January 24, 2011 by USA Post
Elaine Lalanne, (AP) – Jack Lalanne has been urging of Americans to get off their couches and into the gym for decades before it was cool. And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades retirement age of most Americans. ”
The fitness fanatic has eaten well and exercised – indeed his mission to ensure that everyone has done the same – to end at age 96, friends and family said.
LaLanne died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay on the central coast of California, longtime agent Rick Hersh said. The cause was respiratory failure due to pneumonia.
“I not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best and most loving friend anyone could ever hope to partner,” Elaine Lalanne, LaLanne wife of 51 years and a partner in many of his appearances television, said in a written statement.
Lalanne, who underwent heart valve surgery two years ago, maintained a physical young and joked in 2006 that “I can not afford to die. It would destroy my image. ”
“It was unbelievable,” said 87-year-old former “Price is right” host Bob Barker, who attributes the encouragement Lalanne helped him to exercise often.
“He never lost his enthusiasm for life and fitness,” Barker told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I’ve seen around 2007 and it still looked remarkable. He always looked like the same guy he has always been enthusiastic.”
LaLanne credited with a sudden interest in fitness with the transformation of his life as a teenager and has worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform the lives of others, too.
“The only way you can hurt the body is not using it,” said LaLanne. “Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”
His show workout has been a staple of television from the 1950s to 70s. Lalanne and his dog happy children encouraged waking up from their mother and dragging them to the front of the TV. He developed exercises that did not use any special equipment, just a chair and a towel.
He also founded a chain of fitness centers that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruits and vegetables, as he helped the market a device called a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer.
When he turned 43 in 1957, he has performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on “You asked” television program. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco – handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in the Port of Long Beach.
“I never think about my age, never,” said LaLanne in 1990. “I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I’m just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They are more productive than they have ever been in their whole life right now. ”
Member and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California LaLanne credited in making exercise on the gym and in the salons.
“He laid the groundwork for others exercise programs, and now he has blossomed this program in black and white in a company very colorful,” said Schwarzenegger in 1990.
In 1936 in his native Oakland, Lalanne opened a fitness studio, which included weight training for women and athletes. These concepts were revolutionary at the time, because the theory that weight training is an athlete and slow “muscle bound” and make a woman look masculine.
“You must understand that it is absolutely forbidden at the time for athletes to use weights, he said.” It just was not done. We had athletes who can sneak into the studio to work on.
“It was the same with women. At that time, women should not use weights. I guess I was a pioneer,” said LaLanne.
The son of poor French immigrants was born in 1914 and has grown to become addicted to sugar, “he said.
The turning point came one night when he heard a presentation of pioneer nutritionist Paul Bragg, who extolled the benefits of brown rice, whole wheat and a vegetarian diet.
“He was so excited,” said LaLanne. “After the conference I went to her dressing room and spent an hour and a half with him. He said:” Jack, you’re a foot trash. ”
Shortly after, LaLanne built makeshift gym in his backyard. “I had all these firefighters and police officers that work there and I sort of use them as Guinea pigs,” he said.
He said that his own daily routine usually consists of two hours of weightlifting and one hour in the pool.
“It’s a lifestyle is something that you do the rest of your life,” said LaLanne. “How long will you continue to breathe? How long do you eat? You just do it. ”
In addition to his wife, two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne, survive him.
Associated Press writer Polly Anderson contributed to this report.
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