Amazing grandma can deadlift more than most men

Mar 30, 2016 at 10:32 p.m. ET

Two years ago, 78-year-old Shirley Webb's exercise of choice was mowing the lawn.

"That's about the only exercise I ever got," she told

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That all changed when she walked into the Club Fitness gym in Wood River, Illinois, two years ago. Back then, she couldn't climb the stairs without getting winded. These days? She's a state and national record holder for the deadlift. A recent video posted to Facebook showed the strong woman lifting 225 pounds three times — and her maximum is 245 pounds.


"I have no intention of stopping right now," Webb told ESPN. "When I go to the gym and work out, when I leave, I feel so much better than I did when I went in, and I just feel so good. I feel tremendous."

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Last year she won two competitions — including one in November 2015 where she deadlifted 237 pounds to set an Illinois state record for her age group.

"I've seen such a remarkable difference in myself,'' Webb told She's also inspiring others with her badassery.

"I'm glad that people are getting inspired by me doing this," she continued. "I had one lady come in the gym and say, 'I saw your video and I decided to come down and join this club.' That makes me feel good."

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