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‘My Mom Can Bench Press Your Mom’ — Female Power Lifters Celebrated In Photo Exhibition05:05
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Lodrina Cherne, who weighs 123 pounds, deadlifts 365 pounds. Cherne set an American deadlift record at a recent competition and will be competing in an international meet in Finland this spring. (Liane Brandon)MoreCloseclosemore
Lodrina Cherne, who weighs 123 pounds, deadlifts 365 pounds. Cherne set an American deadlift record at a recent competition and will be competing in an international meet in Finland this spring. (Liane Brandon)

Feminine strength comes in many forms. The physical kind is on display now in a photography exhibition at City Hall featuring female power lifters in honor of Women’s History Month.

Before taking on this project, photographer Liane Brandon barely knew power lifting for women existed. That changed after her personal trainer Jessica Diedrich explained she was getting ready for a competition.

Stereotypes of female bodybuilders with skimpy costumes and bulging muscles filled Brandon’s imagination. She didn’t say it out loud, but admits she was confused by Diedrich’s pursuit.

“She doesn’t look like a bodybuilder,” the photographer told herself, before finding out exactly what power lifting was.

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  • "Brandon followed the 32-year-old Cherne and three other power lifters for about a year."

This segment aired on March 27, 2015.

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