BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Ernestine Shepherd, 74, of Baltimore, has been crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest competitive female bodybuilder.
Shepherd has impeccably toned "six-pack" abs that are the marvel of her Baltimore fitness center.
She trains rigorously with Yohnnie Shambourger, 57, a former Mr Universe who won the gold medal in bodybuilding at the Pan American Games in 1995, The Daily Mail reports.
Over the past 18 years, Shepherd has run nine marathons and won two bodybuilding contests.
Shepherd wakes up at 3 a.m. every day to meditate, then hits the trails in a local park to run 10 miles before lunch. She eats only plain brown rice, bland chicken breast and vegetables, washed down with a glass of raw egg whites, three times a day.
She told the Washington Post: "Age is nothing but a number."
She is a Dorothy Dandridge beauty, a knockout. Her makeup is perfect, lips painted candy red to match her workout clothes. She has thick, black eyelashes and wears her hair in a long, gray braid that swings down her superbly sculpted back.
The Shepherds live in Baltimore with their son, 53, and grandson, 14. Her husband of 54 years, Collin Shepherd, says he "has trouble keeping guys away from her."