Meet the oldest bodybuilder in female bodybuilding! 80 year old women that started working out and became a bodybuilder

80 year old woman bodybuilder spirit

Ernestine is 80 year old women bodybuilder that has given hear life for fitness and bodybuilding. Ernestine Shepherd is an 80 year old woman bodybuilder that every morning wakes up at 2.30 am makes a 10-mile walk and then heads to the gym at 7.30 am. In the gym, she trains like a bodybuilder and lead exercise classes until 11.30 am. She is the oldest female bodybuilder.

80 year old women bodybuilder is the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder that made success in fitness

Ernestine the 80 year old women bodybuilder was crowned the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder in 2011 by the Guinness book of world records. She has washboard abs, impressive biceps and lives on three to four hours sleep ever night. Spurred into fitness with her sister Velvet at the age of 56. She previously had never done any bodybuilder exercise. Having been exempt from school physical education lessons as a child because of an injury she sustained in a car accident.

The motivation that helped the 80 year old women bodybuilder become famous in the fitness history

The Independent spoke to a snowed-in Ernie on the east coast of the US on the phone. Before connecting with her they heard the theme song from Rocky blared down the line for a minute or so.

“When you call my phone, you hear Sylvester Stallone’s music because I was inspired for fitness by his movie… and how he had to get his life back together and how he drank the egg whites and I drink egg whites now because of Rocky,” she explains.

After finishing her astounding fitness meal plans for the day, she tends to turn into bed at 10 pm although “sometimes I’m up until 11” leaving just a mere three and a half hours before she wakes up and kick-starts her day all over again.

“I find that is enough sleep for me. I don’t take naps. I’m so happy to do what I do and I thank God for giving me the energy, strength, and willpower to do this,” she says. What did it make a 56-year-old high school receptionist enter the world of health, fitness and competitive body-building? It started with a moment many of us can relate to becoming scared of wearing a swimsuit at an upcoming event.

The fitness training might change your life and you may become a bodybuilder like the 80 year old women bodybuilder

Ernie and Velvet decided to head to the gym to get into fitness. Despite noticing an instant transformation, Ernie was not immediately hooked (“The myth was if you did weights as women you would end up looking like a man so I didn’t want to do it”) it was her sister who took to the more competitive side of fitness soon entering competitions and motivational speaking.

Despite being put off by this at first, Ernie later joined forces with her sister and the two would work out together in matching workout clothes in different colors.