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Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma

If you think you’re too old to get back into shape, think again.  Ernestine Shepherd started working out in her fifties, and then decided to pick it up in her 70s. She is the oldest competitive female body-builder in the world, clocking in at the age of 75.

She wakes up every morning at 3 am and works out for the entire day. She is a certified personal trainer as well. She is a die-hard “Rocky” fan and wants to one day meet first lady Michelle Obama to help her with her fight against obesity.

Ernestine and her sister Velvet began competitive body-building together in the late 1980s. But her sister died in 1992 from a brain aneurysm. Ernestine works out every day to keep her sister’s memory alive. Since the age of 56, she has won two body-building titles and run nine marathons. She consumes 1,700 calories per day, including boiled egg whites, chicken, and vegetables and runs 80 miles per week.

She is currently being trained by former Mr. Universe Yohannie Shambourger.

Now that you’ve seen what’s possible, when are you going to take charge of your own life?

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