At the end of my time working with her, Doreen was able to squat 65lbs and deadlift 100lbs for 5 reps each.
The reason why I stopped working with Doreen one-on-one is that I decided to pursue a M.Sc. in a different city. Many of you might know that my research is focused on the impacts of powerlifting training on aging adults. One of the primary reasons for researching this topic was because of individuals like Doreen, who is the epitome of resilience and living life to the fullest.
Fast forward to this past weekend, I was attending a local powerlifting competition, and what do you know, Doreen had entered her first powerlifting competition at the age of 84!! Needless to say there aren't any female powerlifters that old doing it so every lift she achieved was a World Record. The crowd was amazing, giving her a standing ovation after every attempt.
Doreen would say that powerlifting is more than just the physical strength, it's about pushing individual potential. It was such an honor to see her again. I couldn't be more proud.