Ericka Blount Danois/Special to The Sun
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 daz zling to watch. Wearing red sweat pants, a red-and-whitesports 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. ~~
|Now ... if she's not an inspiration to get off your lazy asses, then nothing is.|