(Ernestine Shepherd) My joy
is working out, running. It makes me feel great
and I love to inspire and motivate others. I
never really get tired. My name is Ernestine Shepherd. I’m 75 years old and I
am the world’s oldest female competitive bodybuilder. I awaken every
morning at 3 o’clock. I run about 10
miles every morning. I work out at the gym for
about one hour, 45 minutes. I have my class that
I train for an hour. After that, I have other
people I train for approximately 2 hours. My church is Union Memorial
United Methodist Church. I’ve been a member there
approximately 54 years. (Ernestine) Come on Wally.
Good morning, how are you? (Wally Gumbs) This woman’s
got the body of a teenager. And I said, “That’s
unbelievable” but I’m looking and
seeing for myself. (Ernestine) How are you?
Good to see you. (Bethany Garrett-Taylor)
She doesn’t look like a grandmother at all. She can run a marathon
and my grandmother can’t. (Ernestine) Certainly nice to
see you…Nice to be here. (Cynthia Winkler) I just
think she went through a transformation, probably not
long after the death of her sister who started out with her. (Ernestine) When I was 56 years
old, and I had a sister at that time who was 57, my sister
and I went to purchase these bathing suits. When we put them on, we weren’t
pleased with how we looked. So my sister said, “You know,
we need to start exercising.” She said, “We are going to
motivate and inspire others to live a happy and
healthy lifestyle.” She kept saying to me, “You
know, if something happens to me, I want you to continue
this exercise program.” This certificate I
received in Rome, 2010. I have been so thrilled to
be in the Guinness Book of World Records for
being the oldest female
competitive bodybuilder. That has been a dream
that my sister and I had. I’ve made the second dream. I’m in Ripley’s
Believe It or Not also. Do you know, when my sister
died, everything went down. I suffered panic
attacks, depression. But I had to get
myself together. I knew I couldn’t
live like that. I had to say to myself: “Restore
to me the joy of my salvation.” And that happened. I
got my faith back. ♪ (chior) Ooohhh Yes… ♪ (Cynthia Winkler) She’s just
been somebody to really emulate for me and my life because
she didn’t start until she was in her fifties. And so when I got to my fifties,
I said, “Ooh, if Ms. Ernestine can do this maybe this
is something I can do!” (Ernestine) That is my ministry,
to motivate and inspire others about the importance of living
a fit and healthy lifestyle.