loved it since I was a little kid. I get to hit something without getting in trouble. (he's been playing for 10 years)
How do you balance your training with school, family, friends, etc.? Family, school, friends. I try to find the time for everything. Weightlifting is another way to have fun.
2011 High School State Meet - 10th Place; 285lbs Bench / 260lbs Clean and Jerk
Weight Class: 84 kg
Snatch Max: 60 kg
Clean and Jerk Max: 110 kg
Justin is also a high school football player.
Weight Class: 69 kg
Snatch Max: 85 kg
Clean and Jerk Max: 105 kg
Other than lifting, what is your favorite activity and why? Football! It's been my drive since I was little. I want to be the best player I can be. (he's been playing since he was 5)
How do you balance your training with school, family, friends, etc.? Family first.
Stone is also a 3 time Junior Olympics Champion and has been lifting since he was 8 years old!
Best of luck to Emma, Cody, Gunner, Justin and Stone at the Junior Olympics! You already have a lot to be proud of! Congratulations! Click here to support these athletes by purchasing a LIFT necklace.