Ernestine Shepherd, at one time the oldest competitive female body-builder, titles which she won in 2010 and 2011, has passed 80 - and she’s still going strong.
No longer competing, she still trains in the gym 4 times per week, as well as doing cardio exercise every day - up to 80 miles per week - and it shows. You can’t really believe that she’s 80.
Interestingly, Ernestine was not always an "exercise freak". On her website she describes herself as having been a “prissy” girl with no interest in exercise. How it all changed is that having been a model in her working life, at the age of 56 and along with her sister she was trying on bathing suits - and neither of the women were happy with what they saw. So they began working out at a gym together. Shortly after, and very sadly, her sister died, but after a period being devasted by her loss, in memory of her sister she returned to the gym to continue their joint ambition on her own. From there she went on to win two world bodybuilding titles including the one at which she was officially named as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world by Guinness Book of World Records.
Her diet is pretty strict - egg whites, chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg white drink, and only 1700 calories a day. But the payback for all that effort is not only being in great shape but also having a fully functioning body. As she says, …”being out of shape” as we age truly is merely an option - NOT a mandate!”