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Jack LaLanne

2005 NFHOF Inaugural Inductee

“The Godfather of Fitness”

Born: September 26, 1914

Died: January 23, 2011

Hometown: Morro Bay, CA


Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 - January 23, 2011)  is an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert, celebrity, lecturer, and motivational speaker who is widely referred to as "The Godfather of Fitness". Jack gained worldwide recognition for his success as a chiropractor and bodybuilder, and for his incredible and prodigious acts of strength and endurance. Through his career, he has won numerous awards including the Horatio Alger Award from the Association of Distinguished Americans, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was an inaugural inductee into The National Fitness Hall of Fame.

Jack was born 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.

In 1936 Jack opened his own health spa in Oakland, CA and dedicated his life to encouraging people to better themselves through exercise and fitness.  He designed the world's first leg extension machines, pulley machines using cables, and weight selectors, now a standard in the fitness industry.

Jack believed in daily, vigorous, systematic exercise and proper diet.  He once said, “My top priority in life is my workout each day.”  He and his wife Elaine would speak all over the world, inspiring people to help themselves to a better life, physically, mentally, and morally.  Arnold Schwarzenegger said of LaLanne, “Jack is the foundation of fitness in America and the world.  He is a great role model.”

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