Augusta, GA (WJBF) — Tamara Martin is a grandmother and a power lifter. Yes, the 45-year-old Augusta resident began powerlifting 4 years ago. And recently she competed at the Global Powerlifting World Championships in Las Vegas. Not only did she come in first place, but she also broke the world records in squats, deadlifts, and in full powerlifting total. She beat out the national champion of Ireland in the process.
Martin began powerlifting almost by accident. “Well, I had a stroke at 38,” Martin said. “Six pills for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. The doctor said, you either change your life or you’re gonna die.”
“I’ve never been an athlete. I started this fitness goal and I lifted weights with a friend, and it was kind of discovered by accident. I’m like, ‘oh, I really like this; This is fun.’