You'll NEVER Guess How Old This Female Bodybuilder Is!

June 28, 2016

This is Ernestine Shepherd, the world's oldest female bodybuilder. At 80 years young, she is definitely in better shape than you.

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

Her key to a happy and healthy life?

"Exercise keeps me happy and alive, so it's just another day, that's all. I tell everybody that age is nothing but a number. And if there ever was an anti-aging pill, it would have to be exercise. My whole life has changed. It has changed for the better."

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

The nine-time bodybuilding competitor wakes up at 2:30 am every morning to train. But she hasn't been training her whole life, she didn't start until she was 56 years old. Before that, she rarely exercised.

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

Shepherd credits her sister for the reason she started to hit the gym.

"She said, 'What we are going to do, is we are going to become bodybuilders.' 'What?' I said. 'Yes, we are going to become bodybuilders.' "

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

The rest was history.

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

"I've won a large number of trophies. It's just been wonderful, it's been a joy, it's made me very very happy,. And from doing these things, I've inspired others to start working out and compete in bodybuilding shows, or whatever they see fit that they want to do."

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

"I get letters, cards. Every day I hear something from someone, and it's just wonderful, because all I want to do is try to motivate and help others have a healthly, happy, confident lifestyle."

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

80 year old woman bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd

I guess age really is just a number.

(h/t) distractify

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