Jack LaLanne
American author, fitness trainer and businessman
Jack LaLanne
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.
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ADVERTISING; Billie Jean King Raises Arthritis Awareness - Advertising
NYTimes - over 5 years
THE Arthritis Foundation is taking a new tack with its public service advertising, introducing a hard-hitting campaign that urges people to take up exercise as a weapon against pain. The new campaign — which was developed with the Advertising Council and created by the New York office of Y&R Advertising — follows humorous ads introduced
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Yes Honey we are Throwing a Cancer Party - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
With gifts, groceries and my Jack LaLanne power juicer in hand. “What is this?” he queried, after seeing our arms full of loot. “It's a Cancer Party.” I said as I pushed past him ready to start making the romaine lettuce, carrot, apple and fennel juice
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Committed to caring in CAF: Physical fitness key component to resiliency - DVIDS
Google News - over 5 years
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The late Jack LaLanne said on a blog on his website, "Anything in life is possible, if you make it happen." The American fitness icon for more than six decades died in January at the age of 96, yet his legacy still fits
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How to Live Forever - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
What makes 94-year-old fitness legend Jack LaLanne run - and run and run? Interviewed at home a few years before his death last January, LaLanne talks to Wexler's camera like he's still doing his TV show, and he practically grabs the movie by its ears
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The Best Way to Eat Your Vegetables – Drink Them! - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Anything will do, but we bought the Jack Lalanne Juicer (about $100) and found it to everything we need. 2. Buy some fresh organic vegetables and fruits. The idea here is to take in more nutrients, so buy more than you think you could ever eat – it
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Jack LaLanne to Receive DR Icon Award - News Junky Journal
Google News - over 5 years
by admin on Aug 11, 2011 The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), the leading trade association for direct-to-consumer commerce, announced that Jack LaLanne, a long-time pioneer in the direct response marketing field, will be honored posthumously
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JOHN BOGERT: Facercise regimen keeps facial muscles toned, scares other motorists - Daily Breeze
Google News - over 5 years
The exercises demonstrably worked, exercises inspired by watching Jack LaLanne on TV as a child, and developed in the years since her first husband - this was when she was not yet 40 - casually mentioned that her good looks were fading
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To Zumba or not to Zumba? - Picayune Item
Google News - over 5 years
By Tracy Williams, Syndicated Columnist The Picayune Item In the decade I was born the fitness guru at that time was Jack Lalanne who recently died at the age of four-hundred and something; let's say he was really old. He was still working out
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Ready to Swim 103 Miles With the Sharks
NYTimes - over 5 years
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Any day now, Diana Nyad will set out to do something no athlete has ever done: swim all day and all night, then all day and all night, then all day again. She will swim about 60 hours in the churning sea, 103 miles across the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Key West. Every hour and a half, she will stop to tread water for a few
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Searching for the Secrets to Longevity - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Wexler's intriguing film interviews a gaggle of healthy old people, including my favorite, Jack LaLanne. Jack lived in good health until age 96. I admire Jack because he was always willing to defy the conventional wisdom. Starting as a teenager,
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On The Market - Curbed National
Google News - over 5 years
Think of it as shacking up with Deepak Chopra, Jack LaLanne and a team of new age doctors. The building is pretty flexible as "Plans include full-floor units starting at 4300 square feet, an 8000 square foot Townhouse triplex with a private backyard
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SPOTLIGHT: Exercise keeping octogenarians fit - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
"He's almost like the Jack LaLanne of Bloomington-Normal," Woods said, referring to the fitness expert who died recently at age 96. "I've enjoyed seeing how he's thrived over the years." Bradd is not alone as a longtime exerciser who has remained
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Review: How to Live Forever Probes Aging Science, New Age Hokum - Wired News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The obligatory smattering of famous people includes Ray Bradbury, Jack LaLanne and Suzanne Somers, who has hung up her Thighmaster in favor of hormone therapy. All are united by an interest in extreme longevity, a topic that documentarian Mark Wexler
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'Happy' and 'How to Live Forever': connected ideas - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne and director Mark Wexler in a scene from "How to Live Forever." LaLanne died in January at 96. What's more important to you, being happy or living a long life? Two films exploring those issues are opening, and it appears the
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Black drum surrenders to retired general - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"He's the Jack LaLanne of fishing," gushed DNR fisheries biologist Marty Gary. "It has to be luck," said Magruder, who received a state citation for his catch. Magruder was trolling off Gibson Island at Belvidere Shoal with his neighbor and fishing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack LaLanne
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 96
    LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home on 23 January 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 93
    In 2008, he inducted LaLanne into the California Hall of Fame and personally gave him an inscribed plaque at a special ceremony.
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    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:
    More Details Hide Details He went back to school, where he made the high school football team, and later went on to college in San Francisco where he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He studied Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body and concentrated on bodybuilding and weightlifting.
  • 2007
    Age 92
    In 2007, LaLanne was awarded The President's Council's Lifetime Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details The award is given to "individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, or sports nationwide." Winners are chosen based on the "individual's career, the estimated number of lives the individual has touched through his or her work, the legacy of the individual's work, and additional awards or honors received over the course of his or her career." Other honors LaLanne appeared as himself in the following films and television shows: Official Media and publications Interviews Miscellaneous Memorials and retrospectives
  • 1996
    Age 81
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Power Juicer is still sold in five models. LaLanne celebrated his 95th birthday with the release of a new book titled, Live Young Forever. In the book, he discussed how he maintained his health and activeness well into his advanced age. LaLanne blamed overly processed foods for many health problems. For most of his life, he advocated primarily a meat and vegetable diet; eating meat three times per day with eggs and fruit in the morning and many servings of vegetables in the afternoon and evening. For six years he was a vegetarian. In his later years, he appeared to advocate a mostly meatless diet but which included fish (see pescetarianism), and took vitamin supplements. In his television programs, he recommended the following meal plan; Breakfast: fruit, eggs and/or meat, and whole wheat toast, Lunch: Large salad, and meat/fish, Dinner: Large salad, two vegetables, meat/fowl, and fruit.
  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a daytime show, much of LaLanne's audience were stay-at-home mothers. Wife Elaine LaLanne was part of the show to demonstrate the exercises, as well as the fact that doing them would not ruin their figures or musculature. LaLanne also included his dog Happy as a way to attract children to the show. Later in the run, another dog named Walter was used, with LaLanne claiming "Walter" stood for "We All Love To Exercise Regularly." LaLanne published several books and videos on fitness and nutrition, appeared in movies, and recorded a song with Connie Haines. He marketed exercise equipment, a range of vitamin supplements, and two models of electric juicers. These include the "Juice Tiger", as seen on Amazing Discoveries with Mike Levey, and "Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 23
    LaLanne's gym ownership led to a brief professional wrestling career in 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Wrestlers were among the few athletes who embraced weight training, and they frequented his health club. LaLanne wrestled in the Bay Area for only a few months. He was well respected enough that he was booked to wrestle to a draw against some big name opponents rather than lose, despite his lack of experience. LaLanne was friendly with such performers as Lou Thesz and Strangler Lewis. LaLanne presented fitness and exercise advice on television for 34 years. The Jack LaLanne Show was the longest-running television exercise program. According to the SF Chronicle TV program archives, it first began on 28 September 1953 as a 15-minute local morning program (sandwiched between the morning news and a cooking show) on San Francisco's ABC television station, KGO-TV, with LaLanne paying for the airtime himself as a way to promote his gym and related health products. LaLanne also met his wife Elaine while she was working for the local station. In 1959, the ABC network picked up the show for nationwide broadcast, which continued until 1985.
  • 1936
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His primary goal was to encourage and motivate his clients to improve their overall health. Doctors, however, advised their patients to stay away from his health club, a business totally unheard of at the time, and warned their patients that "LaLanne was an exercise 'nut,' whose programs would make them 'muscle-bound' and cause severe medical problems." LaLanne recalls the initial reaction of doctors to his promotion of weight-lifting: LaLanne designed the first leg extension machines, pulley machines using cables, and the weight selectors that are now standard in the fitness industry. He invented the original model of what became the Smith machine. LaLanne encouraged women to lift weights (though at the time it was thought this would make women look masculine and unattractive). By the 1980s, Jack LaLanne's European Health Spas numbered more than 200. He eventually licensed all his health clubs to the Bally company, now known as Bally Total Fitness. Though not associated with any gym, LaLanne continued to lift weights until his death.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1928
    Age 13
    He grew up in Bakersfield and later moved with his family to Berkeley, circa 1928.
    More Details Hide Details His father died at the age of 58 in a San Francisco hospital, which Jack attributed to "Coronary thrombosis and cirrhosis of the liver." in his book "The Jack LaLanne Way To Vibrant Health" (p. 21, 1960 edition) LaLanne wrote that as a boy he was addicted to sugar and junk food. He had violent episodes directed against himself and others, describing himself as "a miserable goddamn kid it was like hell." Besides having a bad temper, he also suffered from headaches and bulimia, and temporarily dropped out of high school at age 14. The following year, at age 15, he heard health food pioneer Paul Bragg give a talk on health and nutrition, focusing on the "evils of meat and sugar." Bragg's message had a powerful influence on LaLanne, who then changed his life and started focusing on his diet and exercise. In his own words, he was "born again," and besides his new focus on nutrition, he began working out daily (although earlier, while serving during WWII as a Pharmacist Mate First Class at the Sun Valley Naval Convalescent Hospital, LaLanne stated that he started in bodybuilding at "age 13"---"On The Sports Front", Twin Falls (Idaho) Times News, February 25, 1944, George F. Redmond, sportswriter). Describing his change of diet, LaLanne stated:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Born
    Born on September 26, 1914.
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