RIP: Jack Lalanne 1914 – 2011

Jack Lalanne, the man who started it all. The King of Fitness, the master. The one who is responsible for making bodybuilding & fitness mainstream. How did Jack get inspired into fitness? Well as a kid, he was addicted to junk food just like any kid would be. He also had a violent temper back in his childhood. Jack started learning from Paul Bragg, a pioneer at nutrition & wellness, so Jack decided to change his lifestyle at age 15 to eat better and exercise more. After graduating from high school, he took night time classes at Oakland Chiropractic College in San Francisco, and graduated with a Chiropractic Degree.

He invented a bodybuilding machine, called, the Smith Machine, which can be seen in all gyms all over the world to this day. The Smith Machine is used for squats and various other exercises. It was made so it can be safe to use without a spotter. Later in the years, Jack Lalanne hosted his own TV show for 34 years titled, “The Jack Lalanne Show” which he taught fitness, health & nutrition on the the show. He marketed a variety of vitamin supplements, he also invented special devices called, the “Juice Tiger” and “The Power Juicer”.

Later in the years, Jack was inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Schwarzenegger (pictured above). Jack also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Over the years, Jack continued to workout every single day, non stop until the last day before his death.

He is such a hero and inspiration to the fitness world. He is the real hero in fitness. Not Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris or Jillian Michaels. It was all about Jack. Jack has been doing bodybuilding and fitness way before the days of the supplement industry got too commercial. Think about this. If Jack wasn’t around to do what he did for us, there would be no bodybuilding. There would be no Arnold, Sly, Flex Wheeler, Jillian Michaels, Lou Farrigno and all those other fitness people in the media. Jack is responsible for bringing us this. Without him, none of us would be hitting the gym on a regular basis right now.

Bow down to Jack Lalanne! King of Fitness! Thanks Jack. In honor of Jack, I will continue to do my workout routines the old school way like how I’ve always been doing this ever since I started. Even though these video lessons are very old, they CAN still be very useful to this day!

Kev

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