The original fitness guru Jack LaLanne passed away yesterday. He was 96.
LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.
His last blog entry, dated Jan. 20, 2011, had these words: “Hope you all are keeping your New Year’s Resolutions to taking care of the most important person on this earth, YOU!!!!” -CBSNews.
As with every celebrity death, Twitter was buzzing with the passing of LaLanne, making some good (and surprisingly tasteful) jokes about the man. Reading about what LaLanne did to promote fitness during his lifetime, such as doing over a thousand pushups in 23 minutes or handcuffing himself to a boat and pulling it through the water, it makes me feel incredibly lazy since I’m sitting at my computer not doing any of that, but I’m still in awe at what he was capable of (the full list of feats is here). Chances are if your grandmother was in the same state as LaLanne, he probably tapped that.
I’m going to end the post with a video which is better than a ton of motivational speeches I’ve heard. What I love about it is that LaLanne’s method was never yelling at people to become more in shape, but telling them that if they wanted to be in shape, it was possible and he would help them. Also, his juicer’s pretty sweet. It’s capable of juicing anything!