Blairstown grandma picks up powerlifting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) - "I was in the best of the Midwest show for bikini competition. It is basically judged on your aesthetic's. It is not judged on your strength." said Jeanna Marie Becker. "This is all about strength and totally different training. I train three times a week real heavy."

Becker, a grandmother from Blairstown was a champion pro fitness model. At age 50, she wanted try something different so she picked up power lifting.

"I wanted to feel stronger." Becker said. "Not only in the gym but it kind of makes you feel stronger as an individual. It is not just about the gym."

Becker hired one of the strongest men in the United States to train her. Nate Yelton, who is a US record holder squatting over 1,000 pounds.

"He has pushed me beyond physical limits I thought I had. He has brought me to numbers I didn't think I would ever achieve lifting weights ever." Becker said.

Becker has come a long ways in a short time in power lifting, when she first started she could only bench press the bar.

"I wanna keep getting stronger. I want to do a power lifting competition sometime this year maybe November because I want to get my numbers up a little higher." Becker said. "I want to hit like 350 pounds in a dead lift but I don't think that's even possible."

Becker is a perfect example that it is never too late to try something new and what an example she is setting for her 3 children and grandson.

"My grandson thinks it's awesome. I kind of show off to them sometimes and brag but then they laugh at me." Becker said.