Monday, January 24, 2011

RIP: Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne, whose obsession with grueling workouts and good nutrition, complemented by a salesman’s gift, brought him recognition as the founder of the modern physical fitness movement, died Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay, Calif. He was 96.

The cause was respiratory failure resulting from pneumonia, said his son Dan Doyle.

A self-described emotional and physical wreck while growing up in the San Francisco area, Mr. LaLanne began turning his life around, as he often told it, after hearing a talk on proper diet when he was 15.

He started working out with weights when they were an oddity, and in 1936 he opened the prototype for the fitness spas to come — a gym, juice bar and health food store — in an old office building in Oakland.

“People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,” he remembered. “The doctors were against me — they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive.” But Mr. LaLanne persevered, and he found a national pulpit in the age of television.

“The Jack LaLanne Show” made its debut in 1951 as a local program in the San Francisco area, then went nationwide on daytime television in 1959. His short-sleeved jumpsuit showing off his impressive biceps, his props often limited to a broomstick, a chair and a rubber cord, Mr. LaLanne pranced through his exercise routines, most notably his fingertip push-ups.
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Garry said...

He was the king! He definitely lived a fruitful life. May he rest in peace.....

bob said...

Several of his lines occur to me. First "Only God can make a machine that wears out if you don't use it".
Next, about age and exercise. He said people tell me "Jack, I'm over 40, I got pains.." He said, show me someone over 40 who says he hasn't got pains, he's a liar. No excuse not to exercise.
He also said "I never lay in bad at 5:00 in the morning and heard a voice say 'Jack, this is Jesus. You stay in bed, I'll exercise for you'."
He was the real thing. No nonsense. Enthusiastic as could be.

Visibilium said...

Eternal Memory!