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Age is No Barrier to Success: Meet the Bodybuilding Pensioners Defying Age Barriers

Ernestine Sheperd is the world’s oldest living female bodybuilder, proving that age is just a number. At 86 years old, this inspiring bodybuilder has defied age barriers and achieved success in the sport.[0] Shephard started working out and focusing on her health 30 years ago, at age 56.[1] After years of hard work, dedication and a rigorous training plan, she went on to compete and was eventually named the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder by Guinness World Records in 2010 and 2011.

The pensioner’s strict diet and intense gym routine have helped her stay disciplined, allowing her to maintain an impressive physique.[2] Ernestine’s strength has continued to build, and she can bench-press 115lb weights at the age of 86. Additionally, she can bench press 50kg and still runs marathons. She believes that age has no bearing on physical ability and insists that others can start their fitness journey with a simple walk.[1]

Although Ernestine isn’t the only elderly bodybuilder. Ted Peacock is an 81-year-old bodybuilding enthusiast from the UK. Peacock has been training for over 75 years and still finds himself goal-oriented. He has competed in numerous national contests throughout his career and won a national title in 2015. In addition to Ernestine, Renee Landers, a 71-year-old bodybuilder from Texas, also has an inspiring story.[3] She decided to challenge the present dynamics of the bodybuilding community by embarking on her journey at 69. After a year of competing, she was able to grab an esteemed position in her debut event.[4]

With age being no barrier to success, these bodybuilding pensioners have proven that it’s never too late to achieve your goals. They have proven that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

0. “I’m a bodybuilder at 81 – I’ve been competing in muscleman competitions for 60 YEARS & I don’t let anythin…” The Sun, 6 Mar. 2023,

1. “‘I’m 86 and the world’s oldest female bodybuilder – age is just a number'” Daily Star, 11 Mar. 2023,

2. “I’m in my 80s and the world’s oldest female bodybuilder – I only started when I was 56 by taking some easy…” The Scottish Sun, 10 Mar. 2023,

3. “I’m a 70-year-old bodybuilder – I’m living proof ‘older and sexy can go together’ and feel better than I di…” The US Sun, 7 Mar. 2023,

4. ““I Feel Better Than When I Was in My Twenties”: 70-Year-Old Bodybuilder Shared Her Inspirational Story of Rising Above Body Dysmorphia, in 2022” EssentiallySports, 5 Mar. 2023,

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