On this rainy day, only the resolute are in the Energy Fitness Center in Baltimore getting in their evening workout. In the corner of the gym, Ernestine Shepherd 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, where she has a class of 25.
"I usually start off with about 15 minutes of cardio, running in place, then we do floor exercises working on the abs, legs, upper and lower obliques, and then we proceed with the weights," she says about her training sessions, which last about an hour.
Some days, even her trainer, Raymond Day, can't keep up with her.
Though he runs with her some mornings, he is reluctant to take her up on offers to participate in the marathons she runs in. In addition to her regular workout routine and training others, Shepherd has participated in numerous 5K and 10K races and marathons.
It wasn't until she turned 56 that she began to exercise with the aid of her sister. They were both spurred on to join a gym after shopping for bathing suits and thinking they didn't like what they saw in the mirror.