Blazing Trails: Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne Tells His Story

Jack LaLanne at 71

How true it is and more true today with the Internet, mass e-mail, ClickBank books, and everybody jumping on the bandwagon of “I’ve got a solution for your weight loss problem.”

“Something else that worries me is the advertising on television today. It’s killing Americans, and we have to do something about it. Just watch TV for an hour and you’ll see people —especially athletes—selling their souls for millions of dollars to endorse the very items making people fat and unhealthy—cakes, pies and soda pop.” - Jack LaLanne

When Jack LaLanne opened the nation’s first health club in 1936, people thought he was nuts. When he went on the air 1951 with the nation’s first fitness television show, people thought it wouldn’t last. Today, at the ripe young age of 89, his TV show is still on the air, he is in better shape than most Americans and he is still going strong. In this exclusive WELCOA Interview, fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne talks with WELCOA President David Hunnicutt, PhD about LaLanne’s lifetime of fitness and what it’s going to take for Americans to get and stay healthy through their golden years.

It occurs to me in this day and age that if you ask any younger person today “who is Jack LaLanne,” the most common answer if they know will be “he’s that As Seen on TV guy that does the Juicer Machine.”

Jack LaLanne on the role of parents:

First and foremost, parents should set a good and positive example for their children.

Take a close look around you the next time you go out to eat. Trust me, if the adults were setting a good example, we’d not have such an obesity epidemic in the United States.

For as cheap as free, you will download and read this Jack LaLanne interview and it will make an impression on you.

Since my mom sends jokes all the time, I’ve already sent her a copy of this as I feel my own parents need to be more active.

If they won’t listen to me, maybe they will listen to a 94 year old man.

Jack LaLanne Interview:

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  • Jack LaLanne 1914-2011, Interview and Podcast at Age 94 – Before there was Arnold, or Charles Atlas, there was Jack LaLanne. He opened up the first modern health club in Oakland, California in 1936.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT

P.S. – If you go to YouTube and just search for “Jack LaLanne” you find many snippets of his TV show where he made famous, fingertip pushups.