Octogenarian bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd is a testament to the adage that age is just a number. At 82, Shepherd has the bikini body that many women half her age could envy, and it's all due to a healthy diet and daily workouts.
Amazingly, Ernestine didn't start lifting weights until she was 56-years-old, when she and her sister both got fed up with how dowdy and flabby they looked in their swimsuits.
"This exercising and training started as result of vanity," Shepherd told the Chicago Tribune. "My sister Velvet was 57 at the time, and I was 56. I lost her not long after to a brain aneurysm, and I vowed to keep the promise I made over 25 years ago to continue this journey as long as I have the strength."
After picking up her first set of weights at 56, Ernestine began competing professionally, and made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for being the world's oldest performing female bodybuilder.
Shepherd has cut back on competing, but still teaches fitness classes at a local gym and works out every day.
"I have the words, 'Determined, Dedicated, and Discipline to be fit' and that encompasses everything I do. If you use your mind and follow the three Ds, you can't fail."