Jack LaLanne Still Going Strong

Legendary fitness pioneer and tough guy Jack LaLanne is at it again, touring the country, winning awards, promoting a new book and insisting, at the age of 95, mind you, on a minimum of 60 minutes in the gym every single day.

LaLanne visited Chicago on Oct. 15 to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Club Industry Trade Show. High-profile speaking engagements, awards and national media exposure are nothing new for LaLanne, a man who has been championing the cause of physical fitness since 1929.

In his new book, Live Young Forever - 12 Steps to Health, Fitness and Longevity, LaLanne outlines a program of action for anyone seeking fitness and longevity. Of course, diet, exercise and a positive attitude towards life, the foundation of LaLanne's philosophy, are emphasized.

As a child and teen, LaLanne was a junk-food-junkie, eating mainly cakes, pies and ice cream. His bad diet took its toll, leaving him sick and moody with a bad complexion. After hearing a talk by health and nutrition pioneer Jack C. Bragg, LaLanne reformed his diet at the age of 15. Since then, his philosophy regarding nutrition has been short and sweet. LaLanne's diet consists mainly of whole fruits and vegetables.

In 1936, LaLanne opened what is believed to be the first modern gym, then known as a physical culture studio, and urged weightlifting as a path to fitness for men, women, athletes, the physically challenged and the elderly, a revolutionary concept at the time.

A firm believer in weight training in all phases of life, LaLanne invented early models of many of the weight training devices we take for granted today, including leg extension machines. LaLanne also developed the use of cable and pulley weight-lifting systems and weight selector mechanisms.

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