SPOKANE, Wash. — It came down to one lift for Spokane native Amy Brantner to claim the USA Power Lifting National Championship for her age division and weight on May 10 in Chicago.

“My coach said first place or second place. Your choice," Brantner said. "You either lift it or you don’t.”

The 43 year old completed the lift, tying the other woman in contention. But since Brantner weighed less, the championship was awarded to her.

“It was amazing," she said. "I just had to cry when I got off. I couldn’t believe it happened.”

It's pretty impressive, considering she only started powerlifting a year and a half ago.

She says she used to be as skinny as a rail. Then she got into bodybuilding. She wanted to try something new, and that's when her husband suggested she try powerlifting.

So that's what Brantner did, even though it wasn’t easy.

“My coach yelled at me a lot," she said with a chuckle. "Move fast, don’t go slow. So it was a learning curve."

After the transition, she never imagined this was where it would lead her.

“It was crazy for my first one to go to and win it," Brantner said. "I just didn’t expect it. I’m sill trying to process it.”

With the win, she qualifies to compete for team USA in the World Championships this October. She gets to go to South Africa for that in October. She's never been and she's excited.

"I'm already looking up how to get there and what to do."