An active lifestyle brings dozens of health and aesthetic benefits, but it also offers numerous other positive elements, including self-defense. People of all ages who work out can enjoy greater peace of mind in precarious, threatening situations that require an extra dose of physical fortitude. Whenever possible, those in immediate danger should call the police. However extreme circumstances may require more than just a phone call to the authorities.

Indeed, the old sayings of “only the strong survive” and “age before beauty” may carry new meaning in Rochester, New York these days after one such incident occurred. Willie Murphy, an 82-year-old woman who lifts weights at her local YMCA (apparently to the tune of 225-pound deadlifts), put her muscles to good use against a burglar who broke into her home late last month, according to an article from WHAM in Rochester. Story author Andrew Banas detailed the story, writing:

What the suspect likely didn’t realize is Murphy is an award-winning bodybuilder who works out at the YMCA almost every day.

“He picked the wrong house to break into,” she said.

Murphy says it was dark, so she was able to hide as the suspect walked through her house. She acted quickly and grabbed the closest thing she could find.

She says, once the suspect was injured, she ran and grabbed a bottle of shampoo – and started pouring it on him.

“I grabbed the shampoo,” she said. “Guess what? He’s still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing.” 

“I got the broom,” she continued. “He’s pulling the broom. I’m hitting him with the broom.”

Finally, officers arrived. The man was sent to the hospital and Murphy was applauded by first responders.

Murphy certainly deserves praise, both for her disciplined workout routine and her courageous act of self-defense.

To read Banas full writeup, click here.