79-Year-Old Weightlifter: “Throw Away That Walker!”

At nearly 79, Winifred Pristell, grandmother of two and great-grandmother of three, is a testament to living healthy at any age. Winifred is currently a World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifers (WABDL) champion.

In fact, Winifred currently holds the World, National and State records for single lift bench press for her age group and weight class.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and athletic in her youth, Pristell’s lifestyle eventually slowed down. Before she knew it, she was obese. But with the encouragement of her daughter, she became re-interested in fitness at 48.

 
At 47, the 5-foot-5-inch-tall woman was dangerously obese, weighing 235 pounds — a body mass index of about 40. A body mass index of 25 is considered overweight; obesity starts at 30.