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73-year-old grandmother of three sets powerlifting record

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Published on Aug 8, 2013

SHE'S BRAND NEW TO THE WORLD OF COMPETITIVE WEIGHT LIFTING... BUT SHE'S ALREADY MAKING HER MARK... SETTING A POWER LIFTING RECORD THIS YEAR.
MEET SANDRA FOLI... THE 73-YEAR-OLD BLOOMINGTON GRANDMOTHER OF THREE IN YOUR AROUND CENTRAL ILLINOIS REPORT.
(nat) SANDRA FOLI...
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ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL 73-YEAR-OLD.
i first started going to the gym in the middle of 2008.
WHEN SHE WAS 68 YEARS OLD... (nat) THAT'S WHERE SHE MET HER TRAINER...
when you're with someone that long, you truly become friends with them.
CHAD HOBBS.
i've actually been with sandra longer than I've been with my girlfriend, so sandra got to see that whole courtship process take place (laugh)
chad said that he's known you longer than he's known his girlfriend. that's right, i remember when he first started admiring that young lady. and i told him to go for it...don't let her get away... (laugh)
SANDRA AND CHAD HAVE WORKED TOGETHER OVER THE PAST 5 AND HALF YEARS...
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TO GET SANDRA BACK INTO SHAPE...
and i thought i just need to get in fit after my illness.
AFTER CEPTIC SHOCK COULD HAVE CLAIMED HER LIFE...
it was touch and go for a while.
NOW SANDRA IS BETTER THAN EVER.
i fought it, and i recovered.
IN FACT, SHE'S FEELING SO STRONG
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THAT JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO...
and i just went out there... shake my arms a little bit... ready to go...
SANDRA SET A RECORD IN THE 100 PERCENT RAW POWERLIFTING COMPETITION AT THE FOUR SEASONS IN BLOOMINGTON
chad was so excited that i did it well he came running out and gave me a big hug...
A CLEAN DEADLIFT LIFT... OF 181 AND A HALF POUNDS...
she put up some pretty serious weight for a woman of her age...
it's that crossfit style exercise...including moves like step ups... that keeps sandra in shape not just for her competitions, but for her daily life.
i see people one or two years older than i in a wheel chair...and i don't ever want to be there.
that's always been the goal for her. lets keep the strength up.
SO SHE CAN STAY AN COMPLISHED LIFTER... ON STAGE..
she's an inspiration to a lot of people.
AND A HEALTHY 73-YEAR-OLD MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER...OFF OF IT.
where so many people become sedentary later in life, she's doing something about it.
REPORTING AROUND CENTRAL ILLINOIS IN BLOOMINGTON, I'M MARK RIVERA
it's so fun to accomplish something and acheve like a deadlift personal best...and then go on for more.
(nat) WAND NEWS.
SANDRA AND CHAD ARE GOING ON FOR MORE... THEY'RE HEADING TO ANOTHER POWER LIFTING COMPETITION IN OCTOBER... WHERE SANDRA WILL BOTH DEADLIFT... AND BENCH PRESS.
AS FOR OTHER SENIORS... SANDRA SAYS GET ACTIVE... AND STAY THAT WAY...
ONE OF HER FAVORITE THINGS TO DO... IS TO TURN PEOPLE DOWN FOR HELP!

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