Step it up folks, the oldest bodybuilder is 80 years old this year !
Ernestine Shepherd started exercising at the age of 56, and instantly knew she’d found her new calling in life.
This 80-year-old grandmother has put fellow bodybuilding competitors to shame by scooping the title for the most incredible muscles.
Now the female bodybuilder has celebrated her 80th birthday and has no plans on slowing down when it comes to keeping fit.
Previously named the world’s oldest bodybuilder by the Guinness World Records in 2010 and 2011, Ernestine is so committed to her fitness program that she gets up at 3am every morning.
The super-fit grandma from Baltimore, follows a strict exercise regime of running, weight-lifting and eating healthy and says she has the full support from husband of 52 years, Collin – who even helps her prepare healthy meals.
After spending years getting herself in incredible shape, Ernestine now dedicates much of her time to helping others as a personal trainer .
The get-up-and-go grandma said she was spurred on to get fit after going bikini shopping with her sister and ending up in fits of giggles at how out of shape they were.
When the sisters decided to get into better shape, Ernestine was inspired even more so after watching the Rocky Films, and said Sylvester Stallone is her inspiration.
On her website, she said: “Sylvester Stallone is my man and I would love to meet him one day.”
Ernestine runs 80 miles a week on average, and spends four days training for marathons.
This dedicated grandmother has no plans on slowing down, saying she feels healthier and happier than ever.
Ernestine is currently being trained by former Mr Universe Yohnnie Shambourger.
However, Ernestine does rely on a few “legal steroid supplements” for her bodybuilding and she believes in going as natural as possible, doing it safely and ethically.
She’s on a strict diet even at her age, bench pressing 150 lbs and eats 1,700 calories a day. She mostly eats: boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg white and plenty of water!
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