One Irish child has become an internet sensation after his bodybuilding hero, fitness star Frank Medrano, shared a pictured of the eight-year-old on Facebook.
Brandon Blake, from County Kildare, has the body of a professional athlete – despite only being a student. Brandon, prefers doing chin-ups and bouncing on his trampoline than playing with toys, an article in the Daily Mail reports.
Medrano wrote, 'Ran into this lil guy's Instagram and put a big smile in my face Only 7 years old this lil man Brandon showing some dedication.
'Feels great to influence such a young generation and I hope he's living a happy and healthy life.'
The picture has now been shared almost 5,500 times. Brandon told the Mail his favorite sport is gymnastics and he hopes to one day win a gold medal at the Olympics. He said he enjoys working out as it 'makes him feel happy.'
He said, 'I want to be able to do all the things which Frank (Medrano) can do and I also want to be really strong as well.'
Proud father Mark, 32, a former semi-pro footballer, said, 'Frank Medrano spotted him on Instagram and took a screengrab and put it on Facebook.
'Brandon was just delighted he was noticed by his hero. Not that he needed it, but it's motivated him even more.
'He's a very active little boy and he doesn't do any weights. He is into gymnastics and that is where his physique comes from.
'He's developed it over the past year – it is crazy looking at him. Brandon is happy and healthy and his core strength is amazing, he is an inspiration.
Brandon's father went on to add that his eight-year-old son is just another regular kid who likes to keep in shape.
“He has a healthy diet consisting of cereal in the morning, fruit throughout the day and meat and two veg of an evening.
The child bodybuilder is not really into sweets – but will normally have some on a Friday as a treat. His father added that he achieved his shape through calisthenics – or exercise which doesn't need any equipment.
'Brandon is very well behaved for an eight-year-old. He's energetic, but respectful.
His dream is to represent Ireland at the Olympics and if he keeps up his current dedication then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.
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