Below is a recent video of a woman who I have blogged about before. As stated previously, this woman did not begin exercising until her late 50’s. As you’ll soon see, she is now a powerlifting record holder for her age and weight class. She is still going strong with no signs of letting up.
When I first read about Gayle, I was amazed at her ability to progress so quickly despite such a late start in life. Let me remind you that she’s in her mid-60’s and did not begin lifting until 2003. Her story certainly gives hope to those who believe it is too late to start something new. Perhaps even more importantly, she reminds us that we can continue to compete at almost any age.
I see many former athletes who have lost motivation to train as they believe their chance to compete has expired. The reality however is that there are still competitive outlets for athletes of any age. It is incredible for me to see a woman in her 60’s who has just recently started to compete as a powerlifter.
Gayle has approximately 30 years on me. To think that I have three decades before I reach the point where she has really just begun is mind boggling. I personally don’t have any interest in powerlifting, but it is nice to be reminded that I can always seek new challenges later in life.
“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” – Benjamin Mays