Traina, a former line dancing instructor, went to the gym with a friend when she was 91.
"I have a friend, Carmen, who is the lady who dragged me kicking and screaming all the way to the gym," Traina told BayNews 9.
Once she began working with weights, Traina realized it was an uplifting experience.
"When I lift that bar up, as I'm lifting it up in here I hear words like ‘oh my God,’ I'm doing it," Traina told BayNews 9.
Saturday in Tampa, the Edith Traina Inspirational Open debuted. Traina was there but only did the bench press, as a wrist injury prevented her from competing in the deadlift, WTVT reported.
"My record is 150 pounds, but because I broke my wrist I had to go back and start all over again so I'm back to 130 pounds,” Traina told WTVT.
Beekley said seniors like Traina are an inspiration.
"They don’t take the time that they have on the Earth for granted," Beekley told the Times. "They are out enjoying their lives."
Traina said she has no plans to stop lifting and expects to lift when she turns 100, the Times reported.
Until then, she is looking for some competition.
"I can't find any other 90-year-olds to compete with so if you know anybody that has a grandmother or friend who would like to compete with me (get in touch),” Traina told BayNews 9.