100-Year-Old Grandma Sets Guinness World Record In Weightlifting
While some 100-year-old grandmas enjoy knitting or playing bingo, Edith Murway-Traina likes to bench press.
Murway-Traina, from Tampa, Florida, is being honored as the oldest competitive female powerlifter for her major accomplishment of lifting up to 150 pounds three days a week, according to Guinness World Records.
The former dance teacher began weight lifting later in life, when her friend invited her to join a gym at the age of 91. “Going on a regular basis, I found that I was enjoying it, and I was challenging myself to get a little bit better and a little bit better. Before long, I was part of the team,” she told Fox News.
Murway-Traina last competed in 2019 at 98-years-old, and she had to pause the hobby during the pandemic. Now, she is back in the gym and her achievement will be listed in the 2022 “Guinness World Records” book.
“I like to do things that people think I can’t do,” she told ABC Action News.
“Sometimes she’s tired, sometimes she doesn’t feel like coming to the gym, but she fights through it,” said her training buddy, Carmen Gutwirth.
Murway-Traina said that being in the record book is an honor that dates all the way back to her childhood with her mother. “She loved the Guinness Book of Records and she used to thumb through it lots of times see all the people who could do things that people said they never could,” she explained.
Murway-Traina hopes to inspire anyone who reads the book, and explains that weightlifting is just as important for her mind as it is for her body.
“It’s like everything else in this world if you don’t try it you’ll never know if you can do it,” said Murway-Traina, who’s next competition is scheduled for November.
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