BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With the amount of activities both indoor and out that Maine has to offer, some activities such as power lifting tend to be over looked. But when world records start being broken, that's when heads start to turn.
Aimee Leclerc just turned 40 years old, and is a woman of many hats...
"I started out as a runner, I actually played rugby, I ski, I got into dog sledding, picked up hockey later in life,I teach stand up paddle boarding, recently as of last year my big passion is mud runs," said the fitness enthusiast.
But that just wasn't enough.
It was just another regular day in the gym when her trainer suggested something new.
"He said 'do you have any interest in power lifting?,'I'm not a big girl i bent over laughing and he said 'no if we can get you in the right wieght and age category you might do really well'," said Leclerc.
So work began right away. After a month of training with a new workout regimen and a new diet, Aimee entered the Raw Power lifting Federation competition at 97 lbs, looking to break records in the 40-50 age range.
But that still wasn't enough of a challenge.
"Atthe very last minute asI was competingI said lets go for it, lets go for open which means that I actually set records, beat records that 20-year-olds have all the way up until the people who are still competing in the 70s so that was huge," she said.
In the strict curl, Aimee lifted 62.5 lbs on her third attempt, setting a new world record. Now, she says, power lifting is a thing of the past.
"I'mout of the power lifting world until somebody beats my record,I'm too competitive I'll get back into it again. The next thing I'm going to do is actually compete in figure shows which are a lot like body building shows but they're looking for you to be as lean as possible they want to see the most muscle definition they can," she said.
So for now, it's back to work with a new diet and a new way of training. Leclerc will be competing in a fitness competition during the weekend of September 28th in Portland.