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Today we lost a person who made an enormous contribution to the world of fitness. Jack LaLanne left us at the age of 96.

A role model and all-around decent human being, Jack was also a wonderful showman. According to Wikipedia on his 70th birthday Jack, “handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.”

Swimming a mile in open water is an accomplishment in its own right. Doing it while handcuffed is astounding. Doing it while handcuffed and towing dozens of boats is beyond astounding. All of the above at 70? One in a billion. And this was no fluke. Jack did his shackled swimming feats many times over his career.

What I admire most is that he was an innovator. Next time you’re in a gym using what is now common equipment you can take a moment to thank Jack LaLanne for:

– inventing the first leg extension machine
– inventing weight stacks with selector pins
– inventing weighted pulleys for exercising
– inventing what later became the Smith machine

Thank you, Jack. We are very grateful for your hard work and we continue to benefit from it.   RIP

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6 Comments.

  • Dr. John

    Wow, really sorry to here that; I grew up waching the Jack LaLanne show.
    Dr. John

  • Kevin

    Sad to hear one of the old time/all time strong men has gone. This guy was still doing shows like infomercials till recently. I was inspired by his efforts. Great guy and brimming with enthusiasm to promote good health and fitness. RIP Jack.

  • Tom Strong

    I had hoped that he would live to over 100; but 96 ain’t bad.

    Did you know that he was only 5’6″ and 150 lbs. Proof that you don’t have to be big to be strong. He also was a vegan.

  • Jack LaLanne was one of the true gentlemen of the fitness world and we owe him a debt of gratitude for what he left us. Static Contraction wouldn’t be around, had it not been for Jack’s innovative and inventive personality.

  • Michael

    Jack has been an inspiration to me and many others around the world for many years. i turn 54 today and am saddened by this loss….

    My condolences go out to his family.

  • My first fitness guru, who took me from a slug to someone who finally had an outlet for all my energy, was Joanie Greggains. Jack was her personal mentor…and so he became mine. Rest in peace and God bless you, Jack.

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