Jack LaLanne, a man ahead of his time, was into fitness before fitness was in. He opened the very first modern Health Club in 1936 in Oakland, CA. He developed the first cable pulley and leg extension machine along with the first weight selector, now standards in the fitness industry. Jack was a Chiropractor, body builder, and personal trainer who gained worldwide recognition for his success on his Television Show that ran nationwide for 34 years. He was and is still known as an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert, and motivational speaker who is widely referred to as "The Godfather of Fitness". Through his career, LaLanne won numerous awards including the Horatio Alger Award, President’s Council of Physical Fitness Silver Anniversary Award, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jack LaLanne was born September 26, 1914 in San Francisco, CA and admittedly, during his childhood days was addicted to sugar and junk foods. At age 15, young Jack heard Paul Bragg speak on health and nutrition which had such a powerful influence, it motivated Jack to focus on his diet and exercise habits.
He studied Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, concentrated on bodybuilding, Chiropractic and weightlifting, something virtually unheard of in the 1930s. In 1936 he opened the very first modern health club and developed some of the modern equipment whose principles are still used today. Jack was truly a pioneer.
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