Pumping iron at just 14 years old
How young is too young to become a body builder?
Cosmo Taylor is a 14-year-old body builder in training; he recently competed in his very first body building show in the UK.
Growing up in a very fit family, Cosmo developed a love for body building just like his dad; who is also his trainer and gym partner.
For many parents this will be absurd because of his young age, but what is more shocking is that Cosmo has been training competitively since the age of 11. The young boy who resides in Scotland may just as well be mistaken for a body builder twice his age.
According to MailOnline, his mother, Florence, may just be his biggest supporter, she packs his lunch for school and cooks his special meals during the day. Cosmo follows a specific diet which consists of, lean meats, brown rice, sweet potato and oats- his lunch for school usually consists of chicken and salad.
Cosmo’s diet consists of:
Breakfast- scrambled eggs and oats
Mid morning- roast chicken and salad
Lunch- any lean meat paired up with vegetables and brown rice
Dinner- any lean meat with salad and sweet potato
Every day for an hour, Cosmo will be in the gym, training- his sister of 16, gyms with him and his dad too.
Body building seems to be Cosmo’s key focus at this stage in his life, he says he has many admirers at school, but he’s still too young for love. He adds that neither of his friends have any girlfriends either.
But is body building good at such a young age?
According to TodayParents, Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine doctor, says strength training is great for kids but not power lifting.
Dr. Dennis Cardone, Associate Prof. of Orthopaedic Medicine at NYU, says that the younger they are the easier it is for a growth plate to be injured and this could lead to long-term consequences.
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