A Tribute To An Icon

America lost a fitness icon this week. Jack LaLanne, the Father of U.S. Fitness, passed away of pneumonia on Sunday, January 23rd at the ripe age of 96. For years, Jack LaLanne had said, “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.” I love the humor in this quote from a man who defied the odds over and over again.

“Jumping Jack” impacted millions of people. Check out some of his standout accomplishments:

  • A sugar addict as a kid, he changed his life at 15 by swearing off flour, most fat, and sugar and concentrating on eating fruits and vegetables.
  • He opened the first modern health club in the US in 1936 in Oakland, CA. It was equipped with a gym, juice bar, and health food store. Think about the timing… we were still in the Great Depression… Jack LaLanne was gutsy and bold like no other.
  • In 1951, he started his own TV show. This is where he made famous his one-piece jumpsuit zipped open halfway down his chest with “Jack” stitched over his heart. His show was on air for decades.
  • At the age of 45, in 1959, he did 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 86 minutes.
  • At the age of 70, in 1984, LaLanne shackled and handcuffed himself to tow 70 boats with 70 people 1.5 miles in Long Beach Harbor.
  • Up until his death, he did 90 minutes of weightlifting and 30 minutes of swimming everyday. He continued to preach the gospel of exercise, raw vegetables, and clean living.

When I think of Jack LaLanne, I think of my favorite Jack quote: “There are so many health nuts out there who eat nothing but natural foods but they don’t exercise and they look terrible. Then there are other people who exercise like a son-of-a-gun but eat a lot of junk… Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”

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Here is what I want you to do: choose to exercise today… choose fresh fruits and vegetables… Build your kingdom and live a long, healthy and inspired life. Spread IMPACT!

Thank you Jack for impacting me as a fitness professional and being a role model for so many people on how to live life to the fullest.

Live inspired!

Todd
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally recognized performance coach, personal trainer and massage therapist who motivates, educates and inspires people worldwide.  He is the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team of 35 focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training and nutrition to help transform the bodies, minds and spirits of a broad clientele.  Todd trains dozens of NFL and MLB athletes, including 2010 Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP Drew Brees.  He is the head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council and is a featured presenter on the Perform Better educational circuit.  He is a two-time Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE).  Additionally, Todd provides motivational talks and programs to companies and conferences worldwide. Men’s Health recently named his gym, Fitness Quest 10, one of the Top 10 Gyms in the US.  Todd has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN, NFL Network and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Stack Magazine, Self, Shape, Fitness, the NY Times and Washington Post.  Todd has authored 35 DVDs on strength and conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork and business/personal growth.

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One response to “A Tribute To An Icon

  1. Thanks Todd for posting about the Godfather of Fitness. Although Mr. Jack LaLanne didn’t have all the degrees, certs. or long list of credentials like a lot of fitness professionals possess today, he had the one intangible that is hard to teach coaches and trainers today: PASSION/DESIRE

    Without the passion or desire in the fitness industry, you just go thru the motions and are unable to IMPACT folks in a menaingful way.

    So many folks these days are about making money or trying to get notierity as the next fitness expert, they lose sight about what their purpose is for getting into the fitness industry: HEPLING PEOPLE

    Mr. LaLanne always conveyed that messaged of passion and desire in his quest of helping others. He was contagious in spreadin the health and fitness gospel to help millions of people live a happy, abundant, and healthy life.

    I speak for many that say “We will miss you Jack”. Thanks again Todd for this post, I appreciate it like others most likely did.

    Regards,

    Tom

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