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Jack Lalanne, dead at age 96.

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If you're anybody whose ever been a cop, Jack Lalanne affected your physical training.


He passed yesterday, Sunday, January 23rd, after complications with pneumonia.


Born in 1914, he was the first PT guru and could outdo any of y'all ...


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A true inspiration to many, you'll be missed Mr Lalanne... thank you for sharing your gift of physical fitness with the world!


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I was wondering if anyone was going to cover this here at PL.  Thanks, Sarge!


Jack Lalanne was an amazing powerhouse and spokesperson for physical health.  A fine example ANYONE can follow. The ultimate coach!


A  FITNESS GIANT.


LOVE YA, JACK!!



 

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Jack LaLanne
 
( Harold Zinkin and Bonnie Hearn )
On the beach in Santa Monica, a young Jack LaLanne is third from the bottom. Harold Zinkin does a back bend, supporting Deforrest "Moe" Most, who supports LaLanne, with Gene Miller on top. LaLanne was the spiritual father of the health movement that blossomed into a national craze of weight rooms, exercise classes and fancy sports clubs.


From today's LA Times Obituary section:


..."LaLanne opened what is commonly believed to be the nation's first health club, in Oakland in 1936. In the 1950s, he launched an early-morning televised exercise program keyed to housewives. He designed many now-familiar exercise machines, including leg extension machines and cable-pulley weights. And he proposed the then-radical idea that women, the elderly and even the disabled should work out to retain strength.


He performed his first feat in 1954, when he was 40 and wanted to prove he wasn't "over the hill." He swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge — underwater. (He carried two air tanks.)


Other feats in his 40s: swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf wearing handcuffs; swimming the Golden Gate Channel while towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser; pulling a paddleboard 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.


At age 60, he upped the ante by swimming from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, handcuffed and shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.


The next year, he did a similar feat underwater. And at age 70, he towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen's Way Bridge in Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary — while handcuffed and shackled."


 

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I used to watch Jack LaLanne in the morning. Dude was cool. As a youngster, he portrayed fitness as definitely as a right thing to do without social weirdnesses.


I even have a piece of equipment in my garage (somewhere) that he promoted. A thing that you compressed with your arms. Isometric. They called it a 'Bullworker'.  I think I have had it at least 40 years.


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Does the Bullworker squeak??

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Mine didn't.


Kicked your butt when your tried to compress it all the way though. Not for pansies. I got bapped in the chin a couple of times when I let go of it. You learned real fast not to just give up on a Bullworker.


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I remember watching Mr. Lalanne on tv and yes the old black and white..lol. The man did some pretty amazing things in his life. Rest in Peace Mr. Lalanne.

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Rest in peace Mr. Lalanne.


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Does the Bullworker squeak??



I'm sure the person on the other end of it did/does... according to a logical deduction gathered from theSarge's comment. 


 


 


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Thanks for your many, many years of promoting health and fitness!   "the godfather of fitness"


http://www.drmcdougall.com/mcdougallcast/media/2007-05-28_1994-07-02_jack_lalanne.mp3


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I remember watching Mr. Lalanne on tv and yes the old black and white..lol. The man did some pretty amazing things in his life. Rest in Peace Mr. Lalanne.



Me too Gary !!! I would get up and do jumping jacks with him !!! He will be missed  and he was an icon !


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Rest in Peace!!! (and yes, I watched him, too!!)



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I never watched him but I read alot about him and by him. Wish I was in half as good of shape as he was at his worst!!!!

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Cat_D says ...



Irishcop1961 says ...



I remember watching Mr. Lalanne on tv and yes the old black and white..lol. The man did some pretty amazing things in his life. Rest in Peace Mr. Lalanne.



Me too Gary !!! I would get up and do jumping jacks with him !!! He will be missed  and he was an icon !



Oh, man, MamaC, I remember the jumping jacks. 


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As a kid, my mom used to do all the exercises he was doing on TV. They included using a kitchen chair (or some other piece of furniture from the house). Then I remember all the stunts he did to show that any person at any age can be physically fit.


But, I have to wonder, Jack LaLanne was a fitness guru who exercised everyday and ate all the right foods and did everything the "right" way. Still, he only made it to 96. George Burns, on the other hand, smoked a cigar a day and chased women right up till his death AT 100!


Makes you go, "hmm". Doesn't it?


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BigNTS, 'chased' ?


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