Winifred Pristell: 70 Year Old Great Grandmother & Record Breaking Powerlifter

January 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Winifred Pristell (AKA "Heavy Metal") is 70 years-young, great-grandmother of 3, with fingers twisted by arthritis who benches, squats and deadlifts more weight than most guys I've seen in the gym:

At an age where most people have physically and mentally deteriorated with "old age", Winifred Pristell is actually getting STRONGER.



John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


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