Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder according to the
Guinness Book Of World Records, says that “if there was ever an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise.” You would think Shepherd was a lifetime athlete looking at her impeccable frame. But nothing could be further from the truth. The 75-year-old mother and grandmother from Baltimore, Maryland told The BBC she was not very athletic at all as a younger woman and didn’t start exercising regularly until she was 56-years-old.
When she was working a secretary in the Baltimore school system some 20 years ago after 30 years with AT&T, the gym was not part of her schedule. “I was too prissy to exercise,” she told ABC News in 2010. “I just didn’t want to have my hair messed up. Didn’t want my fingernails broken.”
What prompted her to start hitting the gym, you might ask?
“My sister and I were invited to a picnic. We were told we could wear bathing suits. Boy, we didn’t like how we looked. So we decided we would start exercising,” Shepherd told The BBC. So they began working out regularly and loved it.