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  • Jack LaLanne, the Founder of Modern Fitness Movement, Died at 96, in January 2011 at his home in Morro Bay, California.

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  • A self-described emotional and physical wreck while growing up in the San Francisco area.
  • Turned his life around after hearing a talk on proper diet when he was 15.

He started working out with weights when they were an oddity, and in 1936 he opened the prototype for the fitness spas to come a gym, juice bar and health food store in an old office building in Oakland.

People thought I was a charlatan and a nut, he remembered. The doctors were against me they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive.

  • The Jack LaLanne Show made its debut in 1951 as a local program in the San Francisco area, then went nationwide on daytime television in 1959. His short-sleeved jumpsuit showing off his impressive biceps, his props often limited to a broomstick, a chair and a rubber cord, Mr. LaLanne pranced through his exercise routines, most notably his fingertip push-ups.


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I remember Jack getting my mom moving off the sofa - with a chair, she did the exercises when I was a small child. Too bad the fad wore off with some.

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  • Don't try to be Superman — be yourself. More important, be your "Superself."
  • Approval from others is not as important as approval from yourself and from your Creator.
  • Focus on making incredible attempts, not on getting incredible results.
  • Success comes from your beliefs, supporting cast and attitude.
  • There are plenty of excuses, but there is no real reason you can't exercise every day.
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