Monday, January 24, 2011

The Juice Tiger Guy

Fitness legend, Jack Lalanne, died at the age of 96. You may know him from the juice machine (the Juice Tiger) info-mercials.  However, he was a force in the fitness world for many years.  And an avocate for eating a primarily plant-based diet.  He has been quoted as saying "I don't eat anything that comes from a cow."  The only animal products he ate were fish and egg whites.  Below is a brief list of his accomplishments.

  • Invented original model of the Smith Machine
  • created health spa's/centers that eventually became Bally's Fitness (Bally's Swim & Fitness)
  • designed the first cable based/pulley system weight machines
  • in 1954 (age 40), he swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, underwater, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of equipment, including two air tanks. A world record.
  • in 1974 (age 60), for the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.
  • in 1984 (age 70), while handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, he towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile
Check out Jack's ridiculously long resume of accomplishments HERE

His official website HERE

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