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Grandma Sets Record as the Oldest Powerlifter but People Can't Believe Her Age

Brittany Chalmers
Aug 23, 2021
07:40 P.M.
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A remarkable woman turned 100 this month, and to top off the celebrations, she can add Guinness World record holder to her list of impressive accolades. Netizens were stunned when they found out which record she held.

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Edith Murway-Traina celebrated her 100th birthday this month, but that's not her biggest achievement. The great-great-grandmother is also a record holder.

Murway-Traina secured the Guinness World Records title for the oldest competitive female powerlifter through sheer determination and passion. She can lift between 40 and 150 pounds!

Woman who is 100 lifts bars and is honored as a record holder for powerlifting | Photo: Youtube/Guinness World Records

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A CHAMPION

With a routine that is both impressive and dazzling, Murway-Traina competes like a champion. While her family knew she must be one of the oldest powerlifters, her daughter was surprised to learn she was actually the world record holder.

The honor was bestowed upon Murway-Traina, who was a dance teacher at the local recreation center for many years. Her inspirations were the likes of Shirley Temple and Ginger Rogers—now she is an inspiration herself!

Woman who is a record holder for powerlifting lifts a dumbbell | Photo: Youtube/Guinness World Records

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SHE JUST PICKED UP THE BARS

Murway-Traina was introduced to the world of lifting by a friend, Carmen Gutworth. She was 91 years old when she first took an interest in lifting.

Murway-Traina expressed:

"While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did."

Woman who is 100 lifts bars and is honored as a record holder for powerlifting | Photo: Youtube/Guinness World Records

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SHE LOVES THE APPLAUSE

The record holder liked the challenge and enjoyed lifting regularly. The trophies started to pile up soon after she began competing. The older woman also loves the applause that comes from the sport.

She said:

"As a performer and a dancer, applause was always a very important part of my enjoyment. As long as I could get a little bit of applause, I was happier each I time I got more and more applause."

100-year-old woman's powerlifting trophies stand on her cabinet | Photo: Youtube/Guinness World Records

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AGE IS NOT AN EXCUSE

When people found out that Murway-Traina was already in her nineties, the applause became even louder. As she stated: "People got to pay attention more." The global pandemic kept her out of the gym in 2020, but she is excited to get back.

The athlete has shown many that age is not an excuse to not do something active; all that is required is hard work. Online community members were in disbelief when they heard about this woman's stamina and strength.

100-year-old woman and her daughter look through 2022 Guinness World Record book which honored her as a record holder for powerlifting | Photo: Youtube/Guinness World Records

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ONLINE REACTION

A user commented: "She looks like she’s 80, at most. Ms. Edith, you rock!" Another echoed this and said: "No one should never say they are too old to do something. This is proof."

A few younger netizens also pointed out that she was in better shape than they were. Paired with a laughing emoji, one person expressed: "When a 100-year-old is stronger than you. How ridiculous is that?"

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