Unrecognisable ‘world’s strongest boy’ became ‘addicted’ to bodybuilding aged 11

The world's strongest boy is now all grown up and more ripped than ever but admits he was "addicted" to bodybuilding aged 11.

Jake Schellenschlager, 22, is now unrecognisable from the young lad who hit headlines in 2014 for setting powerlifting world records in his weight class.

What has not changed though is Jake's passion for bodybuilding which began when he grew bored of watching his dad and older brothers workout in the garage.

Just a year later he told dad Chris that he wanted to become the "strongest kid in the world".

And by the age of 14, he was, as he was able to dead lift 300lbs – the same weight as an average baby elephant.

While classmates passed time after school playing video games, Jake from Maryland, US became "addicted" to pumping iron for two hours a day.

He told The Sun Online: "Being a child bodybuilder was a cool feeling. I was around it so much in my younger years watching my cousin Joshua, my brothers and my father lift in our house growing up.

"I had all the game systems there if I wanted to play, but that’s not what I wanted to do – I got bored constantly watching them workout.

"I wanted to do the same thing so one day I started lifting. When I was 11 I was watching my dad lift and I couldn’t just watch anymore, I had to do it.

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"That day me and my father knew my future was going to be bright for lifting."

Jake insists he was never forced into working out by family members and his trainer said regular trips to the doctor proved it was not damaging his body.

Coach Mike Sarni previously said: "I know it's bad on the joints with him still growing. Some don't believe it is good to have kids weight lifting too early.

"But Jake never complains about pain or hurting, and he gets regular check-ups."

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Jake added: "There was no pressure at all it was something I wanted to do.

"I could have been playing videos games or with my friends, but I decided I wanted to become the world's strongest kid."

And his dream of becoming a classified elite bodybuilder as an adult remains very much alive.

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He added: "I’m stronger and heavier than I was before. I plan to compete this year 2022 in both bodybuilding and powerlifting.

"Being an IFBB Pro in bodybuilding has always been my dream goal and then I got into powerlifting with the help of my coach Mike Sarni.

"It was always back and forth with me, I could never decide what I wanted to move forward with, bodybuilding or powerlifting, so I trained in both. I have built a lot of experience competing in both over the years."

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