Prairie Village resident Brodie Scott doesn’t look like what the typical mind conjures up when it hears the word “powerlifter.”
The 5’5″ 12 year old is, by his dad’s admission, pretty lanky.
“He really is not the typical build you see in powerlifting,” said father Corey Scott, an exercise specialist. “Usually we see shorter builds that don’t have such long arms, legs and torso.”
But not fitting the typical mold for a powerlifting physique didn’t stop Brodie from setting a new record in his age group at the American Powerlifting Association/World Powerlifting Alliance Nationals in McAllen, Tex., Sept. 5.
Brodie deadlifted 205 pounds, beating the previous record by a 12 year old by five pounds. He squated 145, beating that record by five pounds, too. And he tied the record for the benchpress by lifting 85 pounds.
“It felt pretty amazing,” Brodie said of the experience. “I was really happy.”
What’s even more amazing, Brodie had only started training in the sport a few months before the event.
“It all started as we went to watch a buddy of mine compete in a power lift meet early in the spring,” Corey said. “Brodie turned around and looked at me and said, ‘I want to do this!'”
Brodie had gotten plenty of exposure to fitness and training as a kid though. With a trainer for a father, the gym was just part of his upbringing.
“He grew up in the gym,” Corey said. “I had him climbing rock walls at the gym, [doing] rock holds on the big oaks in our front yard, repelling down on harness and rope…very young, 3 and 4 years of age…Now he does body building, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and strongman type lifts.”
But he’s put powerlifting training on hold for a bit so he can focus on wrestling. He competes in the 110-pound class for the Indian Hills Middle School squad.
“Wrestling’s a lot of fun, too, so that’s what I’m focused on right now,” he said.
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