She's The World's Youngest Female Bodybuilder And She Started When She Was 10 Months Old

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She's The World's Youngest Female Bodybuilder And She Started When She Was 10 Months Old


Let's be honest - working out can be a real pain in the keister.

While there are massive amounts of people who love going to the gym and breaking a sweat, for others, the idea of running for 20 minutes on a treadmill gives them the heebie jeebies.

Of course, exercise plays a key role when it comes to staying healthy, and it's an important message to instill into your children at a young again.

But for one five-year-old girl, she came to this realization all by herself.

"Look at her, what am I doing with my life?"

At only ten months old, Prisais Townsend did her first CrossFit workout after copying her father's routine at the gym.

Prisais' father James Townsend, the co-owner of Automo CrossFit in Moorpark, California, said he's proud of his daughter for working out at such a young age, and hopes that her dedication inspires others to do so as well.

"Her first workout when she was 10 months and she picked up two and a half pound dumbbell and started doing snatches - [I] never showed her [how]!" he said in an interview with Barcroft TV.

"People's reactions to Prisais' videos online are like: 'Wow, oh my god, she's inspiring! Look at her, what am I doing with my life?'"

"It inspires people to be active with their kids. This country is riddled with childhood obesity, you know."

"She is empowering other women because other people, other young girls, other women see the fight and see the determination in her."

Along with her father, Prisais also works out with his clients, such as Maddy Espinoza, who said that she always pushes her to accomplish her goals.

"Her being five-years-old and be able to do what she does, it's impressive and makes you push more because she can do what I can do too," she said.

"She is a hard working kid."

Prisais' typical workout consists of using the beam sandbar, push-ups, handstand push-ups, pull-ups, burps, box jumps, and air squats, but that's not all.

The youngster can also perform barbell back squats, deadlifts and full cleans, along with 20 straight pull-ups, lift a 50lb back squat, and a 65lb deadlift.

Although Prisais does up to 10 workouts per week, Townsend makes sure he never pushes her too hard, adding that she's also balancing CrossFit with gymnastics, schoolwork, and playtime.

"I dreamed of being in the NFL and I made it there for a couple months, but I gave up that dream because I felt so much pressure from my family. I don't want my daughter to ever experience that or even come close to experiencing that. The day she finds that gymnastics and CrossFit aren't fun, we move on," he told Fatherly.

"Anytime she comes into the gym, I let her treat it like a playground. This needs to be fun for her. I would be devastated if she ever felt like she was doing it for any reason other than her love of gymnastics. I'm her dad first and her fan second."

"I'd never want her to feel that pressure."

Although Prisais is only five years old, Townsend said he knows his daughter is destined for greatness.

"She's on Level Two right now, at her present gymnastics gym, and she is the youngest out of eight to seven-year-olds and she is the strongest," he said.

"I see her making it into the Olympics around, I think 15-16 is the Olympic age. If she wants to do it, I know she could."

However, Townsend added that while most people are supportive of Prisais' athleticism, he's received criticism that putting her in such a workout regime will ultimately stunt her growth.

"A lot of people always say, "hey - it's going to stunt their growth". The only way it could really stunt her growth is if I allow her to do a 200-pound back squat," he said.

"But it's not lifting's fault. It's the coach's fault. It's a programming fault. It makes her bones stronger. It creates better long-term athletic development."

"It comes down to doing it right, adding the weights on that's appropriate for the kid's size, proper programming, and strict supervision."

While Townsend has invested a significant amount of time into Prisais' training, he said that he'd support her if she ever decided to quit the fitness regime.

"I'd never want her to feel that pressure. I want to support anything that she wants to do," he shared.

'If Prisais decides, 'hey dad, I don't want to do CrossFit or gymnastics anymore,' I am fine with that. She wants to be a doctor, whatever she wants to do because I was that type of kid."

"Prisais said: 'I am going to be a doctor and a nurse.'"

[H/T: Daily Mail, Fatherly]

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