Age Is Merely A Number – It’s Never Too Late To Be Great

As the Guinness World Record’s Oldest Female Body Builder, Ernestine Shepherd exemplifies taking your passion to the next level. At the spry age of 80, she isn’t slowing down one bit. Exercise is the key to her anti-aging lifestyle. Talk about motivation.

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It’s Never To Late To Decide

Ernestine wasn’t a gym rat for the majority of her life. In fact, her fitness journey didn’t begin until she was 56. It was a rocky start. Her sister wanted to get Ernestine off the couch and came up with a proposal that they would enter a fitness competition. Thinking this was absolutely crazy, yet intriguing at the same time, Mrs. Shepard rose to the challenge. “She said, ‘What are we going to do, is we are going to become bodybuilders’. ‘What?’ I said. ‘Yes, we are going to become bodybuilders,’ Shepard recalls”. Sadly, her sister passed away following the onset of this adventure, and faithful to her word, Ernestine followed through with the plan.

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Discipline & Structure

Adhering to a schedule creates the necessary environment for success. We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, but how we prioritize and choose to fill the hours, dictates our lifestyles. This woman wakes up at 2:30am! She is on the go until 10:30pm. Each meal and workout is mapped out, and as a personal trainer, her schedule consists of training clients 10am and 7pm. Balance between on the go and rest is critical, which is an area many of us struggle with. Inspiring others while upholding self-care takes making a “To Do List” and sticking to it.

4 Things It Takes To Get Fit (At Any Age)

According to Ernestine, it takes 4 things to get fit:

  1. Eat correctly
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Do some type of strength training
  4. Do some king of cardio

And once you starting exercising, she says, “It’s a whole new ball game”.

Ernestine Shepherd


Inspiration comes in all forms. Bodybuilding is a true test of self-discipline and dedication. It’s never too late to find new heights and it’s never to late to start your fitness journey. One repetition at a time, work towards becoming the best version of yourself. Our bodies are capable of change, it’s the mind that must propel the endeavor at hand.

Keep Your Promises & Take Responsibility 

Before her sister’s passing, Ernestine made the promise to her that she would follow through with their fitness goal. Accountability is challenging for many. The promises we make to ourselves are often the hardest to keep. The telling others and ourselves what we plan to do is one thing, but the DOING is what counts. Action. If the worst person we let down is ourselves, sometimes it’s easy to just keep hitting the re-set button. In other words, if the alarm goes off at 5am to hit the gym before work, and you choose to hit snooze, only YOU know that the day didn’t start as planned and only YOU know that tomorrow you will try again. Value the sanctity of a promise. Let your reflection in the mirror speak to you. Ernestine’s sister would certainly be proud watching from above.

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2 Responses

  1. Birgit Schenk

    I admire her greatly, but I can’t understand why she is supposedly onky sleeping 4 hours every night. Everbody knows how important enough sleep is – about 8 hrs a night!

  2. Mimi.

    I had a sleep study test and I only sleep 5 hours a night and they said that it was a full sleep

    However I find that if I sleep seven or eight hours I feel rejuvenated during the day.


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