The Legendary Jack LaLanne Dead at 96

The legendary Jack LaLanne has died on January 23rd 2010 at the young age of 96. He’ll be remembered for his incredible feats of endurance at ages 40+ and his famous JUICER which I have used and stand by as a great product! You will be missed!

Here are a list of his feats and awards:

1954 (age 40): swam the entire length (8,981 ft/1.7 mi) of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, under water, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of air tanks and other equipment strapped to his body; a world record.

1955 (age 41): swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. When interviewed afterwards he was quoted as saying that the worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which significantly reduced his chance to do a jumping jack.

1956 (age 42): set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You Asked For It, a television program hosted by Art Baker.

1957 (age 43): swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound (1,100 kg; 180 st) cabin cruiser. The swift ocean currents turned this one-mile (1.6 km) swim into a swimming distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).

1958 (age 44): maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore. The 30-mile (48 km) trip took 9.5 hours.

1959 (age 45): did 1,000 star jumps and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes and The Jack LaLanne Show went nationwide.

1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, he again swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

1976 (age 62): To commemorate the “Spirit of ’76″, United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.

1979 (age 65): towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.

1980 (age 66): towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.

1984 (age 70): handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.

Founding member of President’s Council on Physical Fitness under President Kennedy
President’s Council of Physical Fitness Silver Anniversary Award
2007 President’s Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award
Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
American Academy of Achievement
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
WBBG Pioneer of Fitness Hall of Fame
APFC Pioneer of Fitness Hall of Fame
Patriarch Society of Chiropractors
NFLA – Healthy American Fitness Award
Received an Award from the Oscar Heidenstam Foundation Hall of Fame
Received National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Gold Circle Award commemorating over 50 years in the Television Industry
IHRSA Person of the Year Award
Jack Webb Award from the Los Angeles Police Historical Society
Interglobal’s International Infomercial Award
The Freddie, Medical Media Public Service Award
Freedom Forum Al Neuharth Free Spirit Honoree
Lifetime Achievement Award from Club Industry

1992 (age 78): The Academy of Body Building and Fitness Award
1994 (age 80): The State of California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 (age 82): The Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award
1999 (age 85): The Spirit of Muscle Beach Award
2002 (age 88): A star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. At his induction ceremony, LaLanne did push ups on the top of his star.
2005 (age 91): The Jack Webb Award from the Los Angeles Police Department Historical Society; the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award; the Interglobal’s International Infomercial Award; the Freddie Award; the Medical Media Public Service Award; Free Spirit honoree at Al Neuharth’s Freedom Forum; Inaugural Inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame
2008 (age 94): Inducted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (fellow 2005 inductee of the National Fitness Hall of Fame) and Maria Shriver into the California Hall of Fame

Set backs suck!

For those who have been injured know how much they suck. The time spent away from the gym, the pain, the frustration of losing mobility, etc can really drain you mentally more so than physically. I have had some strong shoulder pains for several months now and finally decided to have it looked at. To my lack of surprise I was given news that I did not want to hear. I have something called a SLAP Tear in my right shoulder. This type of injury prevents me from performing any sort of ‘push’ exercise such as bench press and shoulder presses. The pain is pretty intense so my physicality in the gym is definitely limited.

At this time I am going through therapy with resistance bands to try to strengthen my shoulder in hopes of the tear scarring over. I’m optimistic but history says that surgery may be best. Recovery after surgery is 6 weeks in a sling and and 4-6 months before full mobility is achieved! 6 months will be tough for me so unfortunately I may have no choice but to bow out of the 100K bodybuilding challenge that I blogged about earlier, bummer!