Taut abs and rippling muscles aren’t exactly the stuff grandmothers are known for. But then again neither are marathons and cell phones that play the theme to “Rocky.”
At 73, Ernestine Shepherd is in better shape than most people decades her junior. Up at 3 a.m. every morning, she spends her days running, lifting weights and working out other senior citizens at the Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore. She also works as a certified personal trainer at her gym.
“I feel better than I did at 40,” she said. “I am very, very happy.”
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In less than 20 years, Shepherd has morphed from a “prissy” woman who never exercised to the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest female bodybuilder.
A die-hard “Rocky” fan — “Sylvester Stallone is my man,” she cooed — Shepherd is preparing for a body building competition this weekend.