Jack LaLanne, the fitness God from way back in the day, who continued being a strong and fit gentleman has passed away at the age of 96. Jack died of “respiratory failure due to pneumonia this afternoon at his home in Morro Bay” (on California’s central coast), his agent Rick Hersh gave in a statement to the press.
Jack’s wife Elaine gave a lovely written statement about her beloved husband:
“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.“
Here are a few of the amazing feats conquered by Jack over the years. I guarantee that your eyes will pop out…
1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks – an undisputed world record.1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA.
1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.
1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.
1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.
1959 Age 45: Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22 minutes. Happy is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide
1974 Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fishermanâ€™s Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1976 Age 62: Commemorating the Spirit of 76, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queens Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.
Jack LaLanne turned 93 in 2007. Who’s up for a rest day challenge of 1000 push-ups and 1000 pull-ups.
I know I feel lazy just reading about this man.
Time to rest, Jack. Good on ya.