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A 77-year-old former nun has set a record for powerlifting - now she wants to beat it

A 77-year-old former nun has set a record for powerlifting - now she wants to beat it
From Global News - July 14, 2017

They dont kid around when they talk about the power of God. A 77-year-old former nun in Australia set a powerlifting record in 201390 pounds on the bench press, 110 on the squat and almost 200 on the deadliftand now shes hoping to beat her own record.

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Marion Keane of Queensland says she joined a gym in 1995 for the first time as a way to cope with her husbands illness. (She left the sisterhood at 36 and married her husband a year later.)

As time went on it got really stressful, so I was advised by a counsellor to join a group, she told Daily Mail Australia. I joined a gym and have been going ever since.

She was working with a personal trainer who wanted to motivate her to stick with the program, so he suggested she try her hand at powerlifting. Once he saw it was a natural fit for Keane, he suggested she enter a competition. Thats when she really started to make her mark.

Its a real adrenaline rush, she says. With powerlifting, everybody is rooting for you.

Although Keane notes that no woman over 70 had ever competed, thus making record-setting an easy enough task, she has made herself the one to beat. She entered another competition this year and beat her record by one pound in each area, and now her goal is to do 110 pounds on the bench, 132 for the squat and 220 for the deadlift. Her next competition is in October.

Seeing my husband in a nursing home for six years [battling Parkinsons Disease] and seeing the deterioration in all the other residents, thats one of my biggest motivations to keep fit and healthy, so I can look after myself and not depend on other people, she said.

This is precisely one of the guiding principles for staying fit in your later years, says Kathleen Trotter, a Toronto-based fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit.

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