At the age of 100, Edith Murway-Traina is already within the just-released Guinness World Records 2022 edition. But the Tampa, Florida great-great-grandmother – and aggressive weightlifter – is not resting on her accomplishments.
Guinness honored Murway-Traina as the oldest competitive female powerlifter on Aug. 5, simply three days earlier than her 100th birthday. It has been awhile since she has competed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to competitions, however Murway-Traina is at present coaching for one in November.
Depending on the train, Murway-Traina now lifts weights of 40 to 150 kilos or extra.
“We all just do our thing … and show the world what we can do,” she instructed USA TODAY.
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A former dance teacher, Murway-Traina did not even begin lifting till the age of 91. Her pal Carmen Gutwirth, who’s now 77, needed to get into an train program to fend off osteoporosis, “but didn’t want to do it by herself,” Murway-Traina mentioned.
Gutwirth “dragged her kicking and screaming” to the gymnasium, Murway-Traina mentioned. (Gutwirth particulars a distinct story in a video on the Guinness World Records YouTube channel: “She likes to say that she was dragged into the gym kicking and screaming,” Gutwirth remembers. “She was not. You don’t drag her anywhere.”)
Once they acquired to the CrossFit Jaguar gymnasium in Tampa, a coach started displaying them how to raise and “before I knew it, there I was pushing up this bunch of iron I had no use for and no idea of what to do with,” Murway-Traina mentioned.
Initially, she went alongside to humor her pal. Nine years later, they each stay individuals within the weightlifting program. “You don’t even think about it when you start out and all of a sudden there you are in the middle of something new, different and really exciting,” she mentioned.
Murway-Traina lately renewed her driver’s license however often takes an Uber to the gymnasium. She and Gutwirth historically go to lunch afterward and Gutwirth takes her dwelling. Gutwirth “is very, very good,” Murway-Traina mentioned. “She will be in the (Guinness) records sooner or later.”
Her son Gary Murway, who lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is impressed at his mom’s aggressive spirit. “She has always been doing extraordinary things but to do this kind of thing this late in life is pretty amazing,” he mentioned. “She’s always been inspiring and motivating, whether it’s lifting, dancing or just taking care of her family.”
Murway-Traina has outlived two husbands. She has two great-great-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 10 grandchildren and lives in a cell dwelling “by myself and I take care of myself with a little assistance from time to time,” she mentioned. When somebody like her daughter Honey Murway-Cottrell, who additionally lives in Tampa, comes by to provide some assist, “I make them feel good by letting them do it.”
Cottrell mentioned the household knew Murway-Traina was doubtless one of many oldest competing weightlifters however was “shocked” and “very proud” of her recognition. “Our entire family is honored that our mother is a record holder,” she instructed Guinness World Records.
Other lifters, too, are impressed by Murway-Traina, says Bill Beekley, the Tampa powerlifting coach who has overseen Murway-Traina’s progress. “She is an amazing woman and one of the most mentally tough people I have ever come across,” he mentioned. “Everywhere she goes she is revered.”
Lifting weights has additionally made her extra wholesome, mentioned Murway-Traina, a former dance teacher. “You can’t help but discover as time goes on you are healthier. You don’t even know it. You don’t even think about it,” she mentioned. “But you become healthier because you are a part of the program.”
And lifting is enjoyable, she mentioned. “One of the things I have discovered just in life in general if you can’t have fun there’s no point in opening your eyes in the morning,” Murway-Traina mentioned. “So when I open my eyes, I expect it to be a fun day.”
Beyond that, she has some easy recommendation. “A lot of people say, ‘Do you have a special diet? Is there something you eat or drink or whatever you do that helps you?’ No, there is not,” Murway-Traina mentioned. “However, I do remind them that I make sure that I have Geritol in the morning and I have martinis at night. That keeps me going.”
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