Weightlifting, Geritol and martinis: 100-year-old great-great-grandmother earns Guinness record

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At 100 Years Old, Edith Murve-Traina Is Already Released Guinness World Records 2022 Edition. But the Tampa, Florida great-grandmother — and competitive weightlifter — isn’t resting on her accomplishments.

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Guinness honored Murve-Traina Oldest Competitive Female Powerlifter On 5th August, just three days before his 100th birthday. It’s been a while since she’s competed since the coronavirus pandemic has brought competitions to a halt, but Murwe-Traina is currently training for one in November.

Murve-train ab lifts 40 to 150 pounds or more, depending on the exercise.


“We all just do our part … and show the world what we can do,” she told USA Today.

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Murwe-Trena, a former dance instructor, didn’t even start lifting until she was 91. His friend Carmen Gutwirth, now 77, wanted to join an exercise program to prevent osteoporosis, “but didn’t want to do it by himself,” Murve-Trena said.

Murve-Trena said that Gutwirth dragged her into the gym “kicking and screaming”. (Gutwirth details a different story in a. Video on Guinness World Records YouTube Channel: “She likes to say she was dragged to the gym kicking and screaming,” Gutwirth recalls. “She wasn’t. You don’t drag her anywhere.”)

Once they got to the CrossFit Jaguar gym in Tampa, a trainer began showing them how to lift and “before I knew it, there I was pushing up this bunch of barbells I had no use for And I didn’t know what to do,” Murve-Trena said.

Initially, she went along to make her friend laugh. Nine years later, they both participate in a weightlifting event. “When you start you don’t even think about it and suddenly you’re in the middle of something new, different and really exciting,” she said.

Edith Murve-Traina, age 100, shown here with friend Carmen Gutwirth (at left), will join the upcoming Guinness World Records 2022 event after securing the title of oldest competitive powerlifter (female).

Murve-Traina recently renewed her driver’s license, but she usually takes Uber to the gym. She and Gutwirth traditionally go after lunch and Gutwirth takes her home. Gutwirth is “very, very good,” said Murwe-Trena. “She’ll be in (Guinness) records sooner or later.”

Her son, Gary Murvey, who lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is impressed by his mother’s competitive spirit. “She’s always been doing extraordinary things, but it’s quite amazing to be doing something like this in life,” he said. “She’s always been inspiring and inspiring, whether it’s raising, dancing or just taking care of her family.”

Murve-Traina has outlived two husbands. She has two great-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 14 grandchildren, and lives in a mobile home. “Me and I take care of ourselves from time to time with a little help,” she said. When someone like their daughter, Honey Murvey-Cottrell, who also lives in Tampa, comes over to offer some help, “I make them feel good by allowing them to do this.”

Cottrell said the family knew Murve-Traina was probably one of the oldest competitive weightlifters, but was “shocked” and “very proud” of his identity. “Our whole family is honored that our mother is a record holder,” she said. Guinness World Records.

Other lifters are inspired by Murve-Train, too, says Bill Beakley, a Tampa powerlifting trainer who oversaw Murve-Train’s progress. “She’s an amazing woman and one of the toughest mentally I’ve ever met,” he said. “Wherever she goes she is revered.”

Murve-Trena, a former dance instructor, said weightlifting has made her more healthy. “You can’t help but discover that you’re healthier as time goes on. You don’t even know it. You don’t even think about it,” she said. “But you get healthier because you’re part of the program.”

And raising is fun, she said. “Things I’ve discovered in life in general, there’s no point in opening your eyes in the morning if you can’t have fun,” Murve-Trena said. “So when I open my eyes, I expect it to be a fun day.”

Plus, she has some simple advice. “A lot of people say, ‘Do you have a special diet? Does anything you eat or drink or do anything you do help you?’ No, there isn’t,” said Murwe-Trena. “However, I remind them that I make sure I have Geritol in the morning and I have martinis at night. It keeps me going.”

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