In promotion of its newest training shoe (the Nano 7), Reebok gathered a group of 33 athletes in four cities across the world in an attempt to break fitness-related Guinness World Records. Of the 44 records that were successfully broken – the highest number of broken records in a single day – 20 were broken by women (#LadyPower). But one participant in particular has everyone talking (and rebooting their own fitness resolutions): 10-year-old Milla Star Bizzotto from Miami, Florida.
The majority of the participants in Reebok's Nano 7 event were professional CrossFit athletes, but Bizzotto (along with New Girl star/known CrossFit enthusiast Max Greenfield) were also included in the record-breaking attempts as "special celebrities." The 10-year-old was going for the record of most burpees in one minute (currently 37). She didn't succeed in her attempt, but there's no doubt that she was the biggest inspiration of the day.
This wasn't the Miami girl's first foray into the world of intense fitness. Last year, Bizzotto – whose father/trainer, Christian Bizzotto, is a former CrossFit coach and current owner of Focused Movement Academy in Miami Shores, where his daughter trains – made headlines when she participated in BattleFrog's extreme 24-hour obstacle course. The then 9-year-old was the only person under 18 to compete in the NAVY Seal-designed course, with BattleFrog making a special exception to accommodate the rising fitness phenomenon.
At the time of the BattleFrog course, Bizzotto was working out five days a week, three hours at a time. That's dedication. And for all those concerned that the girl is being pushed into this extreme fit life – so-called "stage parents" come in all shapes and sizes, after all – fear not. The family's sports medicine doctor, Todd Narson, firmly believes that the little girl's dedication to pushing herself to the limit is all self-motivated.
"This isn't where the parent is trying to live vicariously through a child," Narson told the Miami Herald last March. "This is all self-motivated. She's a natural athlete, and she's doing things that are reasonable for her. If she was in constant pain or [had] shown developmental issues, it would be different. But that's not the case at all. Christian is also one of the most careful instructors out there. He watches over her every move."
Interestingly, Bizzotto has said she was inspired to get serious about fitness after she was bullied in elementary school. Now, she's dedicated herself to setting an example for other kids her age, frequently tagging her Instagram posts #InspirationfortheIpadGeneration.
"People would call me names and say I wasn't a good player," she said. "I didn't want anyone else to go through what I did. I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want."
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