The 82-year old Ernestine Shepherd is the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and the fittest grandma you will see.
She claims that she wakes up every morning at 2:30 and says her devotions and then has breakfast, which is usually 10 egg whites, a handful of walnuts, and 16 oz of water.
She also broke a world record and fulfilled a major goal in her life and did not just do for herself, but for her sister too. Continue reading the article to learn more about this amazing woman’s story.
The Life Story of Ernestine Shepherd
She and her sister, Mildred Blackwell were inseparable and one day, when she was 56, Ernestine was trying on clothes with her sister. Unfortunately, they did not like how to clothes fitted them and so Mildred suggested exercising.
Soon enough, they began training together and this became a major part of their lives.
Mildred proposed a new and bigger goal for them to achieve so that they can be in the Guinness Book of World Records as the two oldest bodybuilders.
She also mentioned that if anything were to happen to her, she wants her sister to keep going.
When they started exercising for their new goal, Ernestine did not know about her sister’s health issues. Consequently, Mildred died from a brain aneurysm.
Ernestine, after the loss of her beloved sister, begun struggling with numerous health issues, including hypertension, depression, acid reflux, and panic attacks.
She explains that she was losing the will for exercising until she had a dream of her sister saying to her “Get up and do what I asked you to do!”
Eventually, she got back in the gym and worked on her body to make it suitable for a bodybuilding showcase competition where she got the first place in her age category.
And, only a month afterwards, she was added in the Guinness Book as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world. This was the dream of her sister and she fulfilled it…
For now, Ernestine is teaching a weight training class that begun with 10 students only and the number was growing and growing. She no longer deals with the medical issues from the past and feels less depressed and anxious.
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