View Full Version : The incredible Jack LaLanne

11-13-2006, 04:36 AM
Generally considered to be the father of fitness in America, at age 92 he is still going strong. Actually he looks like he could whoop me with one hand. He opened the first modern health spa in America in 1936. He invented most of the exercise machines that are in use in spas today. He had an exercise TV show back in the 1950s. All of our ideas today about diet and exercise started with him over 60 years ago. Believe it or not back in the early days many people thought he was just a crackpot.

Here is a list of his physical accomplishments. They are all well documented.

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 ˝ mile test of strength and endurance.

1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-˝ 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 for 1 ˝ miles.

<font color="blue"> When asked about the secret of his longevity he just says "Clean thoughts and dirty girls".

Well Jack, I think I have the dirty girls part down pat. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
I think I'll give your other ideas a try.

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11-13-2006, 01:28 PM
WOW 92 AND STILL GOING STRONG! but cabn he still get it up?