Jack LaLanne: Ten Video Tips to Change Your Life from the Late Fitness Guru

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Jack LaLanne at 95 Years Old

He invented the jumping jack, the scourge of fat kids everywhere; he could sell you a juicer like no one's business; and he was the father of the modern health and fitness revolution. Legendary fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Sunday evening at the age of 96, succumbing to pneumonia.

One of his best quotes was "I can't die, it would ruin my reputation!" Somehow I think that living 96 years is pretty damn cool, so he shouldn't worry now.

The list of his feats is huge, and some are still unattainable, with most of them being achieved in the 1950s when he was just in his forties. In 1956 he did 1,000 push-ups in around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I have maybe done 500 in the past ten years.

In what everyone thought would be his "later" years, his sixties, he was still towing boats while swimming miles of expanse in deep water.

Few people have done as much as he did the past 11 decades to insure that Americans would be healthier, happier and live longer. Only people like Richard Simmons, the dude that invented P90X, Jane Fonda's spandex and that endless cast of late-night infomercial jocks that routinely wow us with glistening abs and tight buns can even come close.

But the thing about LaLanne that will always set him apart was that he wasn't just teaching you skills to look ripped or attractive, or trying to separate you from your money with faddish kitchen tools. He wanted you to be clear and sane.

He taught happiness, confidence and self-worth. I just ate two leftover Reese's Peanut Butter Christmas Trees while I was writing this, and I feel like a million damned dollars. I am confident I can eat two more.

We compiled some of the best pep talks from LaLanne's television show, which ran from 1951 to 1985.

10. Don't Deal With Unhappy People

9. Stop Being So Tired
"Poopedoutitis"

8. Don't Let Bad Habits Grind You Down

7. Time to Remodel

6. How to Be a Champion




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Jack lalanne is not the new name right now. All most all the people who want to be fit and health may know his name better. Here is the great video for the fans of jack. Thanks for sharing.

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Johny Anderson

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change your life

Amazing video!!!! I love these videos.... I am sharing it with my friends....

Carlthersem
Carlthersem

I live in the UK and still I know of this man and the way he taught fitness and health RIP you will be missed.

Adam- The Fitness Chronicle
Adam- The Fitness Chronicle

@ big redHe was definitely ahead of his time and is a true fitness legend. It's pretty bad that he could run circles around most teenagers even in his 60's!

Figgy Jones
Figgy Jones

Thanks for sharing...he really did practice metaphysics, wherein your thoughts are the seed for manifesting reality.

BUT: the remodel thing? I remodeled my living room and gained weight! Don't know if worked for me. AND: did Pat Benatar rip him off to title her '80s hit? (no.1)

scottr35
scottr35

I heard that a team of experts is going to try to contact Jack LaLanne in an exercise'em.

houstondentalexpert
houstondentalexpert

What a wonderful story about a wonderful man who touched so many peoples lives with the message of health and wellness.

big red
big red

It is remarkable that these little lectures are timeless - and true. He was really way ahead of his time. I can remember the snide comments made back in the 1950's about Jack and his show, but he showed them. (the best joke was that amazingly Jack was in his late 40's and looked great, but what was really remarkable was that his dog was 110.)

P.S. Gary Kubiak needs to watch the video about being a champion. And then commit it to memory.

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