Tyanna Madsen, 6, lifts a total of 78 pounds (35 kgs)  under the supervision of her father  and coach, Jeff,  during her weekly training exercise at the Des Moines Strength Institute in Des Moines, Iowa.          Tyanna Madssen, a first grader who weighs 62 pounds (28 kgs), is believed to be the world's strongest six-year old girl since she set a world record last month by dead-lifting 101 pounds (45 kgs) during her first regional weightlifting competition in Des Moines, Iowa. Tyanna is the daughter of Jeff Madsen, a 20-year power lifting veteran and 2001 national champion.

Tyanna Madsen, The World's Strongest Six-Year Old Girl

Tyanna Madssen, a first grader who weighs 62 pounds (28 kgs), is believed to be the world’s strongest six-year old girl since she set a world record last month by dead-lifting 101 pounds (45 kgs) during her first regional weightlifting competition in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Tyanna is the youngest girl nationally to compete in a regional powerlifting competition. Richard Peters, president of the National Athletic Strength Association (NASA), the event sponsor, said he has never met a girl so young who could dead lift as much as Tyanna.

A first-grader at Wright Elementary School in Des Moines, Tyanna has been coming to the Strength Institute, her father's gym, since she was 2 years old. At the age of 3, she told her father that she wanted to start lifting like him.

Jeff Madsen, a 20-year powerlifting veteran and 2001 national champion discovered that his daughter had an affinity for the sport. He says that she really chose to do it and that he would have never pushed her into it.

Since then, every Saturday, while her 11- and 12-year-old brothers play and watch television, Tyanna goes to the gym with her father. "It's really brought us closer because its something we share," Jeff says. "I also wanted to show her early that just because she's a girl, that doesn't mean she can't do everything boys can." "She thinks it's fun," Tyanna’s mother, Nicole, says of her daughter. "She gets time with her dad. They do their thing, and I don't interfere."

Knowing that lifting can be injurious if done incorrectly, Jeff Madsen makes sure his daughter stretches properly and that she learns proper techniques. Jeff is confident his daughter is not overdoing it and said that she takes breaks from lifting whenever she wants to. Power lifting among children is discouraged by pediatric and sports medicine groups, who warn that it can cause muscle strain and bone fractures.

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Tyanna Madsen,6, with her family. From L to R: her brother Allante, 11, father and coach Jeff, Tyanna, mother Nicole and other brother Allen, 13. Tyanna Madssen, a first grader who weighs 62 pounds (28 kgs), is believed to be the world's strongest six-year old girl since she set a world record last month by dead-lifting 101 pounds (45 kgs) during her first regional weightlifting competition in Des Moines, Iowa. Tyanna is the daughter of Jeff Madsen, a 20-year power lifting veteran and 2001 national champion.
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Tyanna Madsen, 6, carries effortlessly her older bother Allen, 11, who weights more than 70 lbs (31 kgs). Tyanna Madssen, a first grader who weighs 62 pounds (28 kgs), is believed to be the world's strongest six-year old girl since she set a world record last month by dead-lifting 101 pounds (45 kgs) during her first regional weightlifting competition in Des Moines, Iowa. Tyanna is the daughter of Jeff Madsen, a 20-year power lifting veteran and 2001 national champion.
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