Baltimore native Ernestine Shepherd, is the Guiness Book of World records oldest competitive female body builder holder for 2010 and 2011. At the age of 75, Sheperd wakes up at 3 a.m. every day to meditate, and then clocks up runs totaling 10 miles before lunch.
She, along with 11 other post 50s, was honored for having one of the Most Beautiful Minds in America earlier this year by the National Center for Creative Aging and supplement maker life’sDHA.
She wasn’t always the toned woman we see today. Shepherd took control of her body more than 20 years ago after experiencing a situation many women can relate to.
“I was getting ready for a picnic with my sister Mildred, and we were trying on swimsuits, and we were not happy. So we did something about it.”
Since she’s made that decision to take care of her health. “I plan to keep doing bodybuilding shows,” the World Record holder said. “There’s no reason you can’t be 80, and strutting your stuff.”