It is actually awesome when one actually realizes that age does not limit us, and we are never too old to start doing something new or make a change! Ernestine Shepherd is the world’s fittest grandma bodybuilder at the age of 82!
She was born on June 16th, 1936, in Baltimore, Maryland, and she didn’t even start exercising until she was 56 years old!
This incredibly strong and bold woman gets up at 2:30 am and does her daily devotionals and meditation. Then, she has her high-protein breakfast and leaves the house to go on a run.
She’s lifting weights at the gym by 7:30 am, teaches workout classes until 11:30 am, and afterward, she returns home to her husband, for her lunch. Then, she goes back to the gym, where she trains people of all ages from around 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
The Independent reports:
“In addition to her exhausting-sounding fitness routine, Ernie eats five to six small meals a day. These often include oatmeal, a handful of walnuts and crushed pineapple for breakfast, a baked white potato, chicken and asparagus as one of her lunches followed by brown rice, turkey and string beans and then sweet potato, tuna, and spinach.
These meals are also interspersed with 8oz glasses of liquid egg whites. After finishing her meal plans for the day, she tends to turn into bed at 10 pm although “sometimes I’m up until 11” leaving just a mere three and a half hours before she wakes up and kick-starts her day all over again.
“I find that is enough sleep for me. I don’t take naps. I’m so happy to do what I do and I thank God for giving me the energy, strength, and willpower to do this,” she says.”
She got into fitness when her sister Velvet suggested it as a way to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest bodybuilding sisters in the world.
However, Velvet died soon afterward from a brain aneurysm, and this made Ernestine depressed. She even developed high blood pressure and stopped taking proper care of her health.
However, she soon decided to continue their goal and honor the promise she gave to her sister, and eventually, she ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest bodybuilder in the world.
Her motto is: ‘Never give up.’ She also adds:
“I’ve had so many things to happen to me and for me. My husband and son back me up 100 percent. Without them, I don’t know what I would do. Everything I have wanted to do, they have been right there.”
She recently turned 82 years!
She started exercising when she was 56!