It is indeed a sad day. This especially in the world of fitness and health as it has suffered a great loss. A loss so great because the individual was so extraordinary he may have very well single-handedly shaped the world of health and well-being.
Jack Lalanne the true Father-Of-Fitness (born on September 26 1914), passed away on 23rd of January 2011.
He was 96 when he passed and yet he died not from age-related reasons. He died from complications which arose from his battle with pneumonia which he unfortunately lost.
I can’t help but to feel sad upon hearing the news of his passing. It was only a couple of months ago that I was viewing some of his exercise videos on YouTube.
At the same time, I feel inspired as I would want to be just as healthy and looking as great when I approach 90. Jack Lalanne was a main enjoying a very fulfilling life and because of his fitness he continued enjoying it for a long, long time.
The Early Years
Jack Lalanne has been spearheading and highlighting the importance of fitness and health and continue to stayed devoted to it for the vast majority of his life.
He started lifting weights and believed in proper nutrition way before it became a trend or well-understood by the masses.
In an era where athletes avoided bulking up and lifting weights were taboo for women, Jack continued pressing on in what he believed in. Even doctors during that time were against Mr.Lalanne as they strongly advised him against weight training.
They told him it will result in heart attacks or a severely diminished sex drive. (OH, how little doctors knew then, but Jack knew better and proved them wrong he did!)
Like many other success stories, Jack came a long to being the fitness guru he is today. When he was very young, he was a sickly, skinny and pimply young lad who was hopelessly addicted to junk food and sugar.
He turned it all away and vowed to change his physical state for the better after listening to a talk on nutrition and health.
Jack Lalanne was certainly a man who practiced what he preached and he continued staying fit and healthy well into his 90s.
In fact, Jack had a knack for showing off how fit he was as a means to prove how being fit and healthy can benefit anyone and everyone. He would perform amazing “feats of strength” or stunts during his birthdays.
Some of his feats of strength were :
- When he was 42 (in 1956) Jack set a record of performing 1,033 push-ups in the time of just 23 minutes!
- When he was 60 years old he swam from Alcatraz Island all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. As it wasn’t enough he was towing a 1,000-pound boat (450kg That’s nearly HALF-A-TON!) all the time he was handcuffed and shackled. How was that for a FEAT!
- In the following year he swam the ENTIRE LENGTH of the Golden Gate Bridge UNDERWATER and again towed a 1,000-pound boat.
In between those time period he performed many more amazing feats but the ones listed here were what amazed me the most.
Here are some quotes which Jack Lalanne made which I find to be very interesting and thought that I might share with you. Even though he is now gone but his legacy and inspiration still lives on.
“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late”
“It’s a lifestyle, it’s something you do the rest of your life,”
“I care more than you cannot believe how much I care! I want to help somebody!” “Jesus, when he was on Earth, he was out there helping people, right? Why did he perform those miracles? To call attention to his profession. Why do you think I do these incredible feats? To call attention to my profession!”
“Nobody could,” “No one even wanted to try.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger commenting on Lalanne’s challenge to see who could rival him in the numbers of chin-ups and push-ups on Muscle Beach in 1960
“‘Jack, you are a walking garbage can’ ” – Nutritionist Paul Bragg on asking what Jack Lalanne had for breakfast that morning when he was just 15 years old. That day marked the turning point of Jack’s life.
“Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips”
“If man made it don’t eat it, and if it tastes good, spit it out.” – on his rules when it comes to nutrition
“Yes, I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.” - Jack commenting on exercise in his later years
Man Of Many Muscles…And Endeavors
In addition to his appearing on his own show on television ( The Jack Lalannne Show was one the longest running syndicated exercise-oriented show on television), Jack did a variety of side businesses.
One of his most successful endeavors was his versions of the juicing machine. Namely “Juice Tiger” and the more popular Jack Lalanne’s Power Juicer. He has also written and published many books during his time.
His latest book was published in conjunction with the celebration of his 95th birthday which was appropriately titled “Live Young Forever”.
To Jack Lalanne – My salute goes out to the MAN who MADE the physically IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE.
You will be dearly missed.