Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Fitness and Wellness


A man way ahead of his time … Jack Lalanne

Jack LaLanne (born September 26, 1914) is an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who has been called “the godfather of fitness”.[1][2] He has published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985. He has 4 children.

LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder, as well as his prodigious feats of strength. He has been inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Health clubs

After graduating from high school, LaLanne attended night classes at Oakland Chiropractic College in San Francisco and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In 1936, he opened his own health spa (gym) in Oakland, California and encouraged clients to better themselves through weight-training. LaLanne designed the first leg extension machines, pulley machines using cables, and the weight selectors that are now standard in the fitness industry. He was the inventor of the Smith machine. LaLanne encouraged women to lift weights (though at the time it was thought this would make women look masculine and unattractive). By the 1980s, Jack LaLanne’s European Health Spas numbered more than 200. He eventually licensed all his health clubs to the Bally company, and they are now known as Bally Total Fitness. He is no longer associated with any gym, but still lifts weights.

Books, television and other media

Jack LaLanne presented fitness and exercise advice on television for 34 years. “The Jack LaLanne Show” was the longest running television exercise program.[7] It began as a local program on San Francisco‘s ABC television station, KGO-TV, but eventually was carried on the ABC network nationwide. In 1959, LaLanne recorded Glamour Stretcher Time, a workout album which provided phonograph-based instruction for exercising with an elastic cord called the Glamour Stretcher.[8]

LaLanne has published books and videos on fitness and nutrition, appeared in movies, recorded a song with Connie Haines. He has marketed exercise equipment, a range of vitamin supplements, and two models of electric juicers. These include the “Juice Tiger”, as seen on Amazing Discoveries with Mike Levey, and “Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer”.[9] It was on the show that LaLanne introduced the phrase “That’s the power of the juice!”

In March 1996, 70,000 Juice Tiger juicers were recalled after “14 incidents resulting in at least eight lacerations to the hands, face, arms, and chest, and one permanent eye injury were reported to the CPSC and National Media Corporation of The USA.”[10] However, this is about 9 percent of the Juice Tiger models. Another 600,000 units were not recalled. The Power Juicer is still actively marketed.[11]

LaLanne celebrated his 95th birthday with the release of a new book entitled, Live Young Forever. In the book, he discusses how he has kept healthy and active well into his advanced age.


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