ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Early Monday morning, dawn cracked over the roof of the Maplewood YMCA, and there were three people in the weight room.
One man had biceps the circumference of telephone poles. Another looked like he could easily lift a small car.
The third was a 77-year-old lady with a sweet laugh who was saying that the Y is such a lovely place for seniors.
Self-taught, self-trained and weighing 105 pounds, Murphy deadlifted 215 pounds at the WNPF championships, held Nov. 15 and 16 in Atlanta. For context, the 120-pound newspaper columnist can’t deadlift 100 pounds and could barely roll the 215-pound barbell along the floor.
Seventy-seven-year-old Willie Murphy may not be like most other grandmothers you meet. Sure, she has gray hair and loves for her grandchildren to sit on her lap like most. However, she can do one-handed push-ups and deadlift a little over double her body weight.
“She is so spunky, sweet and inspirational,” added Lisa Greer, director of administration and member services at the Maplewood Family YMCA. “I couldn’t do half the things she does.”
The 105-pound senior started lifting 5-pound weights just a few years ago, according to USA Today, after reading a sign about a weight-lifting competition at her local YMCA. She asked a employee at the time, recalling that he said “Go for it, granny.”
Murphy can do one-handed pull-ups, one-handed pushups, fingertip pushups, as well as pushups where you put your fingers in diamond formation and press your nose all the way to the floor, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
Murphy adds that her strength is all-natural: “none of those steroids for me.”
What’s even more amazing is that she doesn’t use personal training. She trains herself completely, based on the idea that it’s too expensive to invest in something like that. Even at the Y, it’s $39 an hour, and Murphy says that she simply will not spend money on something like that.
Oftentimes, older individuals may have trouble bulking up due to osteoporosis or other health issues. That’s why weight training and regular exercise are so essential into old age.
Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you with any pre-existing health conditions.
77-Year-Old Grandma Can Deadlift More Than You!