SB46 HALL OF FAMER: Jack LaLanne - Fitness Pioneer, Author and Lifelong Morning Workout Warrior
For a deep dive on who Jack LaLanne is, go spend twenty minutes or so at JackLaLanne.com.
If you just want the highlights, here you go:
Opened the first modern gym in 1936, dubbed The Jack LaLanne Physical Culture Studio
Coined the phrase: "Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together you've got a kingdom."
Was a champion wrestler on the 1936 Olympic team
Ignored the common (and dumb) advice at the time that "lifting weights would cause heart attacks"
He was the first person to: have his athletes train with weights, host a fitness show on TV, sell protein shakes, sell vitamins and exercise equipment on TV, suggest alternating a fitness program every few weeks, and many more.
His feats of strength are also unmatched. Below is just list of what he accomplished in his 40s!!! For a full list, go here.
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 Fisherman’s 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.
Insane, right? The man was a flat out fitness stud... And he preached getting up early first thing in the morning to exercise for much of his life. That, combined with his legendary juicing, nutrition, work ethic, positive attitude and ambition, makes LaLanne a sure-fire first ballot founding member of the SB46 Hall of Fame.
And just for fun, this is video of the time Jack LaLanne pulled 70 boats for his 70th birthday: