I remember watching Jack's show (I think it was called Shape Up With Jack LaLanne) every day as a little kid and doing jumping jacks along with him. Jack got me very excited at an early age to do exercise, which until then was a boring, necessary evil. As far as I know Jack started the national gyms (Bally's used to be Jack LaLanne Health Clubs). As he got older he would always look the same, except a little grayer. He showed us all that living a fit life could keep us spry and productive well into our 90's.
I understand Jack used to do a lot of publicity stunts (swimming across rivers with a lot of equipment to weigh him down) and was also famous for the juicer informercials. It seems without Jack, the fitness craze and all the fancy diets would have taken a lot longer to take hold. Thank you so much for your contribution to a healthy lifestyle, Jack. You will certainly be missed!
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Francois Henri "Jack" LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who had been called "the godfather of fitness". He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1951 and 1985.
LaLanne gained recognition for his success as a bodybuilder as well as for his prodigious feats of strength. He was inducted to the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.