I’m a huge Jack LaLaine fan. I’ve quite a bit about him. I strongly contend he did it the old fashoned way. I’m 48 years old and I remember him the wonderful Elaine LaLaine and their German Shepard “Happy” in the TV in my house. My mother worked out to Jack. I think he is simply to old to have been caught in the steriod bullsh*t. On his 80th birthday special he was doing exercises I’ve never been strong enough to do and talking to the camera while doing them.
Further, to this day I remember his advice to “make haste slowly”, or as Dan John says “a little and often over the long haul,” or others say “…inch by inch it’s a cinch, yard by yard it’s hard.”
Jack is a trail blazer and a great American. We are all indebted to him and I am personally humbled by his awesome abilities in his mid eighties.
God Bless Jack & Elaine LaLaine and may Happy rest in peace.
Wow! I can’t think of a guy that better exemplifies what can be done by someone over 35:
"In 1954, when Jack was half his current age–not long after he won that year’s Professional Mr. America contest and something called the Best Chest award–he began to attempt a series of midlife feats of Herculean strength and uncanny endurance that were designed to call attention to his cause. He did 100 handstand push-ups in under six minutes. He swam through the powerful currents between Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. He towed a 2,000-pound boat the length of the Golden Gate Bridge while swimming underwater with air tanks but no fins, and he somehow did 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes during an appearance on TV.
In his sixties, Jack began to wear shackles on his legs as well as handcuffs for the swimming feats. He used the “flopping butterfly” stroke he developed to tow 13 boats symbolizing the original colonies across a southern California bay as a 1976 bicentennial feat, and he towed 6,500 pounds of wood pulp across a lake in Japan the year he qualified for Social Security. At the age of 70, he towed 70 friends sitting in 70 different boats across Long Beach Harbor near Los Angeles, despite heavy winds."
Here’s the link if anyone is interested:
Great stuff…a lot of wisdom packed in there.