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This 79-Year-Old Bodybuilder Will Motivate You to Get to the Gym

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Need motivation to get to the gym today or squeeze in that workout? Getting bummed about an upcoming birthday?

Meet Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd. At 79 years young she proves that age truly is just a number and that, no matter what, you can reach your dreams if you make it a priority.

At age 79 she is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she’s ever been in her life, according to a recent video and profile on HooplaHa. In March of 2010, she was given the title of World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by Guinness World Records. Check out her full inspiring story below or here — it’s pretty much the epitome of what Be-YOU-tiful Week is all about!

Ernie, you’re our shero! When we grow up, we want to be half as fit — and as amazing — as you are! —Jenn

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  1. Lena says:

    My mom went to grade school with Mrs. Shepherd. They still get together for reunion lunches. She is a true inspiration!! Mrs. Shepherd YOU GO GIRL!! Little Lena

  2. She is definitely an amazing and inspiring woman!!!