WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 100-year-old grandmother set a Guinness World Record for becoming the oldest competitive female powerlifter.
- Edith Murway-Traina from Tampa from Tampa, Florida can lift up to 150 pounds three days a week.
- The centenarian said she took up an interest in weight lifting at the age of 91.
A 100-year-old grandmother set a Guinness World Record for becoming the oldest competitive female powerlifter.
Edith Murway-Traina already had a Guinness World Record (GWR) as the “oldest female competitive powerlifter” at the age of 98 years and 94 days, under her belt for lifting up to 150 pounds three days a week. Her feat will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2022 edition.
As a former dance teacher and performer, physical fitness was always a way of life for Traina, but the centenarian said she took up an interest in weight lifting at the age of 91, just nine years ago.
Traina was tagging along with her friend Carmen Gutworth who invited her to join her to the gym to try out some new exercises.
“She didn’t want to go by herself,” Murway-Traina told the New York Post. “She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there.
“I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting. I picked up a couple of weights and had to prove to myself that I could accomplish this.”
Once she got started, Traina turned out to be a natural. Soon enough, she was on the team, competing in senior events, and bringing home accolades and awards.
“When you pull a bar up and you lift it, there’s a certain power that you experience that is only yours. It belongs to you,” she said.
Traina admits that harking back to her days as an entertainer, a great deal of her motivation has to do with how much she enjoys being in the limelight and the positive feedback she’s received. She says that every time she’d compete, she’d get applause, and every time she’d get applause, she’d get a little bit happier.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Traina’s doctors sent her to the sidelines but she returned to the gym as soon as she got the green light. She’s now back in training with coach Bill Beekley, working hard to make up for lost time and get back in shape for an upcoming November competition at which she hopes to bring home yet another winner’s cup to add to her collection.
Traina also appreciates that her current notoriety largely has to do with her advanced age, but as long as she can be a positive role model who blows the “sweet little old lady stereotype” out of the water, she’s good with that.
Source: Good News Network