Prisais Brooklyn, best known as Princess P, began working out at just 10 months old and quickly fell in love with weightlifting. Now 7 years old, she has her sights set on the Olympics, training for it rigorously. In addition to being a weightlifter, she also loves gymnastics and practices it regularly as well. She truly is the strongest 7-year-old you will ever see!
Prisais also started doing CrossFit at a young age and says that she enjoys feeling strong and healthy. It seems that she knew what she wanted early on in life and continues to pursue her goals. She said, “I found my passion for gymnastics by doing 10 strict pull-ups at 4 years old. Being brave, strong, and confident inspires me.”
What a role model for all the young girls out there!
Going to school can often present challenges with fitting in and learning how to stand up to bullies. Princess P shows young girls and teens how exercise can help them stay strong not only physically but also mentally. When you feel accomplished and have goals, people’s opinions will have less of a hold on you. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, whether that confidence comes from working out or something else.
She says, “My future goal is being in the Olympics and being a veterinarian.” It’s inspiring to see kids who know what they want out of life and don’t let anything stop them! She says that knowing she inspires others as well keeps her motivated as a weightlifter and future Olympian.
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“Gymnastics, CrossFit, and weightlifting inspire me because it makes me stronger!” she says.
Not only does she have a strong, healthy body, but she keeps her mind positive as well. Her determined and focused attitude helps her stay on track and reminds her that she can do anything she sets her mind to. Her parents share her progress on Instagram and YouTube, and Prisais inspires thousands on these platforms. If everyone out there had her willpower, imagine what the world could accomplish!
Prisais’ dad, a former NFL wide receiver, helps her with workouts and ensures her form stays on point. Both her parents give her full support, encouraging her to grow up fearless and strong. Princess P actually picked up her first weight at only 14 months old and seemed to have natural talent. She even taught herself workouts, which she carries over into her gymnastics routines.
She was the only 4-year-old on the Level 2 Junior Olympic team and has now advanced to the Level 4 team. Her baby sister Freya is also following her big sister’s footsteps and often joins the dad/daughter team for workouts. While some fans have questioned young kids’ safety lifting weights, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says kids can benefit from it. With proper supervision, resistance training can build strength and help prevent childhood obesity.
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Weight lifting and children
A clinical report published in the June 2020 issue of Pediatrics said:
“Resistance training consists of much more than weight-lifting, and it has a place in everyone’s physical fitness routine,” said Paul R. Stricker, MD, FAAP, lead author of the statement, written by the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.
“We know children as young as 5 can build strength with one-legged hops or frog jumps. For older children, resistance training can be combined with aerobics or other sports to round out their activities.”
However, as with any exercise regimen, parents should set guidelines for their children.
The AAP recommendations include taking the following precautions:
- Before beginning any program as a weightlifter, children should see a doctor if they have any medical conditions or are in chemotherapy.
- Make sure their workouts are age-appropriate and include aerobics, resistance training, and other developmental exercises.
- In youth with overweight or obesity, start with resistance training, as this helps burn fat over a longer period of time. Then, incorporate aerobics when they feel ready for it.
- Make sure to include warm-ups and cool-downs in each training session.
- Encourage kids to drink enough water and eat a balanced diet to ensure safety and success in workouts.
- If children show any signs of illness or injury, stop exercises immediately, and evaluate further before clearing them for workouts again.
Especially in today’s sedentary world, kids need exercise to grow up healthy and strong. Even if they don’t gravitate naturally toward working out, they may learn to love it after becoming second-nature. Who knows – they may even grow up to become a weightlifter or sign up for the Olympics just like Princess P!
With the advent of technology, more children than ever spend time sitting on the couch rather than playing outside after school. Make sure to set limits on kids’ technology use to have a well-rounded childhood and get adequate exercise. Children need time to release pent up energy, and if they don’t have recess or P.E. at school, they should have time to play after school.
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Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic, but parents and guardians can do something about it. In addition to ensuring your child gets enough exercise, make sure they follow a balanced diet with only occasional treats. If we want our kids to grow up free of diseases, we must instill a healthy lifestyle in them at a young age.
Final thoughts on the 7-year-old weightlifter already training for the Olympics
Princess P, a 7-year-old weightlifter, has big dreams of making it into the Olympics one day. With her drive and determination, we do not doubt that she will achieve her goals and take the gold medal! She inspires thousands of people to become healthy, work hard for their dreams, and above all, have no fear. Her parents are her biggest cheerleaders and support her 100% on her journey.
Do you know any kids who have an inspiring story like Princess P? Please share with us in the comments!