Monday, September 26, 2011
TO FITNESS GURU JACK LALANNE, BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914
For many years lalanne liked to prove the power of physical fitness—even into old age—by performing a public athletic stunt on his birthday.
1954: 40-year-old LaLanne swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, pulling a 140-pound bag.
1955: 41-year-old LaLanne swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
1957: 43-year-old LaLanne swam the six-mile Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound boat.
1959: 45-year-old LaLanne performed 1,000 push-ups and 1,000 chin-ups in 82 minutes.
1984: 70-year-old LaLanne swam 1.5 miles across Long Beach Harbor with his hands and feet shackled, towing 70 people in 70 rowboats.