It won’t be an understatement to say Ernestine Shepherd is in a better condition than most people. the 81 years old body builder lives by the word “determined, dedicated and disciplined” to stay in the best health condition.
Ernestine work out everyday but this was not always the case.
“Earlier in life, I really did not think too much about eating correctly nor exercising, but as time when on my mind changed completely” she says
One day Shepherd went out shopping with her sister, Mildred Blackwell. Shepherd tried a swimsuit. she says she didn’t like how it fits her. She says both women realize they were out of shape.
Blackwell suggested the sisters take a fitness class and get in shape. So at the age of 56 , along with her sister, Shepherd started exercising.
She says her sister inspired her to do more than just an exercise.
“My sister was an instrumental in getting me started to lift weight and to try to become a body builder”
Then in 1992, Blackwell died of brain aneurysm, Ernestine says the loss deepen her commitment to good health. She promised to continue training as a bodybuilder to honour her sister.