*Don’t let her age fool ya! Willie Murphy is not to be played with.
While most 77-year-old women can use a hand here and there; you know, taking grocery bags upstairs, crossing the street, fending off trouble-makers, this great grandmother is most likely to respond to such an offer with, “Thanks. But I’m good.”
After all, at only 105lbs, she can do one-handed pull-ups and pushups using her fingertips. She can also deadlift over 90kg.
She’s a New Yorker, baby! And in a city where there’s so much going on, I’m sure these “abilities” come in handy!
Murphy, who lifts weights regularly, has won her share of accolades. Most recently she was awarded “Lifter of the Year” by the World Natural Powerlifting Federation World Championships.
“I never use the words ‘I can’t.’” she told USA Today
“I would just simply say, ‘I will try.’ That’s the way I live my life, just trying to do my best every day.
“I wanted to become better, to have a little edge in life, so I started the weight training.
“Little by little I became stronger and stronger.”
The septuagenarian has been weightlifting for four years, and does professional events, too. She says many of her friends can’t believe what she does.
“They see I’m old and I’m not being pushed around in a wheelchair. I can shovel my own snow.
“And I can push my car if it gets stuck in the snow… I’m almost 80 years old and I am still living life.
“I guess it’ll be very strange to a lot of people. But I do what I do, and I’m loving life.”
Watch the amazing Willie Murphy at work in the video directly below.