Liam Hoekstra, Superbaby: Toddler Born with Superhuman Strength

You know those hulking gorilla-men who lift cars above their heads, toss cannonballs, and drag airplanes in a competition to be named World’s Strongest Man? Those guys better start stocking up on their spinach — there’s a new contestant on the scene, and his name is Liam Hoekstra.

Imagine an amped-up version of Michaelangelo’s David statue, and you’ve got Liam. He’s got almost no body fat, 40 percent more muscle mass than the average person and Superman-level strength and speed. Granted, he’s not hauling airplanes down the street just yet — but give him a break: He’s only 19 months old.

The ultra-brawny toddler from Roosevelt Park, Mich., was born with myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, or muscle enlargement. Because of this incredibly rare condition, Liam’s muscles develop at a rate much faster than the average person’s — only two days after his birth, the infant was able to stand up with support. More recently, he’s moved onto Olympic-caliber iron crosses.

Fortunately, doctors aren’t aware of any negative side effects to Liam’s bizarre condition. “He’s a normal kid. He’s just got that lucky twist,” Liam’s doctor, Erlund Larson, told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be fun to watch him grow.”

The Strongest Man competition may still be a while off for little Liam. But in the meantime, he can amuse himself by bending the monkey bars in half at his preschool playground, maybe juggling a few pianos. You know, normal kid stuff.

Source :



2 thoughts on “Liam Hoekstra, Superbaby: Toddler Born with Superhuman Strength

  1. I watched his story for the 1st time lastnight. As I, my husband, and our 8 year old son were watching it we all l said the same thing “That looks like Carson.” Our six year old, who was born just a few months before this boy, looks and acts exactly the same. I had a person stop me in public one time when he was 3 and ask me if I had ever looked at my sons calves. People have called him a freak of nature (good natured friends) for years. They have been astounded at his strength, speed and balance (he was riding a 2 wheeler before he was 4). Anyhow, it was fun to watch somebody else have a kid like ours.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s