RIP Fitness Guru, Jack LaLanne
The man who inspired us all to trim down and pump up for decades has passed away at the ripe old age of 96.
Jack LaLanne was the son of poor french immigrants and referred to himself as a “sugar addict” when he was a child. He credited his interest in health and fitness with transforming his teenage years and he spent the next 80+ years transforming others’ lives too. Jack LaLanne took exercise out of the gym and into the living room with simple, non-equipment routines. He also began his own chain of fitness studios where he encouraged men and women alike to build muscle mass- before it was socially accepted. Mr. LaLanne said “The only way you can hurt the body is not use it… Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.” Those of us from the younger generation might remember him teaching the benefits of raw fruit and vegetables with his machine called Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer and may have even watched as he swam Long Beach harbor with his hands and feet shackled to a boat. Incidentally, he was 60 years old at the time.
Jack LaLanne was truly a leader by example. Let us all be moved by Mr. LaLanne’s story to improve our own eating and living habits. “It’s a lifestyle, it’s something you do the rest of your life,” LaLanne said. “How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it.”
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