The 78 Year Old Body Builder

Updated: Mar 3, 2019



Ernestine Shepherd is 78 years old and in 2010 was declared the World’s Oldest Performing Body Builder. Today Shepherd can be seen sporting a flat stomach, toned arms, and exceptional health. Unfortunately, it wasn’t always this way. Many, many years ago Shepherd and her sister, Mildred, were trying on swimsuits at a store. Not liking what they saw, they both decided to get in shape together. This idea never came to fruition until Shepherd was 56 years old, when her sister Mildred died.

After Mildred’s death, Shepherd found herself overweight with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, panic attacks, acid reflux, and even depression. Her life in shambles, Sheph