Ernestine Shepherd: World's Oldest Bodybuilder Says: ‘Age Is Nothing But A Number' (VIDEO)

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Ernestine Shepherd at the Guinness World Record Event
Ernestine Shepherd at the Guinness World Record Event

If there was ever an effective advert for fitness motivation, this would be it.

Meet Ernestine Shepherd - the 75-year-old bodybuilder who runs 10 miles every morning and cites exercise as her own personal anti-ageing pill.

‘Miss Ernie’, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, insists that age is ‘nothing but a number’ which she proves by getting up at 2:30am every morning to run and train in the gym.

The fit-as-a-fiddle pensioner from Maryland, US, set the record as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in 2010 to 2012, but claims she doesn't come from a family of fitness fanatics and only started training when she hit her 50s.

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"When I was younger, I was never, ever considered athletic. I was too prissy," Shepherd told the BBC.

But at age 56, my sister and I were invited to a picnic and we had to wear bathing suits and we didn't like the way we looked, so we decided to exercise.

“My sister died of a brain aneurysm in 1992, I was so sad. She came to me in a dream and she said I wasn’t doing what I said we would do. So I did it.”

Shepherd teaches a fitness class in her local church, helping women decades younger than her to keep fit and healthy. She claims her fitness mantra is simple...

“I always practice what I preach. I don't teach bodybuilding. I teach health, happiness and prosperity - that's the formula!”

Take a look at the full profile on the amazing Ernestine Shepherd here.

If this hasn't made you jump on the treadmill, check out these motivational tips on getting fit this summer...

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