Monday, January 24, 2011

A True Inspiration: Jack LaLanne 1914 - 2011

Jack LaLanne and I at his 95th birthday party (photo: Robert Kennedy)
It is with great sadness that I learned of Jack LaLanne's passing last night.

Jack inspired three generations of men and women to better their health and fitness. He laid the foundation for the modern fitness movement, taught us to stay away from sugar and processed food and encouraged millions of women to start lifting weights!

I had the pleasure of working with Jack and his wife Elaine over the last few years and enjoyed his fierce zest for living life to the maximum. I will take his lessons with me forever. And if I ever have a day when I feel too tired or too lackluster to work out I remember Jack towing 70 boats with 70 people for one-and-a-half miles through the strong currents of Long Beach, while handcuffed, on his 70th birthday!

I send my deepest and heartfelt condolences out to Elaine and their family.

Sincerely,
Tosca Reno



48 comments:

TID FOR TRENING said...

Sorry to hear. He lived a full life. God Bless.

Anne said...

I remember watching him on TV with my Mom. Very inspirational man. RIP.

Shelley Johnson said...

He was such an incredible role model and inspiration for all!

Bobbi-Jo Romanishan said...

What an icon and legend. He truly was the father of fitness and I miss him greatly. I'll have to juice something special tonight in my Jack Lalane juicer.

Anonymous said...

RIP Jack. Saw it on the news while at the gym and pushed out a couple more presses in his honor. Got home to find my husband with a tear in his eye. He inspired him and then me to be the best we can.

janeyd said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack LaLanne at the Arnold Classic two years ago. He gave a seminar during the "healthy aging" expo and he was incredible! At 94, if you closed your eyes and just listened you would have thought he was 40! That big booming voice, so full of life. I feel privileged to have met him and had a photo taken with him. RIP, Jack.

Anonymous said...

my condolences goes out the family, may God give you Strength.. God bless. Rip. mr LaLanne

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At age 59, every time I start thinking that maybe this fitness thing is for the 20 somethings, I think of Jack. He will continue to inspire me for another 50 years!

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My condoleances to Jack family.....I am so sorry....

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