With her newest power feat, some would possibly level to Shelly Stettner as a consummate instance of perseverance. On May 10, 2022, the 71-year-old athlete squatted 106.6 kilograms (235 kilos) for a three-set, three-rep PR throughout a coaching session. Per her social media, the squat is part of her ongoing coaching for the 2022 Powerlifting America (PA) Classic Sub-Junior, Junior, and Master Nationals on June 18-19, 2022, in Orlando, FL.

Stettner accomplished the set whereas carrying knee sleeves and a lifting belt. Her body weight for the carry was roughly 60 kilograms (132 kilos). That strains up because the athlete has competed within the 63-kilogram weight class all through her profession.

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Stettner doesn’t full the filmed set with out resistance. While powering by means of the session, she does take considerably prolonged pauses between every rep. However, contemplating the load is barely roughly 15 kilos lower than her all-time competitors better of 113.5 kilograms (250 kilos) from the 2022 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Arnold Masters of Iron Pro. That she completed three units of three reps of this weight is spectacular.

It’s Never Too Late

Stettner’s powerlifting story could possibly be a testomony to her willingness to attempt new issues. She didn’t choose up a barbell for the primary time till April 2016, when she was 64-years-old. Years later, on the age of 71, she has seven sanctioned competitions to her title, with six victories and merely one second-place end.

“I like many did believe getting older meant getting weaker and losing muscle. This is a myth!”

Here’s a file of a few of Stettner’s extra notable profession outcomes thus far:

Shelly Stettner (63KG) | Notable Career Results

  • 2019 USAPL Michigan Rookie Rumble (Masters 3, 60-69) — First place | Raw
  • 2020 USAPL Motor City Summer Showdown (Masters 3, 60-69) — First place | Raw
  • 2021 USAPL Raw Master’s Nationals (Masters 4, 70+) — First place | Raw
  • 2021 USAPL Virginia Pro (Masters 4, 70+) — First place | Raw
  • 2022 USAPL Arnold Masters of Iron Pro (Masters 4, 70+) — First place | Raw

Naturally, like with anybody, it took some diligence throughout her coaching for Stetner to construct up noteworthy power. Here are her all-time prime stats:

Shelly Stettner (63KG) | Top Lift Stats

  • Squat —  113.5 kilograms (250.2 kilos)
  • Bench Press — 65 kilograms (143.3 kilos)
  • Deadlift —  147.5 kilograms (325.1 kilos)
  • Total — 322.5 kilograms (711 kilos)

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The Master’s Nationals Are Next

Stettner appears to be within the closing levels of her coaching earlier than the 2022 Master Nationals subsequent month. The athlete has clearly been arduous at work rounding out her completely different lifts. Her Instagram is appropriately rife with intensive footage of herself finishing squats, bench presses, and deadlifts in latest weeks.

Only time will inform whether or not Stettner’s dedication will repay with one other win. Though, if she will dip her toes into skilled powerlifting at her age and thrive, something appears potential.

The 2022 PA Classic Sub-Junior, Junior, and Master Nationals will happen on June 18-19, 2022, in Orlando, FL.

Featured picture: @shelly_ann_28 on Instagram