Inspired at age 56 to shift her focus to her health and fitness at by her sister, Ernestine Shepherd is now inspiring other women all over the world to do the same.
Born in 1936, in 2010 she achieved her and her late sister's dream of being declared the World's Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Yet for Ernestine the value of leading such a healthy and disciplined lifestyle is more than a title. "No high blood pressure medicine. No medicine for panic attacks. No medicine for acid reflux. By me out running and walking, the depression and anxiety just left me."
Now, she shares her expertise and knowledge at her exercise class with her peers. For the attendees, attending these classes with Shepherd is about more than exercise. “It's deeper than just coming to this class and working out, its deeper. She made me want to live again, mentally. The spirit of this woman grabbed me back” says class member Naija Brown, age 68.
Shepherd herself encourages exercise in any shape or form. "Not everybody wants to be a bodybuilder. Not everybody wants to be a runner," she explains. "But find what you like to do. I say to my senior ladies -- and the men -- 'Don't forget: Age is nothing but a number and you can get fit.'"