Jack LaLanne Workout Routine & Quotes

A few days ago the Godfather of Fitness Jack LaLanne passed away at the age of 96.  It’s important to share some Jack LaLanne workout routine tips and also some inspirational quotes to show the new generation the “roots” of fitness.

I was surprised when I started telling people the bad news because a lot of these young whippersnappers had never even heard of him.  Even though they very well know who Snooki and JWoww are, the man who brought everyday fitness into the homes of people across the world isn’t even on their radar.

“I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.”

Jack LaLanne was the original “first fitness superhero” and even though people have heard of Richard Simmons or Jane Fonda for some strange reason they haven’t heard of Jack.  He’s credited with creating the first “health club” out in Oakland, California in 1936 and they also named the Jumping Jack after him.

Even though some of his stuff has become out dated the basics are still very much relevant today.  He adamantly blamed processed foods for the health problems in America and I agree 100%.  I remember him once saying, “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

“Probably millions of Americans got up this morning with a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a donut. No wonder they are sick and fouled up.”

It’s totally true too when you think about it.  We’re imprinted to enjoy all this man-made food such as pizza, cheeseburgers, burritos, and other junk food that we lose sight of what naturally tastes good to us.  And I have to say that getting people to control their diets is easily the #1 thing that’s holding people back from achieving their dream bodies.

As far as his workout routine he practically invented the theory of training until muscle fatigue, which basically means that you do an exercise until you can’t lift it anymore even if somebody had a gun to your head.

This is something that’s also a mainstay of my training programs as well, when most people working out are lifting 5 pounds dumbbells doing biceps curls Jack was pushing his body to the limits and that’s what produces real results.

“Living is a pain in the butt. Dying is easy. It’s like an athletic event. You’ve got to train for it. You’ve got to eat right. You’ve got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.”

I really liked how he was really against chemical additives and other drugs as he thought they were the root causes as to why people get physically and mentally ill.  Even this recent study is dead on with what Jack LaLanne has been saying for decades.

“Over 90 percent of the teenagers who use drugs are suffering from malnutrition and they are unhappy and apprehensive about life. They live on junk food so, naturally, they’re in a stupor and want drugs to perk them up. . . So they become sick mentally, physically, morally and spiritually — you can’t separate the mind from the body.”

I don’t know how many people you can find who could tow 70 boats filled with 70 people while handcuffed on their 70th birthday.  I’m drowning just thinking about it!

Take a couple minutes and watch the interview video below to find out some more Jack Lalanne workout routine tips along with some great advice on life in general.  It was recorded last year when he turned 95 years old and it’s just a testament to what living a healthy lifestyle can do for you.

If you have any memorable Jack Lalanne moments please be sure to share them in the comments section below.

Sleep well Jack!


“You don’t have to call it God or Jesus. That’s religious humbug to a lot of people, but you’ve gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life.”

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  1. Louise

    January 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love the way Jack Lalanne puts it and lives it: Help people to help themselves, cut out the crap, keep it simple, and keep moving fysically, mentally and spiritually; the holistic way. Let’s keep up the good work and keep jumping our daily Jacks in remembrance of Jumping Jack Lalanne! Thank you Jack!!! Wth love, Louise.


  2. alligator

    January 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Rest In Peace.

    May be he can whip the 12 disciples into shape!


  3. Jeff

    January 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Jack was and remains an inspiration


  4. Bobby

    January 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Trainer Josh let me just start off by saying that when I look for fitness information I look to you and Todd durkin. You have a great site and need to be commended for the work you do. I need your help though, I have been working out for the past ten years and have done every kind of work out imaginable. I recently switched my style to more a circuit training style approach as I look to maintain my muscle and get a little
    leaner. My goal though is to be able to do the 40/40 challenge with the TRX. I can only get 25-30 of the atomic pushups and 30-35 of the rows. What do I need to do to accomplish the 40/40 challenge? I’ve tried all different approaches to accomplish i,t but i cant break the 30 mark Thank you again for all your hard work.


    • Josh Schlottman

      January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      @Bobby Thanks for the kind words my man, I really appreciate and I’m glad you’re working hard to reach your goals.

      As far as the training for the 40/40 challenge I would keep doing the atomic push-ups and low rows until you get 40 of them. It doesn’t matter if you go past the time just make sure you do them all. If you have to rest then rest but keep going until you get 40 of them. Eventually you’ll get stronger and you’ll be able to complete 40 in the time. Keep me updated!


  5. Matt

    March 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I want to know how he was able to workout so much without eating a lot of calories and still be able to maintain his weight. It seems like eggs, fruits and vegetables were at least 90% of his diet.


  6. christina

    October 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    The interview was amazing 🙂


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