77-year old Willie Murphy weighs 105 pounds and can lift more than most people.
This self-taught, self-trained, New Yorker won in her division at the World Natural Powerlifting Federation World Championships, deadlifting more than twice her weight at 215 pounds.
Murphy also won first place awards in power curl, bench press, bench press repetitions and the 2014 Lifter of the Year Award during the Nov. 15 and 16 competitions in Atlanta.
Murphy believes in healthy eating, natural strength and doesn’t use additional help like ammonia, belts, hand powder or even trainers.
A weightlifting competition sign at the Metro Carlson YMCA in Rochester started it all a few years ago when she asked to participate.
Now people around her local Y see her as inspiration and stop to congratulate her, thank her, and touch her biceps.
“They see I’m old and not being pushed around in a wheel chair,” said Murphy, “I’m almost 80 years old and still living life.”
Some of her trophies and are on display at her gym in hopes to inspire women, seniors, and people of color who suffer from higher rates of diabetes and blood pressure.