It’s never too late to start getting in shape. Whether you’re a former athlete or you’ve never set foot in a gym, getting started can feel daunting. But 100-year-old Edith Murway-Traina proves that anyone can do it, all it takes is a little determination. The strong-willed centenarian is a proud great-great-grandmother, and officially the world’s oldest female competitive powerlifter. df
Edith grew up with a passion for dancing, drawing inspiration from her favorite dancer, Fred Astaire. Though the Florida native enjoyed living an active life, it wasn’t until age 91 that she first set foot in a gym. Though, as Edith recalls, she didn’t go willingly. Rather, she was dragged inside “kicking and screaming” (aren’t we all) by her good friend, Carmen Gutworth.
“You don’t drag her anywhere,” Carmen countered in a Guinness World Records video, adamantly denying the accusation.
Regardless of how it actually happened, the result remains the same – Edith fell in love with her time at the gym. She felt a spark of intense joy when she began strength training, a similar spark she felt any time she danced.
“While I was watching those ladies doing their thing, I thought I just as well should pick up a few bars, and I did,” Edith recalled. “Going on a regular basis, I found that I was enjoying it, and I was challenging myself to get a little bit better and a little bit better. Before long, I was part of the team.”
Edith worked with her trainer, Bill, and continued going to her local gym religiously with Carmen. As a life-long performer, Edith found that powerlifting competitions gave her a rush reminiscent of dance recitals. Driven by the crowd’s applause and the promise of performing even better during the next competition, Edith lifted on.
Not only did the 90-something-year-old lift, but she also did it well. She grew stronger both physically and in her unshakable will, powerlifting almost 150 lbs. She took home more trophies than she knew what to do with and inspired people around the world with her fierce determination. On August 8, Edith celebrated her 100th birthday.
“I think in my nineties, I became more aware of the need for people to be recognised for who they are, or what they are, or how they are and it’s the most beautiful thing in the world,” Edith explains. “I think I survive on that, mostly, myself.”