aden Cahoy is our latest featured athlete! Caden is a 14-year old weightlifter from Jacksonville, Florida who currently competes in the 49-kg weight class. Caden won the championship title in the 44-kg weight class (14-15 age group) at USA Weightlifting’s 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018 and was recently invited to represent the United States at the Youth World Championships in March 2019.
When did you get started in this sport?
I started CrossFit at age 8 and weightlifting at age 9.
What (or who) got you started?
My dad got me started because I saw him working out, and I wanted to try it. So, I started doing CrossFit with him.
What do you enjoy most about weightlifting?
I enjoy how it makes me feel strong and healthy, but I also love competing and having fun.
What does your current training routine look like?
Mondays I work out at 6:00-7:30 AM, Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 AM, Fridays at 5:00-7:30 PM, and Saturdays at 7:00-9:00 AM.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that has been impactful?
Squats have been impactful in my training.
What are your proudest weightlifting achievements?
My proudest achievements are winning first at nationals 3 times and going 5 times.
What is your diet like?
I eat pretty well but once in a while I eat like a kid.
Who do you look up to in the sport? Why?
I look up to Tian Tao because he has very good technique and is very strong. He also puts in very hard work.
What friendships has this sport brought your way?
I have made a lot of friends from national events and hope to keep making more.
What qualities do great coaches possess?
Great coaches possess patience, teaching their kids to focus on technique first, and know how to put together good programming.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have ever received was to trust the programming and give all your effort because it does not happen over night.
What characteristics do you strive for?
I strive to be a good role model and want kids to look up to me.
When you have random free time, how do you spend it?
I like spending time with friends playing sports like football and basketball, and I like playing PS4.
If you could master anything (besides weightlifting), what would it be?
I would master football because it is my second favorite sport to play.
What have you learned from weightlifting that helps you in other parts of your life?
I have learned to calm down and be patient.
The last time you were knocked down (or discouraged) in this sport, how did you get back up?
I just focused on improving what I could and taking care of my body until it was all healed up.
Where does your strength come from?
My strength comes from me wanting to be the best in the world and competing against people like Hutch Friend and Hampton Morris.
What are your weightlifting goals?
My goals are to make the USA weightlifting team and win the youth Olympics or the Olympics.