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With her mantra of "determination, dedication and discipline" Ernestine Shepherd proves there's no age limit to success
By
Bianca Soldani

21 Jun 2016 - 4:41 PM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2016 - 4:41 PM

Ernestine Shepherd takes her training seriously. She’s up at 2.30 each morning and starts her day with ten scrambled egg whites and a run.

What’s different about this fitness guru however, is that she’s a grandmother who has just turned 80.

Ernestine, who hails from Balitmore in the US, used to work as a model but at 56-years-old, turned her attention to the gym.

Alongside her sister, Ernestine started weight training, an activity which soon turned to body sculpting and the dream of being the oldest siblings to compete in a bodybuilding competition.

Sadly Ernestine’s sister suffered a brain aneurism and passed away before she could reach the stage, but in 2010, the mother-of-one made her way into the Guinness Book of World Records alone as the oldest female bodybuilder.

Six years later and Ernestine still sticks to a daily diet of 7,140 kilojoules which she balances out by running 16 kilometres and bench pressing 68 kilos a day.

She also hosts regular exercise classes within her community and has published a book titled with her mantra, "determined, dedicated and disciplined to be fit". But despite celebrating her 80th birthday this month, it doesn’t seem as though this grandmother is ready to slow down and she still hopes to meet Michelle Obama one day.