In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Elaine LaLanne takes us on her journey to becoming a legend of physical culture, a super wife to Jack LaLanne, and living proof of all that a woman can be. During our discussion, Elaine teaches you the importance of putting effort in everything that you do, so you can live a life worth talking about. In this interview, Elaine will inspire you with her no nonsense approach to fitness, stories of the past, and an infectious passion for living a full and happy life.
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[0:00:18.1] RT: What’s up Strength Maniacs? And thanks for tuning in. As many of you know, the godfather of fitness, Jack LaLanne, and his 70 plus year career motivated millions of people around the world to improve their health. Well he didn’t do it alone. As they say, behind every successful man is a woman in fact, let me read what the godfather himself had to say about this.
If you were around her for any length of time, you will find her enthusiasm for life is contagious. She can do pushups, chin-ups, she’s a terrific golfer, swimmer and all-around athlete. She’s an author, lecturer, civic leader in fact she runs Befit Enterprises and jacklalanne.com. “She is super wife and good friend. To me, she is living proof of all that a woman can be.”
Jack is of course describing his wonderful and beautiful wife Elaine LaLanne whom he called Lala and we’re going to get in to what that is all about and the history of that. And I’m honored to say that she is today’s very special guest. At the age of 27, she was living on chocolate, donuts, candy, soft drinks, hotdogs, ice cream, and smoked cigarettes. That all change after meeting Jack. She did a complete 180 with her lifestyle and ever since then has preached the fitness message to all who would listen.
Today at 90 years young, Elaine claims she feels 29. She invigorates everything that Jack stood for, she has never slowed down and can still do full body pushups. She looks young, acts young, and inspires people around the world to be young at any age. She has written five books, Fitness After 50, Dynastride!, Fitness After 50 Workout, Total Juicing and Eating Right For a New You.
Elaine and the family are putting the finishing touches on Jack’s Autobiography and video documentary. She continues to preach Jack’s message through her lectures and personal appearances, she can be seen on the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer infomercials and his exercise shows soon to be online.Currently, Elaine has been working with Universal Studios to create the first Jack LaLanne physical fitness studio in over 30 years at the Cabana bay resort in Orlando Florida. You can connect with Elaine by visiting JackLaLanne.com. I started off by calling you Ms. LaLanne but I think you prefer me to use another name and we’ll get into that as well.
[0:02:43.7] EL: There is a story behind it. In other words — hi everybody. There is a story behind my name “Lala”. You see, Elaine LaLanne and one day I was being introduced by a friend and this friend was introducing me, “This is Elaine Elaine, I mean, this is LaLanne LaLanne. I mean…” he got all confused and Jack says, “Oh, just call her Lala,” and so that’s how I got my name Lala. Now everybody usually calls me Lala and you can call me Lala too if you want, okay?
[0:03:17.5] RT: Thank you Lala, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you on the show. So if that’s what you prefer…
[0:03:22.7] EL: My son Jon LaLanne, they call him Lala too. So he’s here today too and he makes surf boards and he’s a cheflalanne.com. So he’s around here and so if you want to talk to him later, he’s here.
[0:03:36.3] RT: Definitely I’ll get in to it.
[0:03:39.8] EL: Let’s go, whenever you want to talk about, I’m here.
[0:03:42.7] RT: Okay, well how about you take us back to the beginning and let’s just go through a little bit here. But there’s so much to talk about your life, about Jack. There’s so many things that we can get into. His birthday feats, him having the longest running fitness show on TV. I mean there’s just so much pioneering and so many things and you were with him step by step, every single step of the way.
[0:04:02.1] EL: Right.
[0:04:03.9] RT: You were helping him along and doing that as well with him and I would just, like I said, I’d like to start in the beginning here and let’s just talk a little bit about that and let’s touch on some highlights because there is just so much to cover.
[0:04:14.1] EL: All right, well I will just highlight that I met Jack when I was on television and I started in television 1948 and I was an hour and a half show every day from four to six. Television was just beginning then and they were just starting, they only shows that were on in those days were late in the afternoon or in the evening and then later on when Jack when in 1951 and around that time they started coming on earlier in the morning at 9 o’clock.
However, I got this call from Oakland California from this gym and it was a physical culture studio that Jack LaLanne physical culture studio and this gal said, “I’ve got a guy over here who can do pushups for your whole show.” I said, “Oh boy, that will be great, we’ll just go over there and we’re doing an hour and a half show, we’ll pan over to him.” We had a 12 piece orchestra left over from radio and so it was kind of like the Today Show or the Tonight Show, it was on from 4:30 to 6. He came up and did pushups for the entire hour and a half and that’s how I met him and that was 1951.
Now, fast forward to, that was a little before 1951. In ’51 he started showing KGO TV in San Francisco and for a half hour and it was right after a kid’s show that was beginning. So he’d get the kids and he’d say, “Now, if you go get mommy and daddy, I’ll do a trick for you,” and he had a white dog and so the dog would do a trick or he would do a trick and they’d run and get mommy and daddy and that’s how he started getting all the people to come to his show. So that’s kind of how we met and then I always tell everybody we danced in a company party and we danced ever since. There you go, that’s the beginning. That’s that one.
[0:05:58.7] RT: All those years ago, amazing. Now okay, you mentioned something kind of, we just passed over very quickly, you said he did pushups for an hour and a half, was this continuous or was he taking breaks?
[0:06:08.8] EL: Continuous and he did it continuously and then about a week or two later, there was a national show called You Asked For It and it was on ABC and the day he was on he did 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on the Art Baker’s You Asked For It program nationally.
See Jack trained for endurance and strength and he didn’t think — a lot of people will do bodybuilding and they’ll do it just for strength and then they’ll lift all the bars but he trained for both, endurance and strength and also symmetrical body. He had a 48 inch chest, 28 inch waist and he had a tremendous body. Not very tall but his body was very well proportioned and that was his schtick.
[0:07:02.2] RT: I saw a photo of him I believe on the cover of strength and health and I think it was the strength and health magazine cover from years and years ago. Just like he said tremendous. It’s interesting that he focused on strength and endurance. Arthur Sacks…
[0:07:17.9] EL: And nutrition. I mean exercise — this is his his motto, this is Jack. “Exercise is king, nutrition’s queen, put them together and you got a kingdom.”
[0:07:30.4] RT: He has a lot of sayings like that. What was another one that he had? It was, “A moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips.”
[0:07:35.5] EL: “10 seconds in the lips and a lifetime on the hips.”
[0:07:38.9] RT: So many of them and they were fantastic. Just so much energy. He just had such a passion.
[0:07:45.1] EL: One more, “Don’t exceed the speed limit,” which is pretty cool.
[0:07:49.7] RT: I think he had another tip that I picked up from him. It was, when having a salad, I think it was him. He said, have the dressing on the side and just dip your fork in the dressing as you eat the salad.
[0:08:00.5] EL: Yeah right, yeah. And you still get the taste of the salad dressing but you’re not gobbling up a lot of extra calories.
[0:08:08.2] RT: Exactly because you’re not drowning the salad in the dressing.
[0:08:11.8] EL: Right, yeah.
[0:08:12.3] RT: Amazing. Okay, how much of a shock to the system was it for you when you joined that first class I believe with him and you went from eating like we said, the donuts and smoking and the candies and all the sweets to all of a sudden transforming your life. What happened there? How did that happen?
[0:08:30.1] EL: I was a swimmer in the Minneapolis Aqua Follies in the early 40’s and I was in pretty good shape and when I hear Jack, if you hear him, he’s so dynamic and he was so convincing that you just have to take a look at yourself so I took. He was to say, take a look at yourself, take all your clothes off and go in the mirror and take a look at yourself.
So I did, I went home that day and I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, “Oh my gosh, this sands of time are shifting.” That’s when I took a look and my chest was going into my waist line, my waist line was getting thicker and my legs were getting that kind of washboard look. And I’m like, “No, I’m 27 practically,” and so I’m thinking I’m really old.
Little did I know I’d live to this age. That’s when I said, he’s really got something here and I wanted to do it. I just wanted to change my habits because I wanted to be young again because I thought I was really old. So that’s when I changed my habits. I went home and I threw out everything I used to fry and I just did cut out white sugar and white flower and I didn’t need any sweets anymore and he said, “The only thing good about the donut is the hole in the middle.” So I was happy about the hole in the middle and I didn’t think about that anymore.
[0:10:00.0] RT: Okay, here’s something I’d like to ask. When people watch Jack, you could see quite a few of his videos online if you go on there and you can see his personality, it was very, like you said, very direct, very forward. Very positive, very high energy but he was quick to point out things.
Nowadays, there’s a lot more coddling that happens and people just don’t seem to point things out like kind of what he said to you, “Go home, go in front of the mirror…” to the class he said this I imagined, “…and just take a look at yourself. Take your clothes off and take a look at yourself. Take a hard look at yourself.”
Nowadays, you don’t really get too many people talking like that. Which way do you think is the better way of going about it, being much more direct? “Listen, there’s an issue, we need to deal with the issue,” or the way that they do it nowadays, much more politically correct and they kind of tippy toe around it and they don’t really point out issues the way that I find they did in the past.
[0:10:48.5] EL: Probably namby pambies you know? I really think, of course I grew up in a different era, and we are becoming I think weak because we’re being babied and we have to grow up. I don’t think we’re growing up. I mean I think we’re growing down. To me I think being direct about it is better than the other way.
Jack always says, “Life is tough, that’s like going to a — bodybuilding as tough. Life is tough and you got to train like you’re going to the Olympics,” he said. So people are really hiding behind the social media right now. It’s becoming little too much I think but that’s my opinion. I’m 90 years old and I grew up the tough way, you know? I wasn’t babied in the days. Wait till your read Jack’s autobiography we’re writing. We’re finishing his autobiography and you should see the stuff that he had to go through as a kid — I just lost you.
[0:12:00.0] RT: No, I’m here. I’m all ears. I think it means a lot though coming from you. You know, this is just your opinion but I think it means a lot and I’m just going to say it. I mean you are 90 and you happen to be a woman and this is your opinion about things. You’re not some 30 year old guy that’s just fresh out of the military that has his attitude.
No, no, no. What a lot of people would assume you’d be somebody who would maybe say the opposite of what you just said. It sounds like you truly believe that there is benefit in being much more direct with things and making things a little bit, you know, maybe a little tough than what they are.
[0:12:37.9] EL: I definitely believe and you talk to anybody that came up the hard way and they always say that they feel much better about life because they can take life. If you’re babied all the way, you know you’re going to be babied the rest of your life and you’re going to be complaining and you’re never going to be happy. “Life is a battlefield,” as Jack said. You just have to take what comes.
[0:13:09.5] RT: Yeah and I mean there’s truth to that, and at the end of the day, the reality is we’re competing with time and time doesn’t really go easy on us.
[0:13:17.5] EL: I think this political correctness really does hurt people because they’re not used to anything else, they’re just going to continue to complain, that’s my opinion.
[0:13:31.9] RT: Yeah I agree. So how about you give us a couple of examples of what you mean by the hard way versus — and let’s keep it, I guess, fitness and nutrition right now. What are some examples that you could give us between the hard way versus trying to make it the easy way. Just to kind of make this resonate a little bit more with people so they have some examples they can take home with them.
[0:13:52.6] EL: The hard way, if you’re having a time with say nutrition. It’s hard to — I’d have to think about this for a minute because the hard way, when we were young, of course it was the depression and people have easy time now even though they have television. We didn’t have television, we had to make our own toys when we were young. People don’t make their own toys anymore, we took a thread, a spool and we would make cars out of it.
When the mother was done sewing and we have to do our own socks, we have holes on our socks, people don’t have holes in their socks anymore or holes in their shoes. That’s the hard way. When we were young, we had to make our own as I say, we got an inner tube, we use that, we cut out the inner tube and make a rubber gun out of it and we would make cars out of the spools of thread and just anything we could get our hands on.
Today, you don’t do that. That’s the hard way. When you come up that way, you appreciate life much more than having things handed to you on a silver platter. There’s really no excuses for anything. If you were a person who is complaining all the time and you’re making excuses, you have to take responsibility for yourself. If you have a problem and you try to blame it on somebody else and it’s really yours. Own up to the fact, you’ll feel better about it. So I think I’ve expounded enough on that probably.
[0:15:49.6] RT: Now, okay let’s change gears a little bit here. In terms of physical fitness and nutrition, it’s Paul Bright, correct? I think that’s who Jack originally went to.
[0:16:03.2] EL: He was a lecture and Jack was in school and he was sick all the time. So they took him on the school because he was forever getting sick and there was a lady by the name of Mrs. Joy that lived next door to Jack and his mom and dad. Mrs. Joy suggested that Jack would go with the Oakland city women’s club. He’s 14 and a half and they just moved back from Bakersfield where Jack lived 10 years on a ranch, his grandfather’s ranch.
He bulked at the fact that they were going to take him to this lecture about nutrition and about. He had a goal and his mother and he walked into this auditorium at the Oakland City Women’s club and it was full. They turned to go away and there was a man up on the stage that said, “Lady with the little boy, we don’t turn anybody away here. Ushers bring to the seats and put them up on the stage.” Jack had boils and pimples and glasses and our supports and braces and all that sort of thing and he tells it, he just wanted to just curl up and die.
But he said, there was one thing that this man said and that was Paul Bragg. He said, “I don’t care what your age is, I don’t care what your physical condition is, you can be reborn again,” and that hit him like a big light bulb and he could be reborn again, and he talked about — Jack was on human garbage can and people were garbage cans when they eat all this stuff and it isn’t good for them. Jack just turned his life around and he went the —after the lecture he went to see Paul Bragg.
Paul Bragg talked to him for about an hour and he went home and got down on his knees and he prayed and he said, “Dear god, give me the fortitude to refrain from eating all this junk food that I’ve been eating,” and that’s — he changed his life and joined the local YMCA and he learned to wrestle and he became an AAU champion wrestler and there was a box at the YMCA. And these guys were going to unlock the box and they take these weights out and they lift the weights up and work around with his weights and Jack was enthralled with these weights and he said, “I want to work out with those weights,,” even though he’s 14 and a half or 15 and then they laughed at him, he says, “Hey kid, you’re too young for this,” and they made fun of him.
So Jack says, if I wrestle you and I pin you, will you let me work out with those weights and he wrestled him and Jack was like five seven, these guys were like six feet and he wrestled both of them and he pinned them both and that’s how he got to work out with the weights. That’s where he got his really start and then he watched Grey’s Anatomy and he read it cover to cover and he learned all the workings of the body and he started a gym in his backyard and he had the local firemen and this was, as years went by, he was in high school and he just worked out these guys, fireman and police men were to get in shape. They had to get in shape to become a fireman or a police man.
That’s how he started his — that’s what he wanted to do, he opened his physical culture studio and he opened it in 1936 in Oakland California on 14th and a street in Oakland California. That’s kind of the story and it’s in his autobiography that were coming out with. It’s also, we have an autobiography of him on Roku that’s streaming right now if you have Roku, we have a show streaming and we also have his autobiography on there, it’s about 45 minutes.
Yeah, the first modern gym with plants and mirrors and in those days, the people that work out with weights, they were bodybuilders and they worked out with clean and jerk and all that stuff. He is the one that really put a modern gym with the plants and the mirrors and it really looked nice. That’s how he started this. Then he went on Chiropractic College and learned more about the workings of the body. That’s why he knew all about the workings of the body.
[0:20:40.7] RT: That’s not all he did. He did so much more. He invented quite a few machines.
[0:20:46.4] EL: In other words in high school, the last football game — he was the captain of the football team and the last game he was hit and he had a big knee injury and the doctor said he’d probably never walk properly again. He rehabilitated himself with this knee and he invented the leg extension machine.
He was all over the world today and I have the very first one here. He took his ideas down to a blacksmith in Oakland California and he had that. Then he had an idea for, he had many other ideas and weight selector. Today you’ll find, you’ll have weight selectors but he had the very first weight selector, you select the weights, you’d pull up the weight with the pulleys. They had pulleys in those days but they didn’t have any weight selectors. So he’s the inventor of the weight selector and.
[0:21:46.9] RT: Yeah, just the weight stack right? With the pins.
[0:21:50.4] EL: Yeah. He’s got a lot that. A lot of firsts.
[0:21:53.5] RT: Tremendous amount and speaking of other accomplishments. Nowadays, there’s something called CrossFit and that’s a pretty big deal, a lot of people are amazed by these athletes and the things that they can do, they have this strength endurance aspect to it. Jack was doing things decades ago that are absolutely mind boggling and you just mentioned a few of them earlier with the pushups.
I’m going to read a few more of them off here and you’ve probably heard of this so many different times, you hear people bring this up but I mean, it’s just absolutely mind boggling that he did this. Here we go, here’s a few of them.
So He swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while wearing handcuffs, at 42, he set the world record for pushups by doing over a thousand in 23 minutes, you had mentioned that. At 45, he did a thousand jumping jacks and a thousand pull-ups in one hour and 22 minutes. At the age of 60, he swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s wharf the second time but this time, not only did he wear handcuffs but he towed a thousand pound boat behind him as he did it.
What else? He could do — get this guys, there’s a pushups called like a superman pushup and some people know about this nowadays, it’s basically, just imagine a regular pushup but you stretch your arms way, way, way, way out so…
[0:23:08.1] EL: Fingertip, they call them fingertip pushups.
[0:23:10.0] RT: Right.
[0:23:11.6] EL: Then he could do one hand, he could do a pushup with one hand with his fingertips too.
[0:23:16.0] RT: In that position right?
[0:23:17.1] EL: Yeah. He could walk on his hands as well as he could walk on his feet. It’s amazing.
[0:23:24.9] RT: Well how about this one? At the age of 70, he swam one and a half miles, you want to finish this one? Along the California coast from Queen’s way bridge?
[0:23:34.3] EL: He swam one and a half miles, this is 62nd birthday.
[0:23:39.5] RT: I think this may have been. No, this was his 70th.
[0:23:42.8] EL: His 70th birthday. He towed 70 boats was setup, a person in each boat and some of his friends were you know, Jack never told people they had to lose in weight or they had to… he never told them what to do. If people were interested, he would go way out of his way to save them but unless you asked him, he wouldn’t go to you and say you should be doing this, you should be doing this.
Some of his friends weighed like 250 pounds in those boats and they towed him a mile and a half in long beach harbor, they call it the queen Mary mile in Long beach harbor on his 70th birthday and it was quite a feat. Jon, our son was there on all those locations and especially when he swam underneath the golden gate bridge.
[0:24:34.5] RT: The whole length.
[0:24:36.0] EL: Yeah, underneath the golden gate bridge. Jon would go down and you could talk to him later, you can ask him about it, about that.
[0:24:44.4] RT: One thing we need to add though, we’re forgetting something here with the towing the 70 boats. He was wearing handcuffs. His hands were handcuffed and shackles.
[0:24:51.3] EL: The feet shackle.
[0:24:53.0] RT: His feet were shackled.
[0:24:53.9] EL: People would say — yeah, his feet were shackled too. His feet and his hands were shackled and people said, “How do you swim with your feet and hands shackled?” It was like a porpoise, that’s all I can think of, it’s the way a porpoise swims.
[0:25:14.7] RT: Jon, if you’re there, this would be a great time to be joining the call.
[0:25:17.8] EL: Yeah. Jon, this is a good time. This is our son Jon LaLanne and he was there on all those swims and you want to talk about the first swim you did with him and how you trained for it?
[0:25:31.4]JL: No, I just want to talk about the first swim period that I saw when it was about 40 degrees outside and we’re out there on the boat in about, I’d say 7 AM, and dad’s in speedos and he hops into the San Francisco water with no wetsuit and we’re in jackets and pea coats and jeans, freezing. He did the whole swim when he was 60 with is hands and feet tied, from Alcatraz to the mainland with no wetsuit.
[0:26:02.7] EL: Yeah, and then tell him about the next year he swam underneath the golden gate bridge and…
[0:26:10.5] JL: Well he stopped because he said,” I’m using a wetsuit this time.”
[0:26:14.1] EL: Right. The thing is, when he was 40 years old, he swam underneath the golden gate bridge handcuffed and he didn’t have to have any certificate or anything like that in those days but now, he was going to swim underneath the golden gate again at 61 years old and now he had to be certified although he had done it before and all this and that. Tell him about the certification Jon.
[0:26:39.8] JL: Well we had to take the patty course. It was required to do anything underwater and dad and I went down to dive and surf in Redondo beach and I kind of checked on him about every 20 minutes during that swim. He swam underwater from Alcatraz to the mainland with his hands and feet tied, towing a boat.
[0:27:01.0] RT: Jon, just one second, I don’t mean to cut you off here but was he wearing scuba gear?
[0:27:05.3] JL: Yes, this time he was wearing scuba gear. That’s why we had to take Patty because he want to do it underwater. Well the water is really murky, there are sharks and I went down to check on him to see that he wasn’t bitten by the man in the grey suit, they had guys on the boats with guns and I’d go down every 20 minutes to check on him. Now his light went out at the very end and I…
[0:27:28.0] EL: Explain the light. He had to have a — from the boat they put a light down because it’s so murky down there. Because if you’re swimming and you don’t know which way you’re swimming. So he had to go straight across.
[0:27:41.3] JL He had to follow a light.
[0:27:42.4] EL: Yeah, he had to follow the light so he would be going straight across otherwise he’d be going all around and maybe swept out to sea, you know?
[0:27:51.8] JL: The light went out and at the very end. I cocked in the water and actually guided him into shore. I actually came in handy. We took the certification course together, it was really fun but doing it with all that gear on was just as tough as all the other swims and we actually had a really good time doing it.
The one when he was 60, when he had no wetsuit on, that water up at San Francisco harbor, it’s freezing up there. Absolutely freezing. Just the fact that he endured, that amount of cold water for two hours. Took ice baths, mom would give them ice baths to train for this feat.
[0:28:30.2] EL: Yeah, I had to go down in the ice house in Hollywood and get a big 50 pound bag of ice and I would dump it over him and he’d sit there an hour getting ready for that swim.
[0:28:46.5] RT: Unbelievable.
[0:28:49.6] JL: We go back to the hard way.
[0:28:52.3] RT: Yeah, big time.
[0:28:53.5] JL: It’s usually the most rewarding. The hard road is usually the most rewarding because you put the work in, you get the results but it’s just getting to do that first step and what I like to tell people is this. If you want to do something and it’s really difficult, you try. You just try, you do a little bit, then you go back and you try again and if you just do the action of trying, that leads you to the next step and before you know it, you’ve changed your whole life.
But it’s just getting through the first little step to make that change and I think when mom was speaking about excuses, a lot of people are honest. I’m a surfer, I was out in the water and there was a gentleman out there and he was a little overweight and he found out who I was, “And he goes, “I really want to lose weight but I can’t stop eating pasta.”
I go, well there’s your answer right there right? He knew it, a lot of us know it, a lot of us know what we’re doing wrong but we continue to do it. It’s the difference between making the effort and actually making it come true by baby steps or just a whole lifestyle change, the action of trying. TRY. You’ll find the real you if you just try.
[0:30:18.4] EL: Yeah. There you go, that’s a little story on the swims.
[0:30:25.5] RT: Okay, what we’re going to do here, take a quick break and I’m going to come right back. So guys, you’re listening to the Super Strength show, we have the lovely Elaine Lalanne on the call here along with her son as well Jon and we’ll be right back.
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[0:31:45.1] RT: All right guys, we’re back with our special guest, Elaine LaLanne and her son Jon LaLanne and let’s get back into this guys, so much to talk about, so much to cover. During the break, we were just talking back and forth and here’s the thing. Jon, yourself, you mentioned prior to the break that a lot of times, people, they pretty much know what they have to do to achieve, let’s say their health or fitness goals, the example was.
The guy who was overweight who said I eat too much pasta, I got to eat less pasta. What do I need to do? Well, you just answered the question for yourself. A lot of people though believe that it’s very complicated possibly to get into shape or maybe what it is, possibly some people are looking for the easy way out, the easy button, some magical pill that they could take a supposed to doing the basics, eating healthy, getting some exercise in on the daily basis.
The question I’d like to ask is, was it overly complicated in terms of what you guys had to do from day to day in terms of your nutrition and training or were there certain routine or habits that you followed that pretty much anybody can follow?
[0:32:51.5] EL: Right. It was not, no it wasn’t. It wasn’t hard to do. If you make up your mind to do something and everybody says, “I don’t have the willpower,” but everybody has willpower because they get up in the morning and they put on their shoes and that’s willpower. Everybody has willpower but it’s being motivated and I think once you’re motivated then you can go full speed ahead. No, it was not hard.
When I made up my mind that that’s what I was going to do. I found out that eating properly was easy. It was not only more nutritious but it was delicious, nutritious and delicious. When you decide to make the lifestyle change, it’s easy. It’s not complicated at all but it’s all in your mind and you wanted to know about what habits that we get in to, you were asking about our habit is hard to change.
You can change. Jack always said, “You can change bad habits for good habits. All you have to do is make the change.:
?Okay, if you got a bad habit, okay, decide, well my bad habit is this, what do I do to change it? Well, you go over here and you’ll say well, I’ll change it and it’s the incentive that you have to change it.
People will say well Jack, do you like to exercise? He said no, but I like the results. There you go, that’s in a nutshell. The results are what you want and that’s the whole thing in a nutshell.
[0:34:27.3] RT: Yeah, actually that’s a really good point, instead of thinking, I just really don’t want to go do this mild jog or swim or whatever it may be, this hour in the gym. Instead of thinking that, if you focus instead on like you said the results, I’m going to have a body that looks like this or functions like this or feels much better. That invigorates you and if you just keep focusing on that, it will get you through the workouts.
[0:34:50.1] EL: That’s right, that’s right.
[0:34:53.3] JL: It’s like this. I was a little overweight at a certain point in my life. I had a 33 waist and I didn’t like it hanging over my belt and I went to dad. I said, “Dad, I don’t like this.” He says, “Keep your calories under 1,500 a day for a man, a thousand for a woman.” I got myself a calorie book and I actually followed through. Now, for anybody who is overweight or who is unhappy with themselves and they know what to do, it’s the lifestyle change. You don’t do it temporarily. You make it your life.
Take for instance. I am a surfer, okay? To do this sport, it’s one of the most difficult sports in the world to learn, okay? So you’ve got to spend a lot of time, you got to make a lifestyle change. I made it my lifestyle. It’s kept me in shape all these years, I do other activities, but you’ve got to make the conscious decision to go full steam ahead.
Anybody can do this and you think of the result, you think of the incentive. How are you going to look? How are you going to feel after you make this change? And like mom said earlier, health food taste good these days. I had to drink desiccated liver tablets with cod liver oil and all of this things but it was the most discussing thing and dad never forced us to do anything but he guilted you into it, right?
So I had to hold my nose and take this drink every morning and it was all this vitamins and it tasted terrible and another example is my birthday cake. Well they made a whole wheat birthday cake back in the 60’s and it tasted like it was the consistency of cardboard, it didn’t taste like cardboard, it was the consistency of cardboard, and I demanded a real birthday cake at my next birthday.
Nowadays, health food taste good and you want to read your labels. If the label has too many ingredients, look at the ingredients of freshly made piece of bread. There’s about six ingredients and then you buy something with the preamble for war and peace, those ingredients aren’t supposed to be in there. You want to watch what you eat, you want to watch how much you eat and make that change, it’s hard. It is hard at first but then once you see the results, that gives you incentive to keep going and then it’s almost like an addiction to get across to the other side. Hopefully that sets.
[0:37:20.9] RT: Exactly. No, definitely, completely. Again, I think coming back to what your mother had said, if the focus is consistently on the results and the results you’re getting and the results you ultimately want to achieve, focusing on that, that is much more invigorating than let’s say the pain of a workout if that’s not your thing.
Now, some people, I absolutely love going and training. I just absolutely love it because I know what that leads to. But just everything from perfecting the form to the way the body feels, your heart rate is increasing, perspiring, all that stuff is fantastic but some people again, it’s just not their thing but if they can instead focus on what the end result will be, that gives them a kind of like an invigorating type of energy to get them through it.
[0:38:07.7] EL: I’m looking at your picture right now and you’re in good shape.
[0:38:11.2] RT: Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
[0:38:13.8] EL: Jack would say, in his lectures he’d say, “You know my wife” — what did he say?
[0:38:19.8] JL: You’re in pretty good shape.
[0:38:22.4] EL: He’d say, “My wife’s in pretty good shape for the condition she’s in.”
[0:38:27.4] RT: Wise guy, huh?
[0:38:28.9] EL: He had a great sense of humor.
[0:38:30.7] RT: Actually, I met Tommy Kono a few years ago in Hawaii and at the Y, I was lucky enough that he put me through a little work out and he was giving me some pointers and whatnot and I was asking him questions about all the guys at the magazines from way back when. There’s somebody by the name of Brooks Kubic who wrote a book called Dinosaur Training and the reason why dinosaur is because the type of training he recommends is the old school method type of training with the stuff that Elaine, yourself and Jack, the type of stuff that you guys grew up with.
So I learned about all these people from back in the day, from Jack to, I mean there was so many people that he mentioned. Davis, Stanko, Shemanski, all these greats, Kono. So I was asking him. He mentioned Jack LaLanne to me and one of the biggest things he said was just the amount of energy he had when he walked into a room, “Hi, I’m Jack LaLanne.”
[0:39:24.6] EL: I know. Jack had fantastic energy and everybody loved Jack.
[0:39:31.0] JL: He wasn’t born with it though. He was given that energy through his lifestyle choices when he met Paul Bragg. He became a different person.
[0:39:39.9]RT: Yeah, I think that’s important to point out, because a lot of people nowadays especially, are very quick to think — because we get fed this kind of stuff where, “Oh it was genetics therefore it’s not possible for me if I don’t currently have it.”
[0:39:51.4] EL: As Jack, I’ll go back to what I said earlier, Jack keeps saying, “You can change bad habits for good habits. Change bad habits for good habits.” If I’ve heard him say it once, I’ve heard him say it a million times.
[0:40:06.6] JL: Somebody on Facebook said, it’s genes. I said, “Yes, take a perfectly healthy person, say me, put me on a terrible diet, put me behind a computer for a whole week and I’ll have big jeans.”
[0:40:21.1] RT: That’s true though, it’s very true. I think a lot of people sometimes because of either, who knows, the media, sports? We may see people at the pinnacle of athletic abilities let’s just say and fitness and whatnot and they think, “Well that’s not me and I’m not going to go win a gold medal anytime soon so I guess I can’t do it.” What a lot of people, I don’t think they realize is that “average genetics” can give you pretty much anything that the overwhelming majority of people want as long as they live properly and they do what they need to do on a day to day basis.
[0:40:55.8] EL: Really it’s not that hard once you get into the swing of it. It’s really an easy…
[0:41:02.7] JL: Once again, it’s a whole lifestyle change and you got to want to do it. I think dad one time was in an interview and somebody said something about the thyroid and this. He took a guy, the doctor told this gentleman, this student of his that, “Oh I’ve got a thyroid condition,” and dad took him, he took a hundred pounds off the guy. He just buried the doctor. The doctor goes, “Oh I’m sorry, you’re stuck with this condition.” He put that guy through the whole workout, the whole routine and he took a hundred pounds off the guy. What does that tell you about the thyroid?
[0:41:37.8] EL: Well, there are thyroid problems.
[0:41:42.7] RT: Yeah, for sure.
[0:41:45.8] JL: There certainly are, but this particular gentleman was told by a doctor and he had a thyroid problem and he certainly didn’t.
[0:41:54.7] EL: No. Thyroid problems, there are lot of — I have a friend who has got a thyroid problem and she really does have a problem. But I think if you watch your diet, it really does help. What you put into your body today is walking and talking tomorrow. You are a walking billboard.
[0:42:15.5] RT: Yeah, that’s good. You guys have so many great ways of putting things but I guess after all these years you would kind of figure this stuff all out. I mean, it’s very true. There’s a couple of habits I’d like to mention. I found this just doing some research here and I had this. I mean I saw this stuff years ago when I was reading about Jack and here are some things that I wouldn’t be surprised if you yourself did something similar. This is supposedly some of the habits that Jack would do on a daily basis and I’d be interested if you followed something like this as well.
So, lift weights and do strength training for 90 minutes a day. Swim or run for 30 minutes a day in addition to the strength training. Eat 10 raw vegetables, eat two meals. A late breakfast and an early dinner. Wake up at 4 AM and later years, he slept in and he actually got up at 5 AM and I believe those are a few of them. There’s some of the ones I found just very easy, just going online, you can see some of the stuff. Is that accurate? Is there anything you guys want to add to that?
[0:43:17.4] EL: That was Jack’s routine.
[0:43:19.8] RT: Well what was yours?
[0:43:21.2] EL: I always used to say to people, I’d say, “He rolls out and I roll over.” I say, I worked out maybe 30 minutes every day, maybe 30, not any more than 45.
[0:43:37.0] JL: You want tough? I was woken up by two white dogs every morning and then dad would wear a plastic suit in the gym and under that suit he wore a sweat suit that was soaking wet and he would come up and wake me up and he would ring his sweaty shirt on my face and woke me up every morning. So yes, he practically was out there every single morning.
[0:44:07.1] EL: Jack had quite a sense of humor and Jon’s got a little of it too, but yeah. What you’re asking us, if we did what he did? The eating, yes. But his workout was a long and tougher than I did and so. I think with my working out for a half hour, I did it nonstop, I put all my energy into it. So I think it has to do — put your hand out straight and hold it straight out, everybody can do this.
Okay, what I want you to do is bring your hand out and touch your shoulder and put your hand out again and bring your hand and touch your shoulder. Okay, now I want you to make a fist and now that you make a fist as hard as you can, make that fist and bring it up very slowly and you bring that fist up very slowly, now you’re getting resistance.
Resistance is the key to everything and that’s the key to a workout. So if you’re putting in that kind of effort into a workout, you’re going to get more results than you do just doing the exercise and not thinking into it and not putting resistance into it. Do you understand what I’m talking about?
[0:45:27.9] RT: Completely, yes. It’s a much more intense type of a workout therefore you can get…
[0:45:33.8] EL: Get the results but…
[0:45:34.9] RT: In less time.
[0:45:36.6] EL: In less time. Right.
[0:45:37.8] RT: Actually, arguably better results.
[0:45:40.3] JL: You’re asking if he’s rubbed off on us? Do we do exactly what he does? Not many people do, but how he’s influenced me, how he’s influenced my mother and a lot of people around him, it’s more of a thing of achievement. If I go back in my life, what I’ve achieved by being around him, he’s rubbed off on me.
So I don’t know if I can use this example but I’m a professional harmonica player. I took lessons at 27 years old and the diagrams and the routine to learn this thing were getting too complicated, too tough and I was going to quit. Then that night, I decided, “Well dad wouldn’t quit, I think I’ll just keep going,” just for some unknown reason and I kept going and going and I’m telling you, a couple of months later, it all came to me.
So even though we don’t think that we’re advancing, progressing, you actually are if you’re doing it, right? You can’t get worse, anything you’re doing. Not just working out, anything you’re trying to learn or achieve, if you just do and you keep doing, you can’t get worse. You can only get better.
You may make a couple of mistakes along the way but you’re going to straighten out because we’re like computers, our brains are like computers. We hold information, we store information and once you keep doing it and trying it and doing it over and over again, it becomes muscle memory, end of story.
[0:47:15.2] EL: There you go.
[0:47:16.7] RT: There you go. As you guys mentioned, not overly complicated. Building blocks you just build up with some very basic habits and just kind of go from there and all of a sudden, I mean look at you now, as you said, 90 years young, you feel like you are still…
[0:47:30.8] EL: Yeah, right, I’m still doing a pushup. I can still do a pushup not on my knees but I do it a full body pushup. So I’m very active and I play golf and I’m still doing what I used to do. I don’t have any — I don’t take any prescription drugs or anything like that. I just keep going.
[0:47:52.7] JL: Dad learned to play golf at 50 years old.
[0:47:56.8] RT: One thing I’d like to ask is, Elaine, as you may know, there’s a lot of — I almost want to say misinformation when it comes to fitness and nutrition advice for women. Crazy diets, routines that I truly feel are somewhat inferior where women if they just trained with more traditional type of barbell/bodyweight type of movements, they would probably get better results in some of the crazy stuff you see advertised on TV or on certain training systems.
[0:48:26.4] EL: You should have heard Jack, he would just shake his head when he’d see some of the stuff that they advertise. Right, you’re absolutely right. You see, the more a women exercise, the more feminine she becomes, the more men exercises, the more masculine he becomes. Jack always used to say that and working out with weights, you’re getting that resistance and that’s what you need. You need that resistance in order to change your body.
That little example I gave earlier was something that you have to think about, putting effort in to whatever exercise you’re doing. Also, as I mentioned earlier, “Exercise is king, nutrition’s queen, put them together and you got a kingdom.” Jack never — when he talked about exercise, he always talked about what you put in your body. “What you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow,” he’d always say. Those two go hand in hand. Body, mind and spirit too.
[0:49:32.6] JL: Sometimes we take for granted what we know. I grew up with the man but other people don’t know this information and mom may be embarking on a little lecture tour inspiring the women because if you look at what she’s accomplished, in my opinion, my mother is the embodiment of real feminism. She is a real deal, she walks the walk and talks the talk. I’d love to see her inspire some women get them on the right track, get them eating a little better and getting them active.
[0:50:05.3] RT: That was I guess the point of the question that I was asking her, the point I’m stating there. What advice would you have for women Elaine at a different ages that people go through in their life? So 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, as you kind of progress, do you think people should focus on different things as they go through?
[0:50:26.0] EL: No, there’s only so many exercise, basic exercises you can do. I mean I think what I do at 90 is not what I did at 25, you know? But I’m still doing the same type of exercise, maybe not as many, maybe not as hard, maybe not as — I don’t have that, I have to admit, as you get older you don’t have that, especially when you get to be 80 and 90, you don’t’ seem to have that strength that you used to have when you’re 25 or 30 or 40.
[0:50:58.7] JL: If I may interject as well, you see some of these shows on television like P90X, the Zumba. Well, they’re very advanced and what I would recommend to some people that are just getting into this, come to our website and get a Jack LaLanne show and do these simple exercises to segue, to lead into these more advanced programs right?
Because a lot of people get discouraged when they get the thing and it’s got all of this weird moves, watching the Jack LaLanne show, he had very basic simple exercises that anybody could do in their own living room.
[0:51:32.2] EL: Well he does them, he does — on all of his shows, he did something for every part of the body. He always think about what he wanted and that’s why so many people got results from his show is because he did something for every part of the body. We had 50 of them on video, on the that five shows on each video. We’ve got all those shows going and if anybody’s interested they can check it out.
[0:52:00.6] JL: Those exercises are a good lead in to some of these more advanced programs.
[0:52:04.3] RT: Yeah, I agree big time.
[0:52:06.2] EL: Women are jumping around in CrossFit and jumping up and down on those boxes, I don’t think a lot of women, if you’re young, fine but I mean, a woman 60 years old can’t jump up on those boxes and run up and down the — there’s something for everybody out there. There’s the young people have their CrossFit and then the older people can — if you’re interested and you want to get in shape, there’s something for you, you just have to find it.
[0:52:38.2] RT: Yeah, I believe that that applies to not only whatever age you may be but potentially your personality and what type of things you enjoy. Maybe some people don’t want to be in the gym training with barbells and dumbbells, maybe they want to do something possibly along the lines of kettlebell workout or something that has to do with, like surfing, like what you’re saying Jon but there’s some type of physical activity that you can do to stay in shape that will work.
[0:53:02.3] EL: Walking and walking fast.
[0:53:03.4]JL: Some interest. What I always said is that for a brief moment in my life, I actually gained 30 pounds and I went into the gym and I developed muscle and then I saw a Bruce Lee movie and I want to trim myself down and that’s when I got into surfing.
Surfing does work every muscle in the body because when you fall and you get tossed around by a wave, I just brought Kyro Parry, one of the top fitness models from Canada, we taught him to surf, this guy is in great shape and he was so sore, he’s used muscles he’s never used before
The last thing I like to say is that if you’ve ever done a sport, if you’ve ever been a tennis player or a biker, go back and do it, you may not do it on the same level that you did but at least you’re going out and enjoying yourself, doing something that you love right? This gives us the incentive to stay active, maybe some people don’t like pumping weights, maybe it’s boring to some people, go out and play tennis if you used to play tennis. Just do it.
[0:54:02.7] EL: Walking, if somebody wants to start out, just go on a walking program. One of my books is Dynastride. Jack came up with that idea, Dynastride, it’s really when you’re walking, you use your arms up and down and put effort into your walk. If you put effort in everything you do then you’re going to get results.
[0:54:28.5] RT: So much advice, so much to get into, we’re at the end of the show right now, I hate to end this off. Where can we find out more about you guys? There’s the books, there’s the websites, there’s the videos, Jon, Elaine, can you share with us where people can find out more?
[0:54:43.7] EL: Yes, we’ve got a website, JackLaLanne.com and you can find out all sorts of stuff on that, we have — Jon, we have a YouTube channel don’t we?
[0:54:52.7] JL: Yes, I just put up a speed to dad’s some highlights and it’s Jack LaLanne Lecture. If you type in Jack Lalanne Lecture on YouTube, you can find it or we can send you the link, it’s very inspiring. Dad tells a funny joke and he sends a simple message, very powerful and it’s only about I’d say five minutes long. So we’ll shoot that link over to you, but if you type in Jack LaLanne Lecture, you’ll see him in a brown suit and you can find it. Take five minutes out of your day and check it out, it’s really, really, really inspiring.
[0:55:24.4] EL: Yeah, he has written…
[0:55:25.9] JL: He was a great lecturer.
[0:55:27.2] EL: Yeah, his last book was Live Young Forever: 12 Steps to Optimum Health, Fitness and Longevity. It was written by a forward by Robert Kennedy and that was in Canada. It was from the publisher was Robert Kennedy in I think it was in Vancouver I believe or something like that.
Anyway, it’s Robert Kennedy Publishing. I think he passed away so they don’t — it’s out of business now. That book has got everything in it, if you want to know anything about Jack and we’re working on an autobiography and as I mentioned earlier, Roku is streaming a video of his life and we’re on MeTV and Own Zone and we’re just trying to get his name out there so people know all about Jack LaLanne and I appreciate you bringing this up and…
[0:56:23.4] JL: Introducing to a whole new generation. Most people don’t understand that his television show saved a rich nation from poor health.
[0:56:31.9] RT: Very much so. Agreed. 34 years, that says something.
[0:56:35.3] JL: At the trade shows, people came up and we got an outsider’s view to the power that dad had over people in a good way. People came up from all over the world. One guy even came from Russia, he knew about dad and then the guy from China brought us that plaque remember?
[0:56:51.6] EL: Yeah.
[0:56:52.5] JL: It was really, really, really touching. I also have a website called ChefLaLanne.com and we did use the juicer but we also grew up with a blender. Dad was a pioneer of the protein powder, which will be in the book, and the protein bar. I have a site called cheflalanne.com. I sell healthy cooking ware on it. Got a great nonstick pan and I’m the mindset of this. It’s like, if you’re going to eat something bad, make sure there’s no chemicals in it. Eat the raw form of the — like if you’re going to do it, try to stay away from the chemicals. That’s probably good advice, right?
[0:57:31.8] RT: I would agree.
[0:57:32.9] JL: Yes.
[0:57:34.2] RT: Usually, that’s the stuff that tastes the best.
[0:57:36.9] JL: Exactly.
[0:57:38.2] RT: I’d love to have you guys come back on to talk more about the nutrition side of things, the juicing, the blending. That is something that I think has a tremendous amount of benefits for people. I think that there is some misconception.
[0:57:52.2] EL: Jack juiced all his life and we have the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and that you just log into Jack LaLanne. Most of the power, it comes up, the juicer stuff comes up first. I think just put in that, he wanted to know anything about the juicer but anyway, he juiced all his life and he believed in it so strongly.
[0:58:15.4] RT: Excellent, excellent. All I have to say is for those who are listening right now, there’s just so much information that yourself Elaine, obviously Jon now, you guys are kind of taking care of this, you’re stewarding the legacy of Jack and you are still here Elaine and you have a lot that you can still give to people and people can learn so much from you.
There’s so much information, the secrets, all that stuff, they figured it all out, it’s there and the amazing thing is, it’s not just about how to get in shape per se, but it also focuses on healthy living so you have a long healthy productive life to truly enjoy it because unfortunately nowadays, there’s a lot of stuff that’s being pushed, that yeah sure, it might give you a six pack, it might get you into some — really look great muscular and this and that and the other thing. But it’s short term kind of stuff.
[0:59:05.9] EL: Short term, you’re so right. As Jack and Jon said earlier, lifestyle, you want a lifestyle. You don’t want something that’s temporary, you want something that’s permanent and change those habits for good habits, you’ve got it made.
[0:59:24.5] RT: Completely, yeah, keep them simple, stick with them, do them every day just like brushing your teeth, just like showering, I mean you do it every single day.
[0:59:31.3] EL: Just like you sleep every day, your body was made to exercise every day. That’s what Jack always used to say. It’s just simple. It’s as simple as that. The life is simple really but sometimes we make it too complicated and it does take a step back and look at it more simply.
[0:59:50.8] RT: I am so honored that you guys made the time to come on there. Elaine, thank you so, so much for coming on and I mean, it’s just, this is like a treat to myself and I truly believe that the listeners, having their eyes opened up to the world of Jack LaLanne and the Elaine LaLanne — it’s hard to believe the feats that he’s accomplished and I mean, even you saying at 90 doing a pushup. There’s people that in their 20’s they can’t do pushup. They got to do it from their knees. That just goes to show you guys what is possible when you follow proper healthy living habits.
[1:00:24.0] EL: Anything is possible if you believe.
[1:00:27.6] JL: And if you make it happen. Anything in life is possible if you make it.
[1:00:33.8] EL: You can make it happen too. So JackLaLanne.com if they want to look into our website.
[1:00:41.8] JL: Motivational speech is on YouTube, it’s Jack LaLanne Motivational Speech at an 80’s idea convention.
[1:00:50.0] RT: Yeah, what I’m going to do is, we have a show notes page where it has information about the show, I’ll make sure to put that video on that page so people can get access to it. So it’s superstrengthshow.com, you just put in Jack LaLanne or Elaine LaLanne and the show notes page will come up, you can listen to the show, download it, share it with others with the social media options, we really appreciate that.
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Truly look in to who and what Jack and Elaine LaLanne are. It’s just, it’s hard to believe some of the things they’ve accomplished and especially when you think it was such a while ago you guys were accomplishing these amazing things and nowadays we think, “Oh, we’re so smart and we know everything,” and the reality is, there’s a lot of things that we can learn from doing it the hard way as you mentioned and not being coddled so much, at the beginning of the call, to just very simplistic healthy habits that you incorporate into your life and just the dividends that they pay back and you get so much more than you put in, it’s incredible.
That’s the thing, it’s like, exercise may feel tough, sure, while you’re doing it but what it gives you in return is a multiple of what you put in to it. That’s another thing to keep in mind when you’re sweating away and grinding away doing your exercises sometimes. You feel like, “Ugh, I don’t want to do this.” Not at all. The minute you get a taste of the results for those who were kind of on the fence, you’re going to get right into it.
For those of us who are really into training, just take a look at the list of accomplishments. I only read a few of them before Jack did and I know they’re hard to believe, it’s like he’s a comic superhero. Truly, it doesn’t even sound true, it sounds like something from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not or from a marvel comic but he did them and he did it a long time ago and continue to do it right up into his 70’s. Just amazing.Thank you so much for coming on the show guys, I really appreciate it.
[1:03:33.9] JL: You did a very good job here, a very good interviewer and you were very well spoken.
[1:03:38.2] EL: Yes and you’re very handsome and boy you really work out, I can tell you. His muscles are bulging. He’s got some guns.
[1:03:48.2] RT: He’s got some guns, well a part of that I must say is because I’ve been influenced and I’m not just saying this, I’m very serious, heavily by Jack and obviously his contemporaries as well but I mean Jack LaLanne has been a really big inspiration for me when it comes to training. Jack LaLanne, Reg Park is another one who really sticks out for me but just incredible and then just the longevity for me is just really important. Thank you guys, I really appreciate it. I’m trying not to blush here, I guess at the end of the mic and I just love your energy. I really do. I’d love to have you come back on.
[1:04:18.4] EL: Okay, thank you, thanks so much Ray.
[1:04:20.8] RT: No problem.
[1:04:23.0] EL: God bless.
[1:04:23.9] RT: Thank you, same to you, god bless you guys as well. Okay guys, as I always like to say, put this stuff to use and until next time, train hard and train smart, we’ll talk to you then.
More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About
- Elaine tells the story of how her and Jack LaLanne met
- Jack doing push-ups for an hour and a half continuously
- Jack doing both strength and endurance training
- Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom
- 10 seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips
- The only thing good about a donut is the hole in the middle
- Stop being a baby and grow up!
- Take responsibility for yourself
- Discover how you can be reborn again
- Elaine speaks about Jack’s inventions including the first leg extension machine and the weight selectors used in cable machines
- Elaine shares some of Jack’s world famous accomplishments and how he trained for them
- The hard road is usually the most rewarding
- If you want to do something, just try and keep doing it and eventually you’ll get results
- Make up your mind and motivate yourself to create change in your life
- The importance of focusing on the results
- What you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow
- If you just do, you can’t get any worse, you can only get better.
- The way you do anything is the way you do everything
About Elaine LaLanne
As many of you know, “The Godfather of Fitness”, Jack LaLanne and his 70 plus year career, motivated millions of people around the world to improve their health. Well, he didn’t do it alone! As they say, behind every successful man is a woman…
In fact, here’s what the Godfather himself has to say about this…
“If you are around her for any length of time, you will find her enthusiasm for life is contagious. She can do push-ups, chinups, she’s a terrific golfer, swimmer, and all around athlete. She’s an author, lecturer, civic leader, in fact – she runs BeFit Enterprises and JackLaLanne.com. She is a super wife and good friend. To me, she is living proof of all that a woman can be.”
Jack is, of course, describing his wonderful and beautiful wife, Elaine LaLanne, whom he called “LaLa,” and I’m honored to say that she is today’s very special guest
At the age of 27, she was living on chocolate donuts, candy, soft drinks, hot dogs, ice cream and smoked cigarettes. That all changed after meeting Jack.
She did a 180 with her lifestyle and ever since then has preached the fitness message to all who would listen.
Today, at 90 years young, Elaine claims she feels 29. She invigorates everything Jack stood for. She has never slowed down and can still do full body pushups. She looks young, acts young, and inspires people around the world to be young at any age.
She has written 5 books, Fitness after 50, Dynastride, Fitness after 50 Workout, Total Juicing, and Eating Right for a New You.
Elaine and the family are putting the finishing touches on Jack’s Autobiography and video documentary.
She continues to preach Jack’s message through her lectures and personal appearances.
She can be seen on the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer infomercials and his exercise shows soon to be online.
Currently, Elaine has been working with Universal Studios to create the first Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio in over thirty years at the Cabana Bay Resort in Orlando, Florida.
You can connect with Elaine by visiting JackLaLanne.com
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