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Understanding Fitness through Jack LaLanne’s Quotes

Understanding Fitness through Jack LaLanne’s Quotes

Jack LaLanne

Sometimes when making a point we are more effective by leting other experts do the talking.  By now you know we are big fans of Jack LaLanne.  He introduced us to the formal concept of physical fitness.  He was the true pathfinder of physical fitness and opened the first gym in 1936.   He was also built; especially for his time!  Big chest, thin waist and biceps like softballs.  What an amazing legacy he left us.  How did he do it?

We’ll miss his insight and good humor.  But most of all we’ll miss his inspiration which was constantly communicated through both his words and actions (he led by example).  If you look at his quotes holistically, you’ll realize that he was simply establishing the framework for how to optimize a life of fitness and good health. You don’t need to read his biography to understand what made Jack tick.  Instead, read below and use his words to help form his blueprint to achieve the kind of health he knew we could all attain.  I hope you find daily inspiration in all of them:

Jack LaLanne on:

GOD food versus MAN food (my personal favorite):

“If man made it, hate it.”

Addressing your weaknesses:

“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.”

Being spiritual:

“You don’t have to call it God or Jesus. That’s religious humbug to a lot of people, but you’ve gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.”

The evils of soft drinks:

“I’d rather see you drink a glass of wine than a glass of milk. So many people drink Coca-Cola and all these soft drinks with sugar. Some of these drinks have 8 or 9 teaspoons of sugar in them.”

Always being a student:

“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.”

The benefits of exercise:

“Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation?”

Defying conventional wisdom:

“They thought that athletes who 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. “

Dietary causes of disease in the U.S:

“Look at the average American diet: ice cream, butter, cheese, whole milk, all this fat. People don’t realize how much of this stuff you get by the end of the day. High blood pressure is from all this high-fat eating.”

Addressing the smartest guys in the room:

“I have spoken to a whole group of millionaires, head executives at Microsoft. Boy did I chew those guys out.”

The need for discipline:

“I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.”

Integrating exercise and diet:

“If you’ve got a big gut and you start doing sit-ups, you are going to get bigger because you build up the muscle. You’ve got to get rid of that fat! How do you get rid of fat? By changing your diet.”

Inactivity while growing old:

“So many older people, they just sit around all day long and they don’t get any exercise. Their muscles atrophy, and they lose their strength, their energy and vitality by inactivity.”

The typical American:

“Probably millions of Americans got up this morning with a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a donut. No wonder they are sick and fouled up.”

and last but not least:

On his legacy:

“It is most gratifying for me to see that everything that I was preaching and advocating for over 75 years has come to fruition. Then I was a crackpot and a charlatan, today I am an authority… and believe me I can’t die, it would ruin my image.”

For more on The Godfather of Fitness’ legacy, click here.


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January 25: National Holiday Idea – Jack LaLanne Fitness Day:  Celebrating the Life of One of Our Greatest Contributor to Health and Fitness.

January 25: National Holiday Idea – Jack LaLanne Fitness Day: Celebrating the Life of One of Our Greatest Contributor to Health and Fitness.

Our Hero: Jack LaLanne

“Probably millions of Americans got up this morning with a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a donut. No wonder they are sick and fouled up.”  Jack LaLanne

Through my many years of counseling friends about the benefits of health and fitness, I have come to one conclusion that cannot be debated: People look to others for inspiration on how to sustain good health and around eating habits.

While many emulate their favorite sports figures (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery), or turn to Weight Watchers, I have always looked for inspiration from the GODFATHER of Fitness, the true Pioneer and trail blazer, Jack LaLanne. I urge you to do the same!  It is with sadenss that Jack LaLanne passed away last night.

We all know that Jack gained worldwide recognition for his success as a chiropractor and bodybuilder, and for his incredible acts of strength and endurance.  What I find most remarkable however is his ability to foretell the future.  If you review some of his videos and TV spots, Jack was warning of an impending obesity crisis as early as 1952.  He communicated then that we are consuming sugary soft drinks, eating food out of a bag instead of directly from the farm, and getting lazy through the increased use of technology.  If viewed now, you would think he was speaking in 2011.  Jack said back then how it will be an epidemic that will have negative and long lasting effects on our society unless we change our ways.  Having hosted him on Dr. Galati’s radio program, YourHealthFirst a few years ago, we were honored that he shared his insights with us.  Jack was “embarrassed and sickened” at how far off course the United States has come regarding fitness and sensible nutrition. He was saddened at the unhealthy course we were on and dedicated his life to inspiring people to take control of their health.

Jack was simply a man way ahead of this time and my hero.  I am in awe at a man who dedicated over 80 years of his life helping people by spreading the gospel according to Jack.  Fitness was his religion and passion.  He did not just preach about good health, he led by example.

I wrote a letter to President and Mrs. Obama nominating that January 23 be set aside for Jack LaLanne Fitness day.  While Jack deserves so much more than that, let’s be sure to celebrate his life and never forget how one man can make an incredible difference.  I will miss him and will make it my life’s work to carry the baton he passed on to ordinary guys like me.

What Jack LaLanne states in this 1950’s video below is true today, as it was over 60 years ago.

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