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Power Lifting Granny

Leslie Brown

My mother is tiny, and I mean tiny. Car-seat sensors “sense” that she is a “child” according to her weight, so they disable themselves.

Geez, I’ve had dang BACKPACKS set off my sensor before! My little brother dubbed my mama “Granorexic.” Several years ago, I bought her a children’s warm-up suit for Christmas.

Now, for the sad part…the woman can beat me at ARM WRESTLING! She’s an animal! My parents work out most every day, at the gym in their building.

Well, Willie Murphy, age 77, is not just still “working out”, the woman POWERLIFTS. You go girl! The woman who weighs 105, can dead-lift 215 pounds.

Willie Murphy started competing in over-50 track and field events several years ago. Once she began incorporating weight training into her workout regimen, she says “as soon the gun went off—boom—I dust those ladies.” Despite weighing only 105, Willie can deadlift 215 pounds, carry her own groceries, and rock a sleeveless camouflage T-shirt better than most dudes on the Jersey Shore. When her car gets stuck in the snow, she doesn’t need a tow truck, she just needs people to step out of her way while she clean-and-jerks it back into action.

Willie says “I never use the words I can’t. I will just simply say I will try.” So, try replacing that ice cream scoop with a barbell, so you never have to say “I can’t” when it comes to lifting more weight than a grandmother pushing 80.

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