View Full Version : Jack LaLanne passed away today

01-24-2011, 03:11 AM
Not sure how many of you know this guy (although you may have seen him as the old man on the "Power Juicer" infomercial), but he was the "Godfather of fitness" and was responsible for a few things:

1. First exercise TV show (lasted over 30 years - longest ever)
2. Invented the "Smith Machine"
3. Encouraged women to lift weights knowing it wouldn't make them "masculine" when everybody else thought it would.

For more info on him, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_LaLanne

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, 96, dies at Calif. home
He exercised and ate healthy every day of his life, agent says
updated 2 hours 20 minutes ago


MORRO BAY, Calif. Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron decades before exercise became a national obsession, has died at age 96.

His agent Rick Hersh says LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast.

Hersh says Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end.

LaLanne credited fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.

He said, "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it." LaLanne's workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to '70s. He maintained a youthful physique into his 80s.

01-24-2011, 01:34 PM
this is sad, but man what a long healthy life!

County Mike
01-24-2011, 02:27 PM
Awesome dude. RIP

01-24-2011, 03:11 PM
Definitely a bad ass ... RIP Jack ...