Jack LaLanne

Author + Fitness Trainer and Businessman
Born Sep 26, 1914

Francois Henri "Jack" LaLanne was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes called "the godfather of fitness" and the "first fitness superhero. " He described himself as being a "sugarholic" and a "junk food junkie" until he was 15. He also had behavioral problems, but "turned his life around" after listening to a public lecture by Paul Bragg, a well-known nutrition speaker.… Read More

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1914 Birth Born on September 26, 1914.


1928 13 Years Old He grew up in Bakersfield and later moved with his family to Berkeley, circa 1928. … Read More


1936 21 Years Old In 1936, he opened the nation's first health and fitness club in Oakland, California, where he offered supervised weight and exercise training and gave nutritional advice. … Read More
1938 23 Years Old LaLanne's gym ownership led to a brief professional wrestling career in 1938. … Read More


1959 44 Years Old …  In 1959, LaLanne recorded Glamour Stretcher Time, a workout album which provided phonograph-based instruction for exercising with an elastic cord called the Glamour Stretcher. … Read More


1996 81 Years Old It was on the show that LaLanne introduced the phrase "That's the power of the juice!" However, in March 1996, 70,000 Juice Tiger juicers, 9% of its models, were recalled after 14 injury incidents were reported. … Read More
2007 92 Years Old In 2007, LaLanne was awarded The President's Council's Lifetime Achievement Award. … Read More
2008 93 Years Old 1 More Event
Writer Hal Reynolds, who interviewed LaLanne in 2008, notes that he became an avid swimmer and trained with weights, and describes his introduction to weight lifting: … Read More
2011 96 Years Old LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home on 23 January 2011.
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