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In a desperate attempt to lose weight, Tamara Walcott started weight training. What started with dumbbells eventually led to powerlifting.

In only five years, Walcott has now broken several records.

CNN reports that in July, she broke the World Raw Powerlifting Federation records for the heaviest cumulative lift for bench/squat and press, registering a total of 1,620.4 pounds in the squat, bench press and deadlift at the American Pro competition in Virginia.

Walcot said powerlifting has saved her life.

“It saved me from myself, saved me from food addiction; it was my therapy, it saved me from depression, and it changed my life.”

But it hasn’t been all plain sailing and Walcott admits she had to face a lot on her way to the top.

“I could hear people saying I wasn’t doing it right. I remember hearing one person say: ‘Why is she in here and not on the treadmill?’ … I stuck to it and just kind of kept going.”

Image credit: NDTV

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