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The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

Naturally Temi

BGH Live! Talking Beauty with Miss USA 2016 & @NaturallyTemi

Every good talk show needs a beauty segment and it was no different for BGH Live! We chatted with Deshauna Barber about what it's really like being a pageant queen, what's next, and of course, her beauty secrets! We also got a quick natural hair demo from the natural hair guru Temitope Adesina to keep our crown on point, even when we're working out! Beauty and health go hand in hand so of course we were more than excited to chat it up with a pageant queen and a natural hair guru! Deshauna sat down and shared what life was like being Miss USA and a member of the army reserves. From having her life and schedule taken over by her manager to carving out time...

BGH Live! A Conversation with Ernestine Shepherd

Coming out to the Rocky theme song and letting us know the champ was here, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd arrived to chat with us and give us the real deal behind how she keeps herself fit and in shape—including her insane morning routine! At 80 years young, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd came to KICKSTART and BGH Live! to play. Dressed to the T and with a ton of energy, she gave us the scoop on the morning routine of all morning routines. Ready for this one? She wakes up every morning at 2:30am—yup we were like whaattt too. She starts her morning with devotionals and meditation to get her mind in a positive space. After that, it’s an easy breakfast of liquid egg whites and she’s off for a 2...

BGH Live! Making Better Food Choices & Socanomics

To kick off BGH Live! we’re chatting with a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor to get the best of both of worlds to learn how to optimize our gut health. And because a good diet goes hand in hand with a good fitness routine, we had to include a Socanomics dance break! To start us off right, Dr. Robinson schooled us on what exactly gut health is and why is it so important. To keep it simple: Gut health is thinking about the diseases that affect your gut like diabetes and making better food choices. The best way to do this is by eating foods that are good for gut and avoiding those that aren’t. Ready to know which is which? AVOID LIST: High cholesterol, high...

Working Out at KICKSTART: Pound, Zoombalicious, & Spin

We've been talking about it for months but the day has arrived! KICKSTART, our health & wellness expo empowering minority women to take charge of their health is going down today! If you aren't able to join us, don't worry we'll be documenting it all here and on our social media accounts! When it comes to the conversation surrounding health & wellness, fitness plays a huge role. With this in mind, at KICKSTART we have multiple workouts and fitness sessions to kickoff the expo. And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions. We're talking about workouts they get you up, get you moving, and get you sweating with some of the best experts in the industry. Walking down halls dancing to the music coming out of each workshop alone...

Hyleas Fountain

Go the Distance with Your Health like Olympic Medalist Hyleas Fountain

Our #wcw this week is Olympic medalist, Hyleas Fountain. Known as one of the most talented heptathletes in the country, Fountain knows a thing or two about going the distance. And, even though most of us aren't training to compete in Olympic events, we all can relate to the challenges that come along when you're in the race to take charge of your health. With a track record that includes accolades the likes of Hyleas Fountain, being healthy is just a part of life. But, for the rest of us, in order to go the distance that staying fit, eating well, and taking care of our bodies requires, we have to be intentional. And, according to Fountain, it all starts with approaching being healthy as a...

Selena Watkins

Move Your Body in Shape with Selena Watkins

This week our #wcw is the gorgeous Selena Watkins. Creator of the caribbean inspired dance fitness program Socanomics, SoulCycle instructor, and Women's Health Next Fitness Star. Get to know about her and how she uses movement--and dance in particular--to stay fit and in shape. Fitness workouts inspired by dance aren't anything new. But for Selena Watkins, her passion for movement, caribbean flavor, and a career in dance that spans over a decade, she was able to carve a space in the dance fitness space that changed the game. From Selena's dance choreography to her love for fitness, it's all rooted in her belief in movement. In order to succeed in life, she believes we must all be active participants. And the "active" part is literally infused into...

Ernestine Shepherd

Body Builder Ernestine Shepherd’s Amazing Transformation

This week's #wcw is competitive body builder, model, and personal trainer Ernestine Shepherd. At 79 years old she is slaying stages and competitions with her body building skills and perfectly sculpted body. But, would you believe us if we told you, she wasn't always this way? We're sharing the story of this world record holder and all around diva, along with a few tips on how you can begin your body transformation as well. Ms. Ernestine Shepherd wasn't always into to athletics. To be honest, she was a certified girly girl. At the age of 56, however, things changed. The loss of her sister drew her closer to an activity they had started together (going to the gym) and from there Shepherd began to transform her...

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Breaking Boundaries with Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Almost a year ago at the Miss USA 2016 pageant, it was announced that "District of Columbia!" was be to crowned the next Miss USA. That beauty queen was Deshauna Barber, an African American woman who broke countless boundaries with her flawless performance and now, legendary win. Here's everything you should know about our #wcw, KICKSTART special guest, and beauty queen Deshauna Barber. 5 Things You Should Know about Miss USA Deshauna Barber She is a member of the Army Reserves. Yes, you heard that right. This Miss USA is the first to hold the title while being an active member of the military. She credits her disciplined upbringing to helpi her excel both in the military AND in the pageantry world. Training, research, and holding...