"I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image." (citation needed)
January 23, 2011 8:15 PM Subscribe
"Feel better, look better and live longer"
posted by oneswellfoop (63 comments total)
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(video) was the credo of "Nutritionist, Author, Lecturer and Physical Culture Expert on Your Figure and Beauty", Jack LaLanne, who despite everything, passed away today of pneumonia at the age of 96
, less than a week after the Slate "Fitness Issue" compared him to other "fitness gurus".
Best known to the 'kids' as the guy selling the Power Juicer
, he did a usually-daily TV show for a record-setting 34 years (1951-1985)
, leading a mostly-female audience in a workout wearing his trademark blue jumpsuit and ballet slippers. But he also invented the Smith Machine (negative review)
and other commonly used pieces of exercise equipment
, and ran a chain of over 200 "health spas" with his name on it before selling out to Bally Total Fitness. With a legendary life story (starting as a less-than-98-pound weakling)
, he was a devoted vegetarian and enemy of white sugar and white flour, and unafraid to be controversial, as one of the first to promote weight training for women.
Every year, on his birthday, he'd go for a little swim.
Outside Magazine said he was "Still an Animal" in 1995.
Jack LaLanne's 10 Point Self-Improvement Plan
His website JackLaLanne.com
is almost as well-developed as he was (front page features a video of him explaining how fitness is patriotic)