Monday, January 24, 2011

The Father of Fitness dies at age 96

So, Jack Lalanne died yesterday, at age 96 from respiratory failure resulting from pneumonia.  96.  Let us say that together with the respect it deserves. 


So, who was this man?

He was the father of the fitness movement.  Prior to his work, it was common knowledge that cardio would give you a heart attack, and weight lifting would make you impotent.   He introduced our grandfathers generation, then our parents, then us to the world of fitness.  He, more than anyone else, is responsible for every aspect of fitness we take for granted today.

Without him there would be no Arnold Swarchenegger, no Richard Simmons, no Tony Horton, and no fly by night quick fix 3day belly flattening machines sold on late night TV.

He started the ball rolling.

I just wanted to take a moment and say, thank you Jack.