Meet Willie Murphy: The 81-Year-Old Grandma Who Can Lift More Than You
… her idol. “They see I’m old and I’m not being pushed around in a wheelchair,” she told USA Today.
“I wanted to become better, to have a little edge in life, so I started the weight training,” admitted Murphy. “Little by little I became stronger and stronger.”
But that doesn’t have to happen just because you hit 60: “When you start strength training in your 60s, 70s, 80s, even 90s, you will add about one pound of muscle per month,” Westcott says. Since muscle is your calorie-burning engine, those gains translate to fat loss — no dieting required.
The truth is, you can build muscle well into your golden years — a time when people are normally losing 10 to 15 percent of their muscle mass per decade.
She added: “They see I’m old and I’m not being pushed around in a wheelchair. I can shovel my own snow.
“And I can push my car if it gets stuck in the snow… I’m almost 80 years old and I am still living life.
“I guess it’ll be very strange to a lot of people. But I do what I do, and I’m loving life.”