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Jack LaLanne at age 71
Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who is best known as the Father of the Modern Fitness Movement. Jack LaLanne died at age 96 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California
Jack LaLanne (who was born Francois Henri LaLanne), grew up addicted to sugary foods and junk food. He attended a seminar put on by Paul Bragg, who spoke on health and nutrition. LaLanne adopted the healthy lifestyle espoused by Paul Bragg, and turned his new passion for exercise and fitness into a business.
In 1936 LaLanne opened his own health spa in Oakland, CA, and dedicated his life to encouraging people to better themselves through exercise and fitness. LaLanne designed the world's first leg extension machines, pulley machines using cables, and weight selectors, now a standard in the fitness industry. He eventually licensed all his health clubs to the Bally company, now known as Bally Total Fitness. He was no longer associated with any gym but still lifted weights at the time of his death. Jack LaLanne died on January 23, 2011 of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California.
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Jack LaLanne Feats and Honors (from the Jack LaLanne website)1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks an undisputed world record.
1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, CA.
1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.
1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.
1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.
1959 Age 45: Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22 minutes. Happy is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide
1974 Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fishermans Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1976 Age 62: Commemorating the Spirit of 76, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queens Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.
1992 Age 78: Academy of Body Building and Fitness Award
1994 Age 80: State of California Governors Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 Age 82: Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award
1999 Age 85: Spirit of Muscle Beach Award
2002 Age 88: Jack receives his very own star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame
2004 Age 90: Jack LaLanne celebrates his birthday with a major media blitz in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. ESPN Classic runs a 24 Hour marathon of the original Jack LaLanne Shows
2005 Age 91: Received the Jack Webb Award from the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award, Interglobals International Infomercial Award, the Freddie, Medical Media Public Service Award, and he was a Free Spirit honoree at Al Neuharths Freedom Fourm.
2007 Age 93: Received the Treasures of Los Angeles Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from Muscle Beach, and the Y.M.C.A. Impact Award.
2008 Age 94: Inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Parker Seminars Award, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the Southern California University of Health Sciences, receives the People of Vision Award from the RP International, receives the Heroes Humanity Award, and was inducted into the Gallery of Legends hosted by the World Acrobatics Society.
2009 Age 95: Jack receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Club Industry. Jack LaLanne days were observed in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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Born: Francois Henri LaLanne
Date of Birth: September 26, 1914
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California
Also Known As: Jack LaLanne
Career Info and Stats:Occupation: Fitness expert, Gym Owner, Television Personality, and Motivational Speaker
Height: 5 ft 6 in
Best Known As: Father of the modern fitness movement and host of his own television show on fitness for 34 years.
Family:Spouses:Irma Navarre (m. 19421948)
Elaine Doyle (m. 19592011)