Jack LaLanne - The Incredible Story of The Godfather of Fitness

By Jude Whitbread, Legends Report Contributor

When looking to challenge the conventional way of doing things, facing criticism is to be expected! Any pioneer who has gone against the grain has been prepared to face this because of their courage and conviction.

Most of us don’t dwell too much on our gym’s origins while mid-crunch or mid-bench press but a certain fitness pioneer, Jack LaLanne, deserves a moment’s thought for us. One of his many achievements included opening the first modern fitness centre in 1936 at Oaklands, California. He went on to make America’s first TV exercise and nutrition show, invented resistance machines and even swam while towing boats - no fewer than 70 - at 70!

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