World’s youngest bodybuilder

Sunday February 19 2017
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Giuliano Straw who is the world’s youngest body builder. PHOTO | COURTESY

Have you ever imagined a pre schooler doing push-ups whilst balancing on four glass bottles?

Meet Giuliano Straw, who at the age of 2, showed interest in gymnastics and bodybuilding. This boy may look like an ordinary child when wearing a shirt, but the Romanian young boy is actually one of the world’s youngest bodybuilders.

Body building is considered to be the cup of tea for real strong and muscular men. Children are usually kept away from joining gyms at an early age as it may negatively affect their body growth

But Straw has established a record for quickly walking on his hands with a heavy ball held between his legs. YouTube provides him with a fantastic medium to share his talents, garnering Stroe fans and viewers from all over the world.

Although the boy is significantly stronger than his peers, he still does the same things “normal” children do, like watching cartoons and drawing. Assuring others that Giuliano indeed works out on his own volition, his father has said that “Giuliano is never allowed to practice on his own, and if he gets tired we go and play.”

Giuliano Stroe got his name booked in the Guinness Book of World Records by setting up a record for the fastest ever 10 metre hand-walk with a weight ball between his legs. He staged this stunt in front of a cheering live audience on an Italian TV show, and now has become an internet sensation as millions of people have watched the clip of him performing the stunt on YouTube.


At an age when other children engage themselves in enjoying their childhood, little Giuliano was busy breaking the records. Giuliano’s records include human flag; for more than half a minute, human flag pull-ups (31) and muscle ups (41). He also has a plethora of unofficial records like 20 pushups on 4 glass bottles.

Giuliano regularly lifts 4 kilogrammes dumbbells and other heavy weights to enhance the strength of his muscles. He has built 6 packs because of his constant hard work. It might not seem noble to train a child like that but Giuliano’s own willingness for a hard workout stands above all arguments.

Moreover, Giuliano’s younger brother Claudiu started training at an earlier age than Giuliano and now he’s skilled enough do the splits between metal rings and turn back flips along the ground.

Dr Teri Metcalf McCambridge specialises in pediatric sports medicine, believes a child shouldn’t begin working out until they are at least 7 or 8, according to WebMD.

At this age, a child’s balance and posture begin to come into maturity and start strengthening themselves.

“The younger they are, we recommend light weights, proper form, higher repetitions,” she said. “They won’t get bulky and big like an adult, but will have increased strength,” noted the US doctor

According to his father, Lulian Stroe, Giuliano is a good pupil and a very bright boy academically, but of course his favourite lesson is always Physical Education.

Compiled by Elizabeth Tungaraza