74 Year Old Female Bodybuilder and Fitness Enthusiast
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74 Year Old Female Bodybuilder and Fitness Enthusiast

New York City : NY : USA | Jul 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM PDT
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Ernestine Shepard in Action

If you're looking for some inspiration to get in shape or to build up some extra muscle, look to 74 year old fitness trainer and bodybuilder, Ernestine Shepard. In the past eighteen years she has won eight marathons and still runs eighty miles a week. She currently holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest female body builder. Nowadays, Ernestine teaches fitness classes five days a week.

Her fitness craze got started when she and her sister went into a department store when she was 56 years old. They were trying on swimsuits and were a little disappointed with the way they looked in them. They then decided that they had to do something. Ernestine and her sister then started getting into aerobics. And though Ernestine's sister passed away some time ago, due to a brain aneurysm, Ernestine has continued on her journey for the last eighteen years, and look where that has gotten her!

Ernestine's message not only to seniors, but to everyone, is that age is really but a number and that it is never too late to start working for a better body and a better quality of life.

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*This video is a little out of date; it was made last year sometime before Ernestine's 73rd birthday.
Kennedy Niska-Burja is based in Virginia, Minnesota, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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