Long before Jane Fonda, the Green Goddess, Madonna or countless other fitness gurus released workout DVD’s, Jack LaLanne was there at the forefront, showing America the way. The fitness mogul and American institution was an inspiration to thousands with his enthusiasm and drive. It is a sad day for America, knowing that Jack Lalanne passed away yesterday at his home in Morro Bay, California, at the ripe old age of 96.
Jack Lalanne became a household name and was watched by generations of families. His TV spot, The Jack LaLanne Show spanned four decades between from 50s to the 80s. Jack LaLanne was a bastion of the fitness society, encouraging countless people to live healthier lives and enjoy their exercise while feeling the benefits of sustained weight loss.
Jack LaLanne continued to reach new audiences through spots on CNN and with the help of his friend Larry King, who often featured Lalanne on his show. Jack also featured as a spokesperson for health and fitness juice drinks on late night commercials (infomercials).
Jack LaLanne started out as a bodybuilder in the early 1950s, and became a ‘strongman’ putting himself through endurance and fitness tests, which he explained were only achievable because of his strict health and fitness regime. Jack LaLanne was once recorded doing over a thousand push-ups in slightly over 20 minutes.
His passing came as a result of breathing problems caused by a recent battle with pneumonia, but at 96 years of age he certainly proved that a healthy mind and body will carry you along way in life. He leaves behind his 51 year old wife, Elaine.
Larry King, issued a humbling tribute to his friend Jack Lalanne, saying: “There was no one like Jack LaLanne, he would go on forever … a true guru. I guess Charles Atlas from the old comic books would be the predecessor for Jack LaLanne.” And he added, “Elderly people were encouraged by him because he just kept on going.”
[adsense]Larry also commented that Jack Lalanne was the forefather of modern fitness experts and a true inspiration to those seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Elaine LaLanne, also paid tribute to her husband:
“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”
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