Jack LaLanne

Posted March 30, 2012 by Robb Zerr
Jack Lalanne
"Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you."

Jack LaLanne would know a thing about being a slave to his body rather than the other way around. Before he became a fitness icon - long before there was ever a Richard Simmons, LaLanne conquered his own addiction to sugar and junk food as a boy. He claimed to have a bad temper because of it, suffering from behavioral problems as a "junkie" and "sugarholic."

Exercise turned his life around as did the death of his father at the young age of 58, the victim of a life of poor nutrition.

Those who grew up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s remember waking up to LaLanne every morning. His television show, The Jack LaLanne Show, debuted in 1951 in San Francisco and found a national audience when ABC picked him up in 1959. Suddenly, millions were tuning in to the "godfather of fitness" and his messages of health and wellness, including his famous Jack LaLanne quote, "Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you."

Who didn't love LaLanne's show, which was known for its minimalist sets. In his trademark jumpsuit, he'd show everyone at home how to use ordinary furnishings to exercise. His wife joined him in doing the exercises so women could see that exercise wouldn't make them muscular. And next time you want a stumper in trivia, ask what was the name of LaLanne's dog. It was Happy, though Walter (We All Love To Exercise Regularly) appeared in later years.


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