Determined, Dedicated and Disciplined to Be Fit


Ernestine Shepherd

73 Year Old Diva Bodybuilder Breaks World Record Inspires Women Around the Country

We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” Jesse Owens

From one champion to another — these are the words by which Ernestine Shepherd lives her life.

A champion herself, Shepherd has shocked the world with her resilience and determination to become a bodybuilder. She is known as the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. At age 73, Shepherd has earned a placed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Shepherd who picked up her first barbell at the age of 56 is now helping senior women, including her church members get into shape. She is a trainer as well as a bodybuilder and has confidently competed with women half her age. With the support of her husband, family members and friends, there’s no telling how far she will go.

She clearly remembers many years ago when she and her sister Velvet exercised together almost daily. They were a team and they were going to conquer the world through exercise and bodybuilding. Shepherd had a very close relationship with her sister. “We wanted to show the world that two older sisters could be fit,” says Shepherd about herself and her sister.

After complaining about headaches, unexpectedly Velvet died of an aneurysm. That moment had a profound effect on Shepherd who abandoned her workout routine for several months. She lost faith but eventually regained it through the help of her trainer.

She is a role model for women around the country. Running 70 plus miles every week in addition to her weightlifting regime has inspired women of all ages to get into shape.

Though her sister is no longer with her, today Shepherd is living the dream for both of them.


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