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Jack LaLanne: Experts remember the Godfather of fitness

By That’s Fit

Jack LaLanneJack LaLanne passed away Sunday at the age of 96 from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia, and although the man himself is gone, there’s no doubt his legacy and influence will live on through the current generation of trainers and exercise enthusiasts. After all, before LaLanne came along, people over 40 weren’t encouraged to exercise and women were told that lifting any weights would make them look masculine.

Here’s what several leading fitness experts had to say about how LaLanne influenced their lives and careers.

Denise Austin: He gave me my first start on television in 1981, and I have been a close and dear friend of his ever since. He’s been my mentor; he’s so funny, and I’ve learned so much from him. I’m really going to miss him. I’m honored that he was my mentor because he was such an icon. He was the godfather of fitness, that’s for sure! He loved what he did. He was so proud of helping America get in shape. He always said to me, ‘We still have work to do, Denise! We have a lot more work to do!’ I was honored to give him a lifetime achievement award two years ago with the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports. That was really a highlight of my whole career.

Harley Pasternak: He essentially created fitness. He espoused all the right things. Eat right and exercise daily. No magic pills, no vibrating plates, and quick fixes. I wish he was still here. I know I wouldn’t have my career without Jack LaLanne being Jack LaLanne. Read more…