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Posted: March 31, 2016

WATCH: 78-year-old grandmother deadlifts 225 pounds, becomes viral sensation

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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

EAST ALTON, Ill. —

A 78-year-old grandmother has become a viral sensation after a video of her lifting 225 pounds made the rounds on social media this week.

According to ABC News, Shirley Webb of East Alton, Illinois, had never powerlifted before she joined Club Fitness in nearby Wood Lawn two years ago. She started out lifting just 40 pounds. And now?

"About four to five weeks ago, she was actually able to hit 245 pounds," Webb's trainer, John Wright, told ABC News. "Shirley can definitely outdo and lift more than, I'd say, over 90 percent of the people who come to this gym."

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Webb has even entered competitions, winning her division at last year's Missouri State Powerlifting and Midwest Open and setting a state record for her age at another event in Belleville, according to "Today." She plans to compete in another event in June.

"I've just always wanted to do the best I could in anything I've ever done," Webb told ABC News. "I hope my story encourages others to want to do the same."

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