The amazing feats of Jack Lalanne (my first fitness hero)

Jack Lalanne (at age 71)

Jack once made the quote, "I don't wanna die, it would wreck my image". Jack passed away in 2011 at the age of 96. But, with me Jack, your image is not ruined, I am inspired more and more as I read about your accomplishments.

He was my first fitness inspiration growing up, back when I saw him doing stuff in when he was over age 50, I remember thinking, "I didn't know 'Old People' could exercise like that"?

Below is a list of some seemingly impossible feasts he accomplished in his 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond, truly amazing, more proof that age ain't nothing but a number!!!!!!

1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record.

1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA.

1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It", a TV Show with Art Baker.

1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.

1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.

1959 Age 45: Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22 minutes. “Happy” is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide

1974 Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.

1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.

1976 Age 62: Commemorating the “Spirit of ‘76”, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.

1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.

1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.

1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles

Age 96: Jack died of pneumonia at age 96, supposedly doing his typical workout routine the day before his death.

~stay healthy~

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2 Responses

01.11.19

Great web site! Enjoyed post on Jack LaLanne. I had the pleasure of meeting him twice, speaking at length with him the second time. What an inspiring person he was…and still is!

01.11.19

Hi Rick Marcano,

Yeah, He was Da’ Man!! I saw a old video clip of him and it looked so “dated” it kinda of made me laugh. But that’s “retro-fitness”.

Thanks for reding and commenting…..

Doug At GAIA Health Blog

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