I first became aware of Morghan King by reading a story Lou Ferrigno posted on his Facebook page. The story is called “Meet The 109-lb Woman Who Can Lift Twice Her Weight,” written by Andy Isaac for UPROXX.com.
The article, and accompanying 10 minute video, is split between 29-year-old Morghan’s training and her diet which, for a 5 foot, 0 inch, 109-pound woman, seems like quite a lot. I have to admit that many of the food photos featured in Isaac’s article weren’t immediately appealing to me, but then I have my own dietary preferences.
The DailyMail.com also recently published a story about Morghan and describes her as:
Morghan King, 29, is an international competitive weightlifter who, despite her seemingly-slim physique, can lift more than twice her own bodyweight in a ‘clean and jerk’ maneuver, something that not a lot of people – men included – can achieve.
After three years of weightlifting, Morghan has competed for Team USA at the World Championships twice, and has now mastered the best diet for staying in top lifting shape, which she recently revealed in an episode of Fuel.
I’m not interested in actually performing the type of competitive weightlifting Morghan, her boyfriend, and friends do since, for me at least, it seems like a recipe for injury, but I must admit to being impressed by her abilities and her determination.
She describes weightlifting and being competitive as being the center of her life, which isn’t my particular focus for being a “gym rat”. While I enjoy lifting, in reality, it’s a means to an end, it’s part of what I do to lose body fat, increase lean muscle mass, get physically stronger, and feel better and younger.
I lift so I can enjoy the rest of my life when I’m not in a gym.
But Morghan is 29 and I’ll be 61 next month so our lived experience, outlook, and goals are bound to be different since we are at differing stages in our life cycles.
I know that weightlifting for women and particularly women competing in weightlifting may seem controversial to some people, but it just re-enforces for me that the myths about women and weightlifting are only that…myths.
This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned women and competitive weightlifting and it probably won’t be the last. Women can train with weights in exactly the same way men can. I know I can’t lift what Morghan lifts and she’s half my age and about 85 pounds lighter than I am.
About four months ago, I posted a video of a 91-year-old woman who trains with free weights. No, she doesn’t compete, but she lifts, and it’s made a positive difference in her life. I also posted a story a few months back about a 95-year-old man who lifts and who does compete in 200-meter sprints.
Just like Morghan, they aren’t people you might consider typical athletes or weightlifters, and yet they chose to ignore the stereotypes about what women can and can’t do, and what senior citizens can and can’t do, and just go for it.
It takes a lot of dedication and hard work, not just in the gym, but in every portion of your life to achieve such accomplishments. A lot of Morghan’s story is centered around food, eating clean, and eating the appropriate amounts to produce a specific result.
I’m telling a little bit about Morghan’s story as well as my other inspirations in order to inspire you. Maybe these aren’t the sort of folks you run into every day, but they aren’t all that rare either. If they can do what they’re doing, just think about what you could learn to do that you aren’t doing now.
You don’t have to make weightlifting or any athletic activity the consuming goal of your life, but you can make some form of exercise the means by which you build a better life.
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.