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Minden 9-year-old breaks weightlifting records, eyes national title

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 28, 2020

Weightlifting records are no match for one Minden 9-year-old who's already broken several in his age group.

According to KTBS, Tate Fegley is one of the youngest people to break seven American records in weightlifting. Three of those records, the 92-pound bench press, 190 squat and 230 dead lift, were smashed in just one day of competition.

And Fegley, who's been training for a year and a half, says he worked hard to do it.

Over the summer, Tate began his weightlifting journey with 7:00 am workouts each day.

His trainer, Peyton Gray, says that Tate's progress since that time has been motivating to watch.

"I think that's 99 percent of his progress," Gray says. "Seeing how hard this young man works."

But the goal wasn't to break records.

Tate's father, Brint Fegley says that weightlifting was something Tate wanted to do.

"He started the process. He got better and all we did was encourage him."

Now, with those records under his belt, Tate is hoping to become a national champion.

The third-grader heads to Daytona Beach, Florida in August to compete for a national title.