It’s truly a sad day in the fitness world – Jack Lalanne has died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at the age of 96!

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Any one who’s ever exercised, owes this man a great deal of credit and gratitude. He invented the jumping jack – an exercise just about everyone on this planet has performed with out ever knowing where it came from. If it wasn’t for Jack Lalanne paving the way for guys like me – the entire fitness profession may not even exist.

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Here’s some of Jack Lalanne’s super-hero like feats of strength from this Huffington Post article:

“When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the “You Asked For It” television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco – handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.”

JL showing off some serious core strength!

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JL is a true legend and one of my heros! R.I.P.

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As a tribute to Jack Lalanne, I’ve complied 20 of my favorite JL quotes and 10 of my JL videos. Keep in mind that many of these quotes and videos and are from the 1940’s and 50’s. The stuff we all think is new and cutting edge today – JL was preaching before we were born.

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My 20 Favorite Jack Lalanne Quotes!

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“I can’t afford to die. It would wreck my image.”

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“Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”

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“I never think of my age, never – I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I’m just me.”

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“It’s a lifestyle, it’s something you do the rest of your life – How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it.”

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“By exercise. I’ll tell you one thing, you don’t always have to be on the go. I sit around a lot, I read a lot, and I do watch television. But I also work out for two hours every day of my life, even when I’m on the road.”

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“What you need to do is get that tape measure out, and start measuring that gut. Then you start working out and you start eating properly till that gut gets down close to it was when you were in your 20’s. Then you’ll find out what your weight should be.”

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“You can’t get rid of it with exercise alone. You can do the most vigorous exercise and only burn up 300 calories in an hour. If you’ve got fat on your body, the exercise firms and tones the muscles. But when you use that tape measure, what makes it bigger? It’s the fat!”

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Now the medical profession is saying something different. Every one of the doctors without exception is saying, “Build muscle.”

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Everything you do in life, I don’t care, good or bad – don’t blame God, don’t blame the devil, don’t blame me, blame you. You control everything! The thoughts you think, the words you utter, the foods you eat, the exercise you do. Everything is controlled by you.”

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It’s survival of the fittest. You can’t have everything perfect, that’s impossible, but the fit survive. The fit can handle the impurities in the air and in the water, but the poor people who are sick, it really affects them more.”

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“How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. If I put inferior foods in my body today, I’m going to be inferior tomorrow, it’s that simple.”

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You should do it against the clock. Say you are going to do 30 laps in 15 minutes. Then you try to do it each day a little faster. That is putting demands on the body, and that is how you build up. You keep up your energy instead of going downhill.”

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Focus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every thirty days. That’s the key.”

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We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge.”

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They thought that athletes that worked out with my system wouldn’t be able to throw a ball because they’d be too muscle bound. Those are the misconceptions I had to go through for about 40 years.”

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The more things you do to help your health, the more you’ll be able to do. That is why a lot of people are sick and tired.”

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The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more.”

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One thing that you have to remember is SCALES LIE! The biggest liars we have are the scales. You figure about every inch is five pounds approximately. That guy has gained about 30 pounds of fat and lost 30 pounds of muscle and the scale says he weighs the same.”

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There are so many health food nuts out there that eat nothing but natural foods but they don’t exercise and they look terrible.”

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So many people will just take five pound weights and do something 10 times. What are they getting out of it? Nothing!”

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My 10 Favorite Jack Lalanne Youtube Videos!


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Please feel free to comment below and tell us about your favorite Jack Lalanne quotes, video or moments.

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