Summer, California. She woke up early in the morning, tremblingly got off bed and walked out of bedroom slowly. She’s going to be 80 in November, not really agile, but strong-willed. Carrie Reese, a world record holder, firmly believes that anything is possible.
Back in 2012, Carrie underwent a bilateral knee replacement surgery and had a left wrist reconstruction for compound fracture. It is not likely that she would walk or live like healthy elderly people. The surgery could be a life-ruining disaster for people over 75. It took her a long time to recover, to live, and fight again. And she made it.
To recover, Carrie kept working out on a daily basis. Everyone in the gym knows her. Carrie has become an inspirational icon in the gym and her community. Yet, the first time Carrie walked past the young and tough gym goers, they were totally shocked and no one believed she could achieve anything. In their eyes Carrie was just another typical elderly lady who should stay and stagger in her own garden. But Carrie proved them wrong by practicing, step by step. She broke stereotypes and became unique in her own way.
“Powerlifting inspires me. It is an integral part of my life. It provides the foundation for good health and underpins my philosophy that anything is possible, at any age, you just have to believe in yourself, be yourself and work at it!” says Carrie. She’s never said I cannot. She’s never given up. From operating table to exercise mats, from walking sticks to weight podium, it is a miracle, it is Carrie Reese.
In 2013, one year after Carrie’s knee surgery, she won the championship of three different weight classes of dead lift and bench press in the World Association of Bench and Dead Lifters (WABDL). In 2014, she defended the titles while all results broke the world record in her age group.
Don’t let the labels keep you down and make you forget who you really are. Carrie embraces her own kind of beauty – fitness and power.
“I am 79 years old and I am just getting started”, Carrie stated after a dead lift. For her, I AM a uniquely me.