Barbara Rawlings, 86, completes a year of bodybuilding – Fitness Volt
More often than not, new beginnings and exploring uncharted territory are accompanied by fear of the unknown. When it comes to starting a new business, learning a new skill, or even starting a workout, we often wonder if it’s too late to do so. However, this is not the case with Barbara Rawlings aka Corki. At 86, Rawlings recently celebrated the end of his first full year of bodybuilding. In a recent interview with YouTube channel Starting Strength, Barbara Rawlings talked about her journey over the past year.
A shining example of the popular “anything is possible” slogan, Barbara Rawlings works out at the Strength.Co gym. Gym owner Grant Broggi is a family friend of Rawlings. When Broggi learned of his fall at home, he advised her to visit the gymnasium where she could build up her strength and lead a healthier life. Broggi wanted to help Barbara cope with decline and loss of function due to age-related issues. For a year now, Rawlings has been weight training in the gym three days a week.
In a recent interview with Starting Strength, Corki admitted that it was mentally difficult for her to start training at her age. Nonetheless, she accepted the challenge and started hitting the gym at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
“When I first came here I was definitely intimidated. It wasn’t scary, it was just a challenge. I had never done anything like this before. The only exercise I have ever done was the walk. But I loved it, every minute,” Barbara Rawlings said.
Barbara Rawlings fitness journey
As would be the case with most, Barbara Rawlings’ year-long journey is the result of slow and steady progress. Gym owner Grant Broggi explained that initially they focused only on perfecting movements with very light weights. Over time, Corki continued to add weights and learn complex movements. Broggi also added that Barbara Rawlings is part of a group lesson. The gym is not only a place where she works out but also a place where she comes to socialize and make new friends.
“We kind of built over time. When she walked in, she just made one move, very light, you know, just to get her moving. And then, you know, she added over time, lifting over a hundred pounds now. I mean, she crushes it. She is in a group lesson like everyone else. She has a bunch of friends here, she comes here to socialize,” Grant Broggi said.
Barbara Rawlings supported her coach’s thoughts and shared the wisdom she’s gained over the past year.
“I love this gym because when you walk in everyone says hello. They cheer you on and you know you can do it because they have you covered. I would definitely recommend weightlifting to anyone my age. Younger ones , older people, anyone, but especially older people. It gives you confidence, it gives you the strength to do your daily tasks. It’s a very positive thing,” said Barbara Rawlings.
Courtesy of the Starting Strength YouTube channel, you can watch the full interview with Barbara Rawling here: