RIP Jack LaLanne: Sept. 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011.

RIP Jack LaLanne: Sept. 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011.

Fitness lost its godfather yesterday to complications from one of the worst diseases you can have: Pneumonia. I never met Jack but I know he inspired MILLIONS.  LaLanne revolutionized the fitness industry with his television appearances and is credited with launching the modern fitness movements, as he urged American’s to eat better and exercise more well before calorie counting and fad fitness programs were popular.

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LaLanne reportedly ate healthy and worked out often even in his later years, joking in 2006, “I can’t afford to die. It would wreck my image.”  In the wake of his death, Jack LaLanne’s wife, Elaine, released a written statement.

“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for,” Elaine said.

LaLanne was popular among viewers of all ages, and urged Americans to better themselves through dietary changes and increased exercise, even before obesity became an epidemic.

“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it,” LaLanne explained. “Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”

In addition to his television workout shows, LaLanne was known for his impressive feats of fitness, including swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco while shackled and towing a boat at the age of 60, and performing more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes shortly after turning 43.

LaLanne helped break established rules of fitness in his day, by encouraging athletes and women to use weights during workouts — both groups were forbidden to prior to LaLanne’s intervention.  So innovative and influential was LaLanne that he drew compliments from some of the most famous fitness gurus from every age.

“He laid the groundwork for others to have exercise programs, and now it has bloomed from that black and white program into a very colorful enterprise,” said Arnold Schwarznegger.

Indeed, LaLanne’s contributions to fitness will never be forgotten, as they revolutionized the industry.  We at the Del Monte Family express our sincerest condolences to those LaLanne left behind. You can learn more about Jack LaLanne’s juicer, fitness program, DVDs and other exploits by searching his name on Amazon.  Look him up and order some of his stuff.  He’s the true Godfather of Fitness.

Honour Jack today by watching this short video and taking his message to heart and do something about the timeless truth he shared decades ago that is just as true now as it was then.

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10 Responses to “RIP Jack LaLanne: Sept. 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011.”


  1. Moti Gurbaxani

    IN MY CONCERNED OPINION AND EVEN THOUGH I CANNOT CALL HIM MY “GURU” DIRECTLY BUT HE CERTAINLY WAS THE BEST, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE WERE HUNDREDS WITH BIGGER BODY MUSCLES etc. BUT ITS NOT ONLY THE HUGE MUSCLES ITS HOW YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR BODY AND I DO NOT THINK OF ANY EQUAL TO “GURUJI JACK LaLANE”, HE WAS A PHENOMENAL PERSON.HIS FEAT OF PULLING THE BOATS AT LONG BEACH WAS SOMETHING NO OTHER HUMAN HAD ACCOMPLISHED ,CONSIDERING THE AGE LIMITATIONS.
    WE ALL SALUTE THIS GOD OF BODY BUILDERS ,THE TRUE GURU IN THE FIELD.GOD BLESS HIM AND SEND HIM BACK TO THIS WORLD SINCE HE HAS LOTS MORE TO ACCOMPLISH BY SAVING MILLIONS OF COUCH POTATOES.
    GOD BLESS YOU JACK.
    Moti

  2. Matt

    @LuAnna Foss – Dude nothing is free in life. Take some responsibility: Go to the gym and library and learn for yourself!

    RIP Jack – an inspirational legend of a man. He knew he was onto something great many years before science and the world caught up.

  3. Fruit Loops

    I’m gonna RIP 999 Jumping Jacks.

    I am doing it NOW !!!

  4. Travis

    It’s times like this people like him remind us of the wake up calls we need sometimes. It’s so easy to worry about what people think about things, or maybe worrying about finishing things on time. We get so over worried that we forget to take a step back and breathe. Thanks Vince.

    ~Travis

  5. Vince

    Hey Joe. I feel the same way. I’m going to delete that guy’s comment. Comments that don’t offer any value get deleted when I spot them.

  6. Vince

    @LuAnna. Thanks… I need to get on top of this. you’re right. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. joe

    Originally Posted By AhmedTruly an icon, i feel disturbed by seeing people not paying respct to a legend like him, telling that he is showing mi…rr, come on people dont be a jerk and pay respect to some one who has put foundation in something we love!

    ACKMAD?

  8. Pete

    The world has lost a great fitness legend. RIP Jack. Your legacy and the impact you have made on the lives of many people will never be forgotten.

  9. bret

    I just learned about Mr. Lalannes death while reading my e-mail today. He was and will always be a great motivator to me , and for all my days on this earth. He is a role model for all kids and adults alike. If more people would heed his advice this world would be a lot healthier place to be, may god rest your sole Mr.Jack Lalanne

  10. Brian

    “Don’t worry about things you can’t control”

    Never a truer phrase has been spoken