Feeling tired? Let this woman’s achievements pry you off the couch.
Shirley Webb, 78, a grandmother from East Alton, Illinois, can deadlift 225 pounds three times in a row and is heading for 260 pounds this June.
According to reports, Webb could hardly walk up the stairs without losing her breath and grabbing onto the handrail two years ago, and she is now a record holder in her age group in Illinois.
Her granddaughter is the one who first pulled her out to the Club Fitness gym in Wood River, back in April of 2014.
“At the time, I couldn’t walk up the stairs unless I held on to the handrail, and if I got on the floor, I couldn’t get up without a chair,” the weight-lifting marvel is quoted as saying in an interview on today.com. “Now I can come right up off the floor. The harder I work out, the better I feel,” says Webb.
How did she end up becoming so successful at doing deadlifts? She tried it and as she recounts,
“My trainer realized that I was kind of strong, so he kept adding weights.”
Simple as that.
Webb currently trains two to three times a week with her personal trainer, John Wright.
In June of 2015, she competed in the Missouri State Powerlifting and Midwest Open in St. Louis and won her 75-and-older division with a 215-pound deadlift, much to the amazement of her friends and family.
Later on that November, she went on to set the state record for her age group with a 237-pound deadlift in Belleville, Illinois.
Look our, Rhonda Rousey, this lady’s hot.