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Jack LaLanne

Francois Henri "Jack" LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes called "the godfather of fitness" and the "first fitness superhero." He described himself as being a "sugarholic" and a "junk food junkie" until he was 15. He also had behavioral problems, but "turned his life around" after listening to a public lecture by Paul Bragg, a well-known nutrition speaker. During his career, he came to believe that the country's overall health depended on the health of its population, writing that "physical culture and nutrition — is the salvation of America." Decades before fitness began being promoted by celebrities like Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons, LaLanne was already widely recognized for publicly preaching the health benefits of regular exercise and a good diet. He published numerous books on fitness and hosted a fitness television show between 1953 and 1985. As early as 1936, at age 21, he opened one of the nation's first fitness gyms in Oakland, California, which became a prototype for dozens of similar gyms using his name. One of his 1950s television exercise programs was aimed

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Jack LaLanne Honored By Three Fitness ICONS

Jack LaLanne Honored By Three Fitness ICONS

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Richard Simmons each brought their legendary physiques to Jack LaLanne's memorial service in L.A. yesterday to honor the late, great "Godfather of… READ MORE >

Tony Little -- Jack LaLanne Was My Homie

Tony Little -- Jack LaLanne Was My Homie

Tony Little -- the high energy fitness icon with the golden ponytail -- claims he's particularly broken up about the passing of Jack LaLanne because the two shared a pretty strong friendship. TMZ… READ MORE >

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Jack LaLanne's Son -- I'm Taking Over the Family Biz

Jack LaLanne's Son -- I'm Taking Over the Family Biz

Jack LaLanne's son says he is ready to carry on the family business ... and will take over his father's role as the company's official ultra-fit spokesperson. TMZ spoke with Jon LaLanne (pictured… READ MORE >

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Jack LaLanne Dead at 96

Jack LaLanne Dead at 96

Fitness legend Jack LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in California. He was 96.LaLanne hosted a popular workout show for several decades, opened a… READ MORE >

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