10. Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne Dies

The godfather of fitness bid adieu at age 96

Jack LaLanne created the gym as we know it today.

Jack LaLanne created the gym as we know it today.     Photo: Courtesy of Youtube

Jack LaLanne created the gym as we know it today. In 1936, he opened a workout space in Oakland, California, complete with a juice bar and health food store. His fitness television show, which debuted in 1951, ran all the way to 1984.

LaLanne believed that exercise and proper nutrition were essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. Sure, that advice is obvious now, but 60 years ago his fitness ideas were revolutionary. “People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,” The New York Times quoted him as saying. “The doctors were against me — they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive.”

Perhaps the greatest endorsement for LaLanne’s strict nutrition and workout regimen is his longevity. At the time of his death in January at the age of 96, LaLanne outlived the average American male by 21 years.

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