Ernestine Shepherd’s Journey: A Day In The Life Of World’s Oldest Female Bodybuilder

… fulfill her sister’s goals by weight training again. Eventually, she worked enough to perform in a body-building showcase competition, in which she earned first place in her age category. A month later, the sisters’ pact with each other manifested into a reality. The Guinness Book of World Records entered Ernestine into the book as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world, just like her sister imagined!

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“I do the same thing day in and day out. I eat the same way day in and day out. I drink four bottles of liquid egg whites a day. No high blood pressure medicine. No medicine for panic attacks. No medicine for acid reflux. And by me out running and walking, the depression and anxiety just left me. I do it because I have to practice what I preach. I can’t tell anyone to do it if I’m not doing it.”

Currently, Ernestine is teaching a weight training class, which started off with only 10 students. “That class has grown. Sometimes everybody can’t get in the room. Then I was really shocked when the men said they, too, wanted to train with me.”

Ernestine is walking inspiration. In an emotional moment, one of her older students said, “She made me want to live again, mentally. The spirit of this woman grabbed me back. I bless her and honor her because she is the greatest woman on Earth,” she said as she began to tear up.

Watch a day in the remarkable life of Ernestine in the video above and let her spirit grab you back, too.


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