A Tribute

Recently, American Senior TV had the privilege of presenting our 1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Award to a genuine American legend – Jack LaLanne. Jack was a true pioneer. He revolutionized the world of fitness, exercise and weight training. His life mission was to help people to help themselves. So, let’s take Jack’s sage advice... ‘from the bottom of his athletic heart.’   "Get up, get moving and Live Young Forever."

Kerry Glusovich, American Senior TV

Jack LaLanne - The King of Fitness

1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Winner

Believe it or not, Jack LaLanne turned 96 on September 26. Astonishingly, for over 75 years he has inspired and motivated young and old, men and women, and people with disabilities to find the secrets to health and fitness.

However, America's #1 Physical Fitness Expert and Guru, admits it was not always this way. Like many people, he was a ‘sugarholic’ and junk-food junkie. "It made me weak, mean and sick," he says. Then, at the age of 15, with encouragement and prayer from his mother and church, he went to hear pioneer nutritionist Paul Bragg speak at the Oakland City Women's Club. After the speech, LaLanne realized he was addicted to sugar. Bragg promised him if he would exercise and eat a proper diet, he could regain his health. Fiercely determined to build a totally new Jack LaLanne, he began experimenting with weights and soon was able to attain the muscular, healthy body of his dreams. He also became a voracious reader, absorbing everything that would help to improve himself. "Gray's Anatomy was my bible." Later while in pre-med, studying to become a doctor, he also went to Chiropractic College and graduated. However, as he emphasizes in all of his books, including the latest one LIVE YOUNG FOREVER, "I was more interested in helping people by convincing them to take preventive measures, before they became ill." So, in 1936 Jack LaLanne opened the nation's first modern health studio. He was only 21 years old. "I was 40 years ahead of my time." He was right. At the time, doctors, trainers and coaches were against him. They said working out with weights would cause heart attacks, loss of sex drive, that women would look like men and athletes would become muscle bound. "Time has proven that what I was doing was scientifically correct; starting with a healthy diet followed by systematic exercise. Today, everyone knows it. All world class athletes work out with weights, as well as much of the general public, both male and female."

Over time, Jack began to develop the first prototypes of exercise equipment, now a standard in fitness and contemporary health spas. Too numerous to list all, his inventions include: The first leg extension machine, the first pulley machines using cables and the first weight selectors. He was also the first to have women work out with weights, and encouraged the elderly and disabled to exercise for better health.

In the early 1950’s, 2 new chapters emerged in the life of Jack LaLanne: Marriage and Television. You might say it was 2 marriages of sorts. Jack met his future wife Elaine at the ABC-TV affiliate, KGO-TV in San Francisco, and this is also where the Jack LaLanne TV Show was launched. His show was an instant nationwide hit, reaching millions with his gospel message to "get out of your chair, work out and feel better."

Many of the Jack LaLanne’s athletic feats would not have been believed, if they had not been documented on film and television. In 1954, he swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks... an undisputed world record! The next year, Jack swam handcuffed from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. In 1974 at age 60, for a second time, handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1000-pound boat, he did it again. Amazingly in 1984 at age 70, he towed 70 boats with 70 people... again handcuffed and shackled, a mile and a half from Queen's Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary.

To name just a few from the long list of honors and awards Jack has received, they include: State of California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award and he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2008 at age 94.

Befitting his contributions to the media in general and television in particular, Jack LaLanne was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.

His books, as well as wife Elaine's, a prolific author in her own right, (TOTAL JUICING) including their DVD's and The Jack LaLanne TV Shows from the 60's, have sold in the millions. Today, they have all have been re-mastered and are available on DVD. For those attempting to start or restart a diet and fitness program, the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer & Health Master is an excellent place to begin.

Often referred to as "The Godfather of Fitness," Jack LaLanne is without question a true pioneer. Fighting the established methods, he revolutionized the world of weight and fitness training. One of his books, FOREVER FIT, which includes a CD and 6 volumes, is a virtual bible for fitness - with 80 years of advice. The word legend is tossed around a lot, but it certainly applies to Jack LaLanne, though he is quick to shrug off the notion.

Jack LaLanne's mission has always been to help people. With all of his accomplishments, accolades and awards, he remains a humble, warm and generous man. He and wife Elaine are excellent examples of how to live our best life. If all of these milestones weren't enough, he is an accomplished singer, having studied opera, and recording a CD with renowned singer Connie Haines.

Today, Jack and his wife Elaine travel around the world lecturing and inspiring people of all ages to greater heights through exercise and nutrition. With that unmistakable gleam in his eye, he says "believe me, I can't die, it would ruin my image." In consideration of his lifelong contributions to fitness, exercise, weight training and proper diet, American Senior TV is proud to present Jack LaLanne its' "First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award."

For additional information on Jack and Elaine LaLanne's books, audio tapes and videos, please visit www.jacklalanne.com.