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Archive for January 25th, 2011

A Small Tribute

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2011

It was late Sunday night (January 23, 2011), when I learned Jack LaLanne died.  I was sad.  I am often sad when celebrities die.  They often represent a lot to us, whether it be a generation of music, an idea, a movement, whatever . . . .their celebrity makes them larger than life.  I think Jack was one of those larger than life type of people.  He was amazing.  He was an inspiration.

He was a junk food junkie.  Granted he changed his ways when he was 15, still he changed.  Also, I still maintain that the “junk food” back then was a lot different then what it is today.  Today it is more full of chemicals and it is way overprocessed. 

Jack was born in San Francisco in 1914.  He opened his first gym in 1936 in Oakland.  And according to his website; he “designed the world’s first leg extension machines, pulley machines using cables, and weight selectors”.  Jack believed in fitness, whole body wellness.  He originally went to school pre-med, but then decided he wanted to help PREVENT illness instead of treat illnesses.  Our entire medical structure is based on treatment of illness.  I believe the fitness industry is based on the prevention of illness.

His ideas were so advance for what was known at the time regarding health, fitness, and entire body/mind wellness.  He felt that working out with weights was good for everyone.  He felt exercise was good for both the body and the mind.  He was a pioneer.

He also managed some amazing feats.

He swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge underwater, while he was 40 years old.  It was 1954 and he was carrying 140s of equipment. He also set a record by doing 1,033 pushups.  He did it in 23 minutes, he was 42.  He towed a 2,500 pound cabin cruiser while swimming the Golden Gate Channel when he was 43.  The SECOND time he swam the length of the Golden Gate he was towing a 1,000 pound boat AND he was handcuffed.

He also received many recognitions and awards.  Some called him to the godfather of fitness.  He was an innovator.  He was 96 when he died.  He died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia.  I would like to say, thank you to Mr. LaLanne for bringing fitness, health and the tools for wellness to so many people.

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