Shirley Webb is a 78-year-old woman from Illinois who has two sons and two granddaughters. Two years ago, she could barely make it up the stairs without clutching the railing to gather herself along the way. Now she can deadlift 225 pounds in the gym like she's been doing it her entire life.
According to Today, in April 2014, one of her granddaughters convinced her to come to a local gym near her home in East Alton. There, she started working out with personal trainer John Wright, realizing quickly that she had a knack for deadlifting. "My trainer realized that I was kind of strong, so he kept adding weights,'' she said.
Look at her now:
And that's not even her upper limit. In November of last year, she deadlifted 237 pounds at a competition in Belleville, Ill., setting a state record for her age group. She's even carving out records that didn't previously exist, given how few people at her age can lift heavy weights at all, let alone competitively.
Although it sounds like the attention she's getting for her feats may be a little much, she's happy how much pleasure it's bringing to her family. "I have nieces and nephews who are going crazy about it,'' Webb said. "They are absolutely thrilled with me. I get nervous during the competition, but I enjoy it because my family and my nieces are just so happy that I'm doing this." And most importantly, she sounds healthier than ever.
"The harder I work out, the better I feel," she said.