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article imageFitness guru Jack LaLanne has passed away

By Gar Swaffar     Jan 23, 2011 in Health
Morro Bay - Jack LaLanne began the fitness business in 1936 in Oakland, Ca. He passed away today, Jan 23, 2011.
From 1936 until the 1980's he managed a fitness empire built on the concept of "It's never too late".
"It's never too late to begin the life of fitness" was one of Jack LaLanne's most common statements on TV from the 1951 until he left television in 1985. Jack is credited with bringing the idea of weight training to both women and athletes during a time when the idea of women or athletes doing weight training was not considered a possibility.
"You have to understand that it was absolutely forbidden in those days for athletes to use weights," he once said. "It just wasn't done. We had athletes who used to sneak into the studio to work out.
"It was the same with women. Back then, women weren't supposed to use weights. I guess I was a pioneer," LaLanne said.
Jack was an author of several books, appeared in movies and was also an inventor of exercise machines. One of the first machines he invented eventually became the Smith machine, after being spotted and then refined by Rudy Smith of Vic Tanny's gyms.
One of Jack's occasional feats of strength and condition was to be handcuffed and shackled and to then swim while pulling enormous amounts of weight for ridiculous distances.
In 1974 at the age of 60 he swam for the second time from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed and shackled and towing a 1,000 boat.
In 1994 at the age of 80, Jack was again handcuffed and shackled while he pulled 80 boats with 80 people from Queensway Bay Bridge in Long Beach harbor (Ca.) to the Queen Mary, a distance of 1.5 miles.
Jack leaves behind a wife, Elaine of fifty one years, two sons and a daughter.
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