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78-year-old grandmother deadlifts 225 pounds like it’s nothing

Bet she makes a strong cup of tea, too.


Elijah Watson

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Posted on Mar 29, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 12:44 am CDT

Need some motivation to get that summer bod you’ve been trying for the past several years? Or just some incentive to get back into the gym at all? 

Well, maybe this’ll do the trick: Shirley Webb, a 78-year-old who can deadlift 225 pounds, and looks like an absolute badass doing it.

Prior to weightlifting, Webb’s only exercise was mowing her lawn. But after joining Club Fitness with her granddaughter in Wood River, Illinois, Webb has become a weightlifting boss, setting records in Illinois and Missouri for deadlifting. And the next record she hopes to break? A national one—which should be easy, since there’s no national record for her age group.

And here we are, struggling just to pick up our fingers and type. You are a living legend, Webb.

H/T USA Today | Photo via houseofhighlights/Instagram 

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2016, 3:23 pm CDT