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This grandmother is a bodybuilder

She's 74 years old and is the oldest female bodybuilding in the world
June 13, 2011
By: AsiaOne
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This grandmother is a bodybuilder

BALTIMORE, USA - NOT every grandmother can boast about running marathons and entering bodybuilding contests.

A 74-year-old woman living in Baltimore was recognised as the oldest female bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Daily Mail reported.

Ernestine Shepherd has "six-pack" abs which look unbelievable at her age and tries to motivate other people to lead healthy lives as she teaches at a Baltimore fitness center. 

"If you are going to try to motivate people, you have to live that part," said Shepherd, who has kept a strict workout schedule and diet for 18 years.

She wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning to meditate and runs 16 km in a local park before lunch. She shuns sweets and keeps a strict diet of brown rice, chicken breasts, vegetables and a glass of raw egg whites three times a day.

She lives with her husband of 54 years and has a son, 53, and grandson, 14.

At her age, Shepherd still does some modelling and even conducts fitness classes for senior citizens.

She said in an interview with the Washington Post that she was a "couch potato" until she was 56. When her older sister suddenly passed away from an aneurysm, she remembered a promise she made - to push herself and become a competitive bodybuilder.

Since then, she has run nine marathons and won two bodybuilding contests.

"Age is nothing but a number," she said.



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