A Warrior of fitness named Jack

So Fair D-Boy or DevGru operator; ODA  member or SEAL;  PJ or  MARSOC  man; MSST Guardsman  or   Force Marine.. Let alone you other fit HRT,    Secret Service and Agency SAD types… Think your fairly fit ? Hmmm? 

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When it comes to fitness and Longevity  who is tops,  just know that the late great  Francois Henri “Jack” LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes called “the godfather of fitness” and the “first fitness superhero.

He was a honorable serving sailor with  U.S. Navy in World War  II and a special force in physical nature. Due to an accident in his teens leaving him with a bum knee,  he could not do a full squat.  Though he so impressed the doctors with his push-ups and handstands , skirted by the induction medical personnel and gained an enlistment. looked like a body builder his 3 hour daily regime was not about steroids and showing off.  he regularly did  hi rep weight  circuits with double his body weight until he was into his late seventies. He influenced a whole lot of American citizens to be fit and American operators to be fitter and eat better. He was unbeatable at what he preached and did. SEALs talk of their Rudy Boesch as the fittest frogman to span many decades of SEAL operating;  Like Rudy,  Jack LaLanne’s humility did not have him boast of his feats — though no one ever out did jack in push-ups of any kind!  Even then he think of thought of his old training buddy the also late, great Walt Stack as the fittest man ( see interview with Jack in Playboy magazine  mid 1980’s  where he refers to the late great Walt Stack as the fittest man..)

Nevertheless, Jack outlived outlived Walt –  and while he aged,  Jack’s feats surpassed  most of the fittest special operators, SEALs and PJ’s included. So when you throw in the towel for retirement at 38 step up to the plate and see if youc an maintain what he did until  ages 70…and 96 years old.   

  • 1954 (age 40): swam the entire length (8,981 ft/1.7 mi) of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, under water, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of air tanks and other equipment strapped to his body; a world record.
  • 1955 (age 41): swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. When interviewed afterwards he was quoted as saying that the worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which significantly reduced his chance to do a jumping jack.
  • 1956 (age 42): set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You Asked For It,[31] a television program hosted by Art Baker.
  • 1957 (age 43): swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound (1,100 kg; 180 st) cabin cruiser. The swift ocean currents turned this one-mile (1.6 km) swim into a swimming distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).
  • 1958 (age 44): maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore. The 30-mile (48 km) trip took 9.5 hours.
  • 1959 (age 45): did 1,000 star jumps and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes and The Jack LaLanne Show went nationwide.
  • 1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.
  • 1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, he again swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.
  • 1976 (age 62): To commemorate the “Spirit of ’76”, United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.[32]
  • 1979 (age 65): towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.[33]
  • 1980 (age 66): towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.
  • 1984 (age 70): handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile

( For the record: as a fit warrior , the  father of Special Forces, Aaron Bank, after he retired at age 50 …swam  in the ocean around San Clemente, Ca.  Pier near daily until he was 75, going on  to live and worked out till 101  fit as a fiddle )  So keep it up Operators!

Source:  True Health Is True Wealth

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1 Response to A Warrior of fitness named Jack

  1. Cliff says:

    “When it comes to fitness and Longevity who is tops,”

    Jack may have taxed his system a bit. Everyone should know who Joe Rollino was too, decorated for bravery in World War II, was lucid into his hundreds, out on his morning walk he got hit by a van and died at 104.

    http://www.coneyislandhistory.org/voices/index.php/ObjectDetail/Show/object_id/605/search_mode/search

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/nyregion/12ironman.html?_r=1

    Old Time Strongman, Boxer Kid Dundee.

    But Jack doing that towing boats swimming chained is unbelievable. That kind of stuff may tax the system a lot too.

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