Apr 28, 2015 5:58 PM

74-year-old powerlifting grandmother aims to live longer with exercise


DOVER - A 74-year-old grandmother isn't letting arthritis stop her from keeping active.

But she's not doing water aerobics or taking casual strolls to get her heartbeat up, she's a powerlifter.

Carole Krassner, a former special education teacher in Dover, has been lifting for more than a year. She never imagined lifting competitively, but said the reason is that she is determined to be independent.

Krassner's husband died in 1999 after suffering several heart attacks. Exercise gave them an extra 16 years together, she said.

Krassner has been watching her diet and working out with trainer Royce Claflin at Integrated Fitness in Dover. When Claflin heard his client talking about moving her own air conditioner and lifting a 90 pound bird bath, he knew she would be a good fit for lifting.

"You never know if you're good at something unless you try," Krassner said.

On Saturday, Krassner competed in her third event at Seacoast Sports Club-Great Bay in Newmarket.

She says she was happy with her results.

"Particularly with my bar squat which is normally my weakness because of my knees," Krassner said.

When asked if she runs circles around her friends (many whom are younger) she laughed and had some advice for anyone who hears her story:

"Not everybody has to be a power lifter but everybody can do some kind of workout," she said.

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