Jack LaLanne

by Evelyn from Las Vegas

"Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together and you have a kingdom!"
JACK LALANNE (From Jack LaLannes official website)
JACK LALANNE (From Jack LaLannes official website)

Known as “The Godfather of Fitness, Jack LaLanne is an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, celebrity, lecturer, and motivational speaker. Being a chiropractor and bodybuilder he has gained universal acknowledgment for his success, and for his unbelievable and tremendous acts of strength and endurance. He inspires others and myself to live a healthy lifestyle, and he is one of my hero’s. Born September 26, 1914 in San Francisco, CA his childhood days became a sugar and junk food spree. At the age of 15 he soon realized he had to change his eating and exercise habits after being motivated by an influential speaker, Paul Bragg. In 1936 he opened his own health spa encouraging others to be fit and healthy. He soon invented the world's first leg extension machines used widely through the fitness industry today.

Jack LaLanne also had a show that aired more than thirty years to promote men and women to get their daily exercise. He was also the first person to inspire women to use weights when working out. Now having Jack LaLanne shows aired live over the internet he is still going strong and healthy in his nineties. When he first turned seventy he wanted to prove to people he was still in shape, so he swam 1.5 miles with his hands handcuffed behind his back and his feet shackled while towing 70 boats and 70 people. In 1956 he made a world record of 1,033 push ups in 23 minutes. In 1954 he made another world record swimming the length of the Golden Gate Bridge under water while carrying 140 pounds of equipment at the age of forty. He is truly a super hero.

Jack and Elaine LaLanne (Jack LaLanne's official website)
Jack and Elaine LaLanne (Jack LaLanne's official website)

Jack LaLanne's mission is simple, to help others help themselves feel better, look vigorous, and have an extended lifespan. As a proficient on exercise and nutrition, Jack promotes living long through healthy lifestyle habits, by helping people to heal themselves. Jack has motivated millions of people nationwide throughout his seventy-year career to ameliorate their lives by improving their health. Jack LaLanne is a true life saver in a beneficial way.

LaLanne believes you have to have goals and challenges in life and commonly says, "anything in life is possible if you make it happen" ...And he knows you can!

Jack and Elaine LaLanne ( Jack LaLanne's official website)
Jack and Elaine LaLanne ( Jack LaLanne's official website)

Inspiring me everyday, from record breakers to living a healthy lifestyle, he will always be my hero for actuating others to live a healthy and productive life.

Page created on 4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 4/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

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