Jack LaLanne died on January 23rd 2011 at the age of 96 because of a respiratory failure due to pneumonia.
To honour his lifetime achievement let us look back on a few of the most outstanding things that made Jack so special.
He hosted a TV fitness show during the 1950s-70s in which he encoured all Americans to get up on their feet and do gymnastic workouts at home. His motto was the most simple you could imagine: "The only way you can hurt your body is not use it!". He never got tired to remind everybody of the two easiest things needed for a healthy life - Eat right and exercise.
By sticking to this routine of daily exercise and healthy nutrition he kept an impressive physique, no matter what age.
- Setting a world record he swam the entire length beneath the Golden Gate Bride in 1954, underwater and with 160 pounds of equipment.
- Jack LaLanne still holds another world-record in push-ups: in 23 minutes he did over 1,000 of them on the TV show "You asked for it" in 1956. He was 42 back then.
- At the age of 60, he swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco for the second time. Handcuffed. Shackled. Towing a 1,000 pound boat.
- In 1979 he swam handcuffed and shackled once again. This time in a lake near Tokyo towing 65 boats filled with 6,500 pounds of wood.
- With 70 he did the same handcuffed and shackled swim with (guess what) 70 boats and several guests on them, fighting strong winds and currents as he covered a mile in the Long Beach harbour to the Queen Mary - this was in 1984.
Throughout the years he has been a role model and motivator for every person watching his show. He was without any doubt one of the greatest and most encouraging health instructors of all time, the definition of a true fitness-guru.