Jack LaLanne, Modern Fitness Guru, Dies at 96

by J-Mirabelli

Jack LaLanne released his book Live Young Forever in 2009, two years before he died at the age of 96 years.

Jack LaLanne, whose obsession with strenuous workouts and good nutrition, complemented by a salesman’s gift, is credited as being the founder of the modern physical fitness movement. He died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at his home. He was 96.

At 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds or so with a 30-inch waist, Jack Lalanne maintained that he didn’t like working out. He said he kept at it strictly to feel fit and stay healthy. For a guy who didn’t like exercise, he started each day, into his 90s, with two hours of workouts: weight lifting followed by a swim against an artificial current in his pool.

He was an innovator, being the first person to introduce regular weight training to women and the elderly. He opened his first modern health club in Oakland, California in 1936, which also featured a health food store and a juice bar. Doctors at the time called him a charlatan and a nut and that lifting weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive. The doctors were wrong and his gym eventually expanded to 100 locations across the United States.

More recently known for his promotion of the Power Juicer Pro, he would often be seen on late night infomercials promoting healthy living and his Juicer.

He would often be quoted as saying, “I can’t die. It would ruin my image.”

Read more:

Jack LaLanne Died at Home at Age 96 | People.com

Jack LaLanne, Father of Fitness Movement, Dies at 96 | NYTimes.com

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