75-year-old bodybuilder, will make you feel lazy
16, June, The Inquisitr
A 75-year-old year grandmother from Maryland is proving that it's
truly never too late to get in shape.Ernestine Shepherd of Baltimore
kicks each day off with a 10-mile jog at 2:30am before hitting the gym
to train clients and maintain her chiseled body.
"Age ain't nothing but a number," Shepherd told AOL Weird News, at
BookExpo America 2011 in New York City's Jacob K Javits Centre earlier
this year. "I feel younger now than I did 20 years ago."Officially the
world's oldest bodybuilder, Ernestine, or "Miss Ernie", as she is known
in the world of competitive bodybuilding, began weight training at the
tender age of 71, according to BBC News.
"If there was ever an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise," the
buff granny explained, adding that her true calling in life is helping
others to follow a more healthy diet and lifestyle. HuffPo reports that
Mrs. Shepherd's 1,700-calorie daily diet consists of egg whites in the
morning, vegetables, chicken and brown rice
She claims that this regime has helped her with depression, high
blood pressure, panic attacks, and acid reflux all of which she suffered
from in her mid 50s.
As for her workouts, the 75-year-old usually mixes it up with
pushups, pull-ups and a heavy regimen of free weights, all to the
amazement of her 80 year old husband of 54 years, her 53-year-old son,
and her 14-year-old grandson.
And while Miss Ernie's ability to lift weights at the age of 75 is
truly impressive, her trainer, a 57-year-old former Mr Universe who won
a 1995 gold medal at the Pan American Games, said the reason for her
achievements go beyond hard work alone."It's a combination of commitment
and genetic gifts," Yohnnie Shambourger says.