"Plus she's very entertaining and people just love her because she's so friendly and very supportive of the other lifters." "Hopefully I'm able to change the attitude about how it is just to work out," Murphy said. She trains three days per week at her local YMCA in Rochester, working on the lifts she attempts in competition.Although she said the camaraderie among gym-goers makes the YMCA feel "like a family," there aren't any women close to Murphy's age for her to train with. In fact, Murphy got into the sport by picking up tips and techniques while watching men lift at the YMCA. She has never worked with a trainer. "I was surprised that people were thinking that it was strange of me to be in the gym with mostly men at that particular time," Murphy said. "But I kept getting stronger and stronger and I don't wear any belts, I don't use chalk and I don't use the ammonia like other people when they compete in a competition. It just happened. I guess, I'm just one of those things that nature has taken good care of me." Videos of Murphy showcasing her strength in the form of one-handed pushups and impressive deadlifts have been watched thousands of times, with the top hit on YouTube -- aptly titled "This 77-year-old grandma can lift more than you" -- amassing 1.1 million views since 2014. "Strangers, they come up to me now that the weather's nice, and they give me love and they take time to say, 'I want to be just like you,'" Murphy said. "To me, I'm loving it. Because I think if you're able to be independent you should do some type of exercise." Since Murphy retired from her 40-year career with the New York state government she spends her free time working out, watching television and volunteering at her local health clinic.Once a month, she goes to the Anthony L.
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