I always liked this guy and his attitude! He was way before my time but a guru to many. He was way “ahead” of his time. He just passed away this evening, and lived to the ripe old age of 96! He enjoyed wonderful health his whole life long.
Born Francois Henri LaLanne in San Francisco (his parents were French immigrants), he felt the effects of sugar and bleached flour in his diet. After hearing a health lecture, he devoted his life to following a diet of raw, unprocessed foods. His staples: two meals a day and no snacks.
He opened up a chain of gyms and worked out releltlessley his entire life. Fitness and nutrition were his life, and for him it certainly paid off.
At age 60 he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf while pulling a 1,000-pound boat – and while handcuffed. At 70, shackled again, he pulled 70 people in 70 boats 1½ miles through Long Beach Harbor.
The quote I most remember is “Exercise is King: Nutrition is Queen, put ’em together and you’ve got a
Kingdom. The guy was always happy and full of energy. He was sure doing something right.
He often said, “I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image.”
Rest in peace Jack LaLanne. You were a wonderful role model.
Despite advanced age, LaLanne continued to work out every morning for two hours. He spent 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking.