Throughout Jack LaLannes 70+ year career he motivated millions to help themselves by improving their health all over the world. Not only did he have the first ever modern health studio, which opened in 1936, He was also a pioneer in television. He is known as the man that kickstarted the American fitness revolution and is often called the “godfather of fitness.” He commonly said “ Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”
Jack was born in San Francisco and spent his youth growing up in Bakersfield California. From age 4-14 Jack often described himself as a “junk food junkie.” His lazy life eating poorly created many health problems for him early in life. By age 15 he was so sick he had to drop out of school for 6 months. Around this time his mother took him to a health food lecture by a man named Paul Bragg. The lecture was full and as Jack and his mother were about to turn around and leave Mr. Bragg pulled up two seats on the stage and refused to let them miss the lecture. It must have been something in the lecture but when Jack got home he reflected and prayed to have the courage to stay away from the poor food and from that day on he had the motivation to change not only his life but an entire nations!
His new found motivation prompted him to buy the book “Grey’s Anatomy” where hr learned the inner workings of the human body. He joined a local YMCA in Berkeley where he discovered weights. He duplicated them at home and began devising exercises. He soon achieved the body of his dreams. He even became a champion wrestler on the Olympic team in 1936.
Resolving to help others achieve the same accomplishments and share the secrets of health and vitality, he opened the first ever modern gym “the Jack LaLanne Physical Culture Studio.” An accomplishment that changed the fitness world as we know it, but at the time he was heavily ridiculed and criticized for charging money for people to exercise. Doctors told him he would give men heart attacks and make them lose their sex drive and woman would look like men. Coaches banned their athletes from lifting weights because they would be musclebound and slow. All things that in todays modern world were proven un true.
Fast Forward to present day and we know now that everything Jack learned and preached from the beginning was completely true and he worked hard in his life to make it known. allowing woman to weight train has created the best generations of healthy woman and athletes. Allowing athletes to train has made them faster and stronger than ever. Not to mention fitness enters and gyms are almost on every street corner, every hotel and almost every one of those gyms has machines Jack invented! Things such as the leg extension machine and the weight selectors. Jack single handedly paved the way for a healthy future in America and asked for nothing in return.
Modern nutrition was no different either. Knowing where to get the right nutrients in food was something Jack preached to anyone who would listen. He was a pioneer of juicing to get the nutrients from vegetables and he also invented the first ever protein powders and instant breakfasts to help you get fast access to protein and vitamins in a busy day.
All of this only scratches the surface of the legacy Jack has left behind. He has countless world records of feats of strength, He was an early Television pioneer, a pioneer of infomercials and television advertising, a chiropractor, an army veteran and countless more!
To hear the full story keep an eye out for the full autobiography coming out soon!