78-Year-Old Woman Deadlifts 225 Pounds with Ease

Katie Richcreek@BookstoreKatieFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2016


Age might be just a number, but the number of pounds 78-year-old Shirley Webb can deadlift is impressive to say the least.

That number is 225—yes, 225 pounds.

And her form is impeccable.

According to espnW's Rachel Marcus, Webb has set deadlifting age- and weight-group records in Illinois and Missouri, with a 237-pound mark in Illinois and 215 pounds in Missouri.

Webb started lifting two years ago, when she joined a local gym with her granddaughter. Not long before that, she had been unable to climb stairs without holding on to the railing.

"I have no intention of stopping right now," Webb said. "When I go to the gym and work out, when I leave, I feel so much better than I did when I went in, and I just feel so good. I feel tremendous."