World’s Fittest Grandma Body Builder,Ernestine Shepherd, Just Celebrated Her 80th Birthday: “Age is Nothing but a Number” – Healthy Positive Mind –
Ever felt like you’re too old to do something? Well, you’re not. And Ernestine Shepherd is proof of that. She’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, and believe it or not, the iron-pumping grandma recently turned 80.
The octogenarian Baltimorean was born on June 16th, 1936. She didn’t start exercising until she was 56 years old but since then she’s gone on to win two bodybuilding titles. From 2010 to 2011 Shepherd was even declared the oldest competitive body builder in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records!
So what’s her secret?
Discipline, determination, and good old fashioned hard work! She wakes up at 3am, she runs about 80 miles (130km) per week and she lives off a calorie-controlled diet of boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables, and plenty of water. But the true secret to her success is simple: she never gives up. So remember that next time you’re procrastinating about going to the gym.
Ernestine Shepherd is the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. Believe it or not, she just celebrated her 80th birthday! She was born in 1936 but she didn’t start bodybuilding until she was 56 years old. Since then she’s won two bodybuilding titles. She’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records!
She starts training at 8am, and her trainer is a former Mr. Universe. She lives on a diet of eggs, chicken and vegetables. She also drinks plenty of water.
So what’s the secret to her success?
- Age is nothing but a number. In addition to her mantra, “Determined, dedicated, disciplined to be fit,” Shepherd believes that “Being out of shape as we age truly is merely an option – NOT a mandate!”
- Eat clean. Shepherd sticks to a daily diet of 1,700 calories, which includes egg whites, chicken and vegetables.
- Do the same workout every day. In an interview with Oprah, Shepherd revealed, “I do the same thing day in and day out.” This daily routine includes a workout that begins at 3 or 4 am with a 10-mile run.
- Find what you like to do. The fitness trainer teaches classes of her own, but encourages people to exercise in whichever way they like. “Not everybody wants to be a body builder, not everybody wants to be a runner. But find what you like to do,” she told Oprah.
- Have something that motivates you. Although Shepherd finds strength in prayer, she says she owes most of her motivation to her late sister