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Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma

If you think you’re too old to get back into shape, think again.  Ernestine Shepherd started working out in her fifties, and then decided to pick it up in her 70s. She is the oldest competitive female body-builder in the world, clocking in at the age of 75.

She wakes up every morning at 3 am and works out for the entire day. She is a certified personal trainer as well. She is a die-hard “Rocky” fan and wants to one day meet first lady Michelle Obama to help her with her fight against obesity.

Ernestine and her sister Velvet began competitive body-building together in the late 1980s. But her sister died in 1992 from a brain aneurysm. Ernestine works out every day to keep her sister’s memory alive. Since the age of 56, she has won two body-building titles and run nine marathons. She consumes 1,700 calories per day, including boiled egg whites, chicken, and vegetables and runs 80 miles per week.

She is currently being trained by former Mr. Universe Yohannie Shambourger.

Now that you’ve seen what’s possible, when are you going to take charge of your own life?

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29 Responses to Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma

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    March 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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  3. Tina Kennedy

    August 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Wow and she is 75 now!

  4. JoBear58

    July 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I know that’s right!

  5. kumar rampersad

    July 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    What a roal model,

  6. Rene

    June 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I will use her picture for inspiration. My sister and I are starting our blog FIT AT FIFTY! We will share about gluten free eating, exercise, forms of exercise, exercise dvd’s, supplements (what they do)overall health topics too. Coming soon!

  7. lace stealth

    March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    black women need to follow her instead of the beyonces,rhiannas, and nikki minajs of the world.

  8. KING CORDEEZY

    March 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    YOU TRULY ARE A REMARKABLE ROLE MODEL FOR ALL WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD. CONTINUE YOUR WONDERFUL JOURNEY AND SHOW EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD WHAT YOU MADE OF. JOURNEY FORWARD MY QUEEN.

  9. Ora Blake

    March 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    What a great role model you are for those of us who have made it pass 70. I am on board- I going to tighten us my bod and give you a run for your money. U got to luv it.

  10. Ora Blake

    March 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    What a great role model you are for those of us who have made it pass 70. I am on board- I going to tighten us my bod and give you a run for your money. U got to luv it.

  11. Antoinette Merzius

    August 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I am so proud of you my sister. “Be blessed and be a blessing”.SHALOM!Romans16:16

  12. Poor David

    August 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    The mystery of being the best you can be is still a riddle.

  13. Katharoseden

    August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Michelle….GIVE HER A CALL!!