At just 15 years old, Naomi Kutin has already established herself in the world of powerlifting gaining her first world record at nine. While powerlifting may not seem the typical sport of choice for a young girl, Naomi has grown up with it. Naomi’s father is an accomplished powerlifter himself and now, after watching Naomi’s success, her younger brother Ari has also taken up the sport, making it a family affair.
Being an Orthodox Jew, Naomi sometimes encounters difficulties with her training and competition, as she can only eat certain foods and cannot travel or compete on Shabbat. Yet, despite these cultural barriers, Naomi has become known as arguably one of the strongest girl’s in the world and gained the nickname ‘Supergirl.’. Naomi can lift nearly three-times her weight and is a force to be reckoned with in her sport of powerlifting.
Naomi holds multiple records and gold medals from competitions. In addition to her academic and powerlifting pursuits, Naomi runs track and works weekly with special needs students. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Being from Jersey
How she got her nickname - “Super Girl”
Her family - siblings and her parents
Competing in competitions with her dad and brother
Being active and sporty since a young age - playing soccer, basketball, track and basketball
What she liked about powerlifting
Her first competition - August 2010 - 8 years old… having to lift with all the men
Dealing with stage fright before the competition
Breaking world records and going on talk shows
Dealing with negativity and the haters
Breaking her first world record - at 9 years old
Whats going on inside her head when she goes to do a lift
Why she tries to keep her mind empty
Using visualisation before the competitions
Not getting the lifts and finding it difficult to handle
What a typical training week looks like
Her nutrition… being vegetarian and eating Kosher
The documentary and how it came about
What should have taken 6 months took 3 years
Filming her from 11 to 14
Seeing the movie for the first time
What her friends think about it all
Her role models
The biggest challenges she’s had to face in life
How her religion impacts on powerlifting
Dealing with injury while powerlifting and the recovery from that
Her plans for the next few years?
Why it’s not all about the records?
Where does she get her drive from?
Final words of advice and why you should lift!
Instagram - @Naomi.supergirl
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