Saturday, July 18, 2009
72 year old Ernestine Shepherd.
Ernestine Shepherd is a certified personal trainer and retired school secretary from South Baltimore. She describes herself as a "prissy" girl with little athletic interests who didn't start working out until she was 56. After shopping for bathing suits and not liking what she saw in the mirror, she determined to join a gym. Shepherd was in good shape, but had a lot of body fat and didn't know how to lift weights. Fast forward to now and the 5 foot 5 dynamo has become a powerhouse, weighing 130 lbs with 10% body fat. Her husband says they exercise at home and she gets on him when he's feeling lazy.
Women like Ernestine inspire me. Here is living proof that with discipline and determination it's never too late to, not only get fit, but also build an enviable physique. Yet this kind of achievement sets the bar so high. We rarely see women who can maintain such fitness in their thirties let alone their seventies, especially in these parts. Go Ernestine!