Becker breaks weight lifting record

Author’s Note: Keith Jackson, Physical Training Coach, stopped me at the post office awhile ago to inform me that Dorothy Becker broke a state record in the Grand Master Division (age 55 and older) with a dead lift of 185 lbs.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

Author’s Note: Keith Jackson, Physical Training Coach, stopped me at the post office awhile ago to inform me that Dorothy Becker broke a state record in the Grand Master Division (age 55 and older) with a dead lift of 185 lbs.  I contacted Dorothy at the Dakota Western Bank in Hettinger and asked if I could do an article on her for the paper and she agreed. 

Becker is a graduate from Hettinger Public School, she worked two years at West River Motors in Hettinger and has been in banking the past 37 years with West River State Bank, now as Dakota Western Bank.

Becker at her desk at Dakota Western Bank in Hettinger. (Courtesy Photo)

She was looking for an exercise program that would improve her health and keep her body strong as she aged and decided on a strength and conditioning program.  By making an appointment with a trainer it held her accountable to stick with it.  As she continued with the program Coach Jackson and her decided that after two years of training she should compete in weight lifting competition.

Accomplishing goals that she never thought possible and being able to dead lift 20 lbs over her maximum weight were her biggest accomplishments.  Her goals are to continue to improve and hopefully try some more weight lifting competitions.  She would like to dead lift 225 lbs this year.  Coach Jackson has her training four days a week to help achieve those goals.

If anyone else is interested she advises that it takes commitment and dedication to a training schedule.  You must also learn to deal with sore muscles and the disappointments.  As in any sport, when you don’t reach your goal don’t give up.  If you give it your all, you have done your best.

Her husband has been very supportive and gave encouragement on her decision to train and compete.

What she has accomplished is very impressive and she has the will to reach her goal this year.  She is very determined.