As some of you may know Jack LaLanne recently passed away on January 23rd, 2011 of Pneumonia at the ripe age of 96. This post isn’t timely but I thought he deserved some mention for his influence on my work.
Jack LaLanne is truly an inspiration to many people, like myself. He’s an iconic representation of what it means to live a healthy life and he was FAR ahead of his time with his findings and advice on health and fitness back in the 50′s. It’s quite remarkable, looking back at his work on The Jack LaLanne Show especially when you consider the time in which the clips were recorded. Many of the health and fitness principles he espoused weren’t even firmly rooted in science until many years later and most of them still hold true. He was always decades ahead of the trends in the health and fitness industry. The essentials of living a healthy life will never change and not many could elucidate them quite like Jack did.
I’d like to note how he correlates the benefits of training the abdominal wall on digestion and organ health. His talks on this topic were done in the 50′s. The studies to prove it have been there for quite some time but its only been until recently that the National Academy of Sports Medicine actually acknowledged it in their textbook.