10. Ernestine Shepard (77)
Bodybuilder Ernestine Shepard is 77 years old.
Yes, you read it right.
Shepard started her fitness journey rather late in life. She was a pudgy, middle-aged woman in her mid-50’s who hated what she saw in the dressing room mirror as she tried on swimsuit after swimsuit. Determined to shed some pounds, she found a workout buddy in her sister. Together the ladies started slowly getting in shape with aerobics classes, but in 1992, a year into their training, Shepherd’s sister died. She vowed to continue on in her sibling’s memory.
Since then, Ernestine has won two bodybuilding titles, and has run nine marathons. Her daily regimen is not for the faint of heart – she wakes up at 2:30 a.m. and reads devotions from her Bible. Her diet consists of 1,700 calories a day, mostly from boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg white drink, and she runs about 80 miles a week; she does not take supplements.
Ernestine was named World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. She also teaches classes at her Maryland gym, Energy Fitness.