100-Year-Old Great-Great-Grandmother Becomes the Guinness World Records’ Oldest Powerlifter

by Joe Rutland
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People hear that age is just a number. Outsiders, here’s a great-great-grandmother who, at 100, is in the Guinness World Records.

You might ask what is so amazing about Edith Murway-Traina. This is it: According to the famed record-keeping book, she is the world’s oldest competitive powerlifter.

Murway-Traina competes in powerlifting meets where she is called upon to take part in three power moves: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

An article from People says Murway-Traina, of Tampa, Fla., found the powerlifting bug after being invited to the gym by a friend. The Guinness World Records holder had spent many years as a dance instructor.

Guinness World Records Holder Found Strength In The Gym

But lifting weights? Hey, once Murway-Traina started, then she kept moving forward.

“While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did,” Murway-Traina said. Guinness World Records interviewed her for its website.

She said that after going to the gym 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,” Murway-Traina said.

Even a friend of hers, Carmen Gutworth, has become amazed by the great-great-grandmother’s work ethic.

Murway-Traina, At 100 Years Old, Impresses Her Strength Coach

“She will not quit and anything that’s hard, it makes her more determined,” Gutworth said in an interview with Guinness World Records. Gutworth says, “Sometimes she’s tired, sometimes she doesn’t feel like coming to the gym, but she fights through it.”

Gutworth talks about her friend to Tampa television station WFTS. Bill Berkley, who is Murway-Traina’s strength trainer, says he’s amazed by her all the time

“It is such a challenge and to do it at that level at that age is mind-blowing,” Berkley said.

So, how does a 100-year-old, great-great-grandmother handle this newfound attention? Murway-Traina answered the question.

“When I lift that up and I get some applause,” she told the TV station, “that’s all I need, that does it for my ego.”

Competitions Call For Strict Form With Each Power Move

One additional thing about what she is doing on the powerlifting scene. Competitors have to complete each lift with solid form. What does that mean? For instance, anyone doing a squat has to break parallel. You have to go below where your knees bend slightly.

Judges will determine whether each lift is done correctly. This is just another thing that Murway-Traina has to learn with lots of repetitions.

Outsiders who think they cannot accomplish great things in their lives can look at this 100-year-old powerlifter for inspiration. Hardcore “gym rats” probably applaud her efforts.