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Remembering Jack LaLanne

Updated on January 28, 2011

Remembering Jack LaLanne

On January 23, 2011 a hero passed away. The man that has been most recently known for the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, had dedicated most of his 96 years of life to promoting healthy lifestyles in America. Though many would argue that America is not even close to being a fit nation, the work he did in his lifetime has changed the lives of countless people all around the world both directly and indirectly.

"Father of Modern Fitness

Jack LaLanne started a trend back in the 1930s that has become a phenomenon every since. In 1936, he opened America's first health club and used it to promote exercise and healthy diets. Though he spent over 70 years promoting health, he admitted that he was addicted to junk food and blamed that addiction for poor attitudes and getting into trouble. When he was 15 his mother took him to see Paul Bragg, who's daughter Patricia is still promoting health at the age of 81. He said that what Mr. Bragg spoke of changed his life and began his passion.

Jack promoted weight lifting at a time when it wasn't very popular, especially for women and helped to pioneer it into the popularity that it has today. He began his television career in 1951 with "The Jack LaLanne Show" and used his program to promote healthy living to others. His show sparked change in the lives of many homemakers and he used things such as chairs to teach exercises.

Back before Richard Simmons, Taebo, P90x, and so forth, he sparked an interest in fitness. He would stress how important fitness was to the strength of our nation and a nation is only as strong as its people. He has had a tremendous impact on the way people view fitness, rather they participate in it or not.

Jack LaLanne's Legacy

Jack LaLanne is someone who'll truely be missed by his family, friends, and those of us who knew him through his celebrity status. He called the people viewing his show students, which gave the Jack LaLanne show more of an interactive feel than most of what is on television.

At the age of 94, he said "I can't die, it would hurt my image", which was characteristic of his passion for living. He worked out 2 hours a day, even up to his final years, which is an encouragement to everyone out there, that exercise has no age limit. The foundation he set inspires myself and many others in the realm of fitness to continually promote exercise as part of healthy living.

Despite criticism after he opened his first gym in 1936, he continued to promote fitness and despite the lack of physical activity we have today, it would be so much worse had he given up after adversity. His legacy will be one of changing lives and making people healthier. One of Jack's last quotes was "You have to work at living, dying is easy. Living you have to exercise; exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together you have a kingdom."


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    • fit2day profile image

      fit2day 6 years ago

      I like watching the old episodes of the show he had, because his stuff is very easy to follow and he taught very effectively.

    • Kris Heeter profile image

      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Jack was definitely an inspiration to all. A fitness industry magazine did a great article on him when he was 94 or 95 and he still looked amazing.

    • David 470 profile image

      David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Great article. I was disappointed when Jack Lalane died. I actually just found out who Jack Lalane was back in 09 or so. Looked up some of his old videos and stuff. I imagine a lot of young people nowadays do not know who he is. He was ahead of his time from what I have seen.

      America is always mocked by other countries because of obesity. However, I feel like our body types are never addressed...

      Some people don't have to eat that much and can still gain fat because they have an endomorph body type. It seems commercials on TV do not point out that everyone's body is different and needs to eat according to what body type they have.

      Jack Lalane almost reached 100. I thought he was going to make it at the rate he was going. Nonetheless, that's still amazing!