~* Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd, 72 *~
By Ericka Blount Danois - Special to The Sun February 3, 2008
On this rainy day, only the resolute are in Energy Fitness Center on Liberty Road in Randallstown , getting in their evening workout.
In the corner of the gym, Ernestine Shepherd is quietly training a petite client, Cynthia Evans, who weighs 110 pounds and is 4 foot 11 inches tall. They are working on their rear delts, lifting 5-pound weights and stretching their arms into a ‘T’ before they move on to the 30-poundweights.
It would all seem pretty dreary — the rain, the routine of weightlifting — if it weren’t for the fact that Shepherd, at age 71, is so dazzling to watch. Wearing red sweat pants, a red-and-white sports bra and a baseball cap that reads, ‘Determined, dedicated, disciplined to be fit,’ she is a unique figure in the world of fitness.
Shepherd’s attitude lends credence to the adage ‘age ain’t nothing but a number.’ Five days a week, she trains women of all ages — three days at Energy gym and two days at her church, Union Memorial United Methodist Church , 2500 Harlem Ave. , where she has a class of 25.
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