Monday, January 24th, 2011

Jack LaLanne, 1914-2011

Fitness legend Jack LaLanne has gone to that Great Gym In The Sky. Here is what his typical day was like.

He ate two meals a day and shunned snacks.

Breakfast, following his morning workout, usually included several hard-boiled egg whites, a cup of broth, oatmeal with soy milk and seasonal fruit. For dinner he took his wife, Elaine, to restaurants that knew what he wanted: a salad with raw vegetables and egg whites along with fish — often salmon — and a mixture of red and white wine. He sometimes allowed himself a roast turkey sandwich, but never a cup of coffee.

So nearly 80 years of that and you still die anyway? Thanks, but no thanks! I'd rather a good forty-year run of booze, cigarettes, caffeine and hot wings and never going to the gym than 90-odd whatever years of egg whites and salad. I mean, different strokes and everything, but we all end up in the ground at the end. You might as well liver. (Haha, get it?)

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IBentMyWookie (#133)

Yeah, but don't you want to try swimming without a t-shirt on just once?

KarenUhOh (#19)

From a mid-90's Outside profile, referring to an interview in Playboy:

Jack suggested in the interview that regular cocaine snorters should take bonemeal supplements to replace the calcium loss in their nasal septums. He promoted dieting and weight loss to Playboy readers by noting that "if you have a six-inch tool and a 50-inch waistline, the thing doesn't look very big, does it?" Jack said, "When you married a beautiful girl and all of a sudden you start seeing her tits down to here and her breath stinks and she's not clean anymore and has no pride in herself, you can't love her. You may bullshit yourself, but you can't. Energy makes people beautiful. That's what charisma is. You don't want to be close to someone who's dead and crapped out all the time, who's bitching that it's a lousy fucking world and 'Christ, my ulcers are killing me.' Maybe 50 or 60 percent of all divorces are predicated on someone's being physically unfit."

deepomega (#1,720)

Living to 80 is bullshit. But feats of strength? Tell me you wouldn't want to be able tow 70 rowboats, Balk.

petejayhawk (#1,249)


deepomega (#1,720)


petejayhawk (#1,249)


MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

A quick Google to ask if he was actually mixing red and white wine TOGETHER, like, faux-rose? yielded this Babelfish gem:

Breakfast, following his sunrise workout, customarily enclosed multiform hard-boiled egg whites, the crater of broth, oatmeal with soy divert as well as anniversary fruit. For cooking he took his wife, Elaine, to restaurants which knew what he wanted: the salad with tender vegetables as well as egg whites along with fish — mostly salmon — as well as the reduction of red as well as white wine. He infrequently authorised himself the fry turkey sandwich, though never the crater of coffee.

hockeymom (#143)

Many years ago, my husband and I were seated with LaLanne at an awards show. After introducing ourselves, he turned to my husband and said "Your wife, she's got a nice rack." Then he poked me in the boob and gave my husband a thumbs up.

So rest in peace, Mr. LaLanne. You gave my husband an excuse to poke me in the chest for years then say "What, if Jack can do it, so can I."

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Best story ever? Best story ever.

deepomega (#1,720)

Watching that video, all I can say is that homeboy looooved talking about streetcars.

That is why everyone is so unhappy. We don't have streetcars anymore and there is no place to sing along with poor people.

cherrispryte (#444)

Team Balk Diet 4 LYFE.

(A short, slightly greasy life perhaps, but still.)

Oh also my grandfather's 86 and has lived off of vodka, oysters and butter pecan ice cream for most of his life and is still alive and kicking (well, shuffling now mostly) SO SUCK IT JACK LALANNE.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Hopefully your grandfather doesn't mix all of those things together when he eats them.

areaderwrites (#592)

Ernest Borgnine just turned 94, and it seems like he's probably had a hell of a lot more fun. This is more about genetics than behavior.

eithancreek (#9,573)

I can't believe he passed away. His story is such an awesome one. As someone who works out and values my health as well, he really inspired me to keep on going. I was reading an awesome article on him today that made me even more proud to say I was a Jack LaLanne fan. Definitely worth checking out.

SeaBassTian (#281)

Screw the LaLanne Meal Plan, I'm on Team Tostidos (but still not clicking that link.) My role models eschew decaf!

worst_1_yet (#681)

Made me wonder who asks for "cooked" as opposed to "raw" vegetables in a salad? It's kind of a given that the vegetables in a salad will be raw, idn't?

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