World’s Fittest Grandma Body Builder Just Celebrated Her 80th Birthday

If you sometimes feel too old to do something, then we’ve got a story for you that will prove you wrong! Ernestine Shepherd is the proof of that. She’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, and believe it or not, this iron-pumping grandma recently turned 80!

You’ve probably seen the meme circulating which shows two elderly ladies, one fit, standing up, and seemingly happy, and another who is constrained to a wheelchair, who likely takes several medications per day.

That’s actually Ernestine Shepherd, an incredibly inspiring woman who recently turned 80. Shepherd isn’t like most elder people. She’s the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder, and even holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records!

She was born on June 16th, 1936 in Baltimore. This amazing woman didn’t start exercising until she was 56 years old. In the video we’re presenting you below, she explains how she started with the help of her sister. But, after her sister passed away from a brain aneurysm, Shepherds gave up caring about her health. During that difficult period, she developed high blood pressure and decided things needed to change.


Today, she regularly wakes up at 3 a.m., runs about 80 miles (130 km) per week, and lives on a calorie-controlled diet of boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables, and lots of water. Her true secret of success is to ‘never give up.’ So, next time you think about skipping the gym, keep that statement in mind next.

Here’s a video that represents the inspirational 80 years old woman’s story:

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