How 100-year-old weightlifter Edith Murway-Traina stays young

She retains elevating the bar.

Edith Murway-Traina — who celebrated her a hundredth birthday on Sunday — is now acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the oldest competitive female powerlifter.

“I’m kind of annoying,” the wisecracking Tampa-based great-great-grandmother instructed The Post. “Tell me I can’t do something, and I will prove that I can. That’s more or less or my attitude.”

But the spry centenarian isn’t simply trying to show naysayers mistaken; she thrives on the roar of the group.

“I love to hear the applause,” she mentioned. “What better [thing] is there than feeling like you accomplished something and to hear everyone applaud and make you feel like you’ve done something powerful and important?”

In September 2019, Murway-Traina broke the document for oldest powerlifter by hulking upwards of 150 kilos at 98. Her inspiring achievement is marked within the 2022 version of the “Guinness World Records” e-book, out subsequent month. She stopped understanding as a result of pandemic, however she’s now again on the health club 3 times per week along with her coach, getting ready for an additional competitors in November.

“The doctors insisted I stop lifting or going to the gym because of the virus, so I backed off for a while,” she mentioned. “Now I am starting from scratch and seeing what I can accomplish.”

A mom of 5 (4 of whom are nonetheless dwelling), grandmother of 11, great-grandmother of 10 and great-great-grandmother of two, Murway-Traina has lengthy been bodily energetic. She was a dance teacher, and at all times needed to be like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. She and her associates would placed on line dancing exhibits collectively.

“We thought we were pretty bright,” she quipped.

At 91, she found a brand new ardour when she reluctantly accompanied her buddy Carmen Gutworth to the health club.

“She didn’t want to go by herself,” Murway-Traina recalled. “She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there. I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting. I picked up a couple of weights and had to prove to myself that I could accomplish this.”

Then she obtained into heavy metallic, lifting bigger and bigger weights.

At 98, Edith Murway-Traina deadlifted upward of 150 pounds to become Guinness World Records’ oldest powerlifter.
At 98, Edith Murway-Traina deadlifted upward of 150 kilos to turn out to be Guinness World Records’ oldest powerlifter.
Guinness World Records

“When you pull a bar up and you lift it, there’s a certain power that you experience that is only yours. It belongs to you,” mentioned Murway-Traina, who finally began competing in senior video games — and successful.

“The first time she went out and went to a seniors game, she surprised everybody. She got medals and the applause,” her daughter Honey Cottrell instructed The Post. “She doesn’t really brag about it. All of a sudden we heard she was a record holder. She’s very honored.”

Born within the Bronx to an Irish mom and Latvian father who labored within the Garment District, Murway-Traina was raised close to the Grand Concourse. She labored numerous jobs together with bookkeeping within the garment business after which clerical roles for Grumman Aerospace, which produced a lot of the army’s plane. The latter produced a brush with a excessive flying hero. One day at work, she recalled that she was toiling close to a check pilot and she or he requested to borrow two paperclips, which he politely handed over.

“He was known as Chuck Yeager. That’s my story, and I am sticking with it,” mentioned Murway-Traina.

Edith Murway-Traina celebrated her 100th birthday by line dancing with her friends to "New York, New York."
Edith Murway-Traina celebrated her a hundredth birthday by line dancing along with her associates to “New York, New York.”
Courtesy of Edith Murway-Traina

The spunky matriarch has outlived two husbands and nonetheless lives on her personal. She stop smoking years in the past and has two martinis a yr: one on Christmas and one other on her birthday. When it involves diet, Murway-Traina is reluctant to dispense recommendation, saying she ate “whatever mama put in front of [me] . . . If mama tells you to do it, then you do it.”

Her different secret to longevity: laughter and good-natured ribbing.

“I have a couple of friends sitting here making fun of me. That’s how I keep going. If I can make someone smile and laugh, that feels pretty good.”

She additionally has good genes: One grandfather additionally made it to the centenarian membership, dwelling to age 102.

Edith Murway-Traina celebrates her 100th birthday and her title as the world's oldest female powerlifter.
Edith Murway-Traina celebrates her a hundredth birthday and her title because the world’s oldest feminine powerlifter.
Courtesy of Edith Murway-Traina

“I didn’t expect to be in that category [too],” she mentioned. “But since I got here, I feel pretty good about it.”

For the large birthday, Murway-Traina had a small gathering the place she wore a gold gown to mark the golden milestone and line-danced with associates to “New York, New York.” And though she hopes so as to add one other trophy to her assortment in November, she’s grateful for each new day.

“There’s nothing more that I can ask for than to open my eyes in the morning and know God gave me another day.” she mentioned. “You can’t ask for more than that.”

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