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I never thought the day would come for Jack LaLanne, but not Jack LaLanne once swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed and shackled at age 60. And oh yeah, he was towing a 1,000 pound boat. Photo:http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mdjOoiVIrf4/THPfxI28t_I/AAAAAAAAEhg/kQznTTfwBSk/s1600/jack-lalanne-handcuffed.jpeg even he could outlast father time.
For LaLanne, who died Sunday  at the “all too young” age of 96, it was one hell of a ride.

There were two human beings I knew who were going to defy the odds and outlive us all: my grandfather and Jack LaLanne.

Well, my grandfather passed away last year at 93 right around this time, so there was one down, and now LaLanne.

The world renowned fitness guru was probably THE prime example of why NOBODY (barring a major illness) should become inactive at ANY age. After all, this was a guy who swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed and shackled at age 60. And oh yeah, he was towing a 1,000 pound boat. Sounds like a Chuck Norris joke, but LaLanne actually did it!  As if one time wasn't enough, he repeated this in different parts of the world about four other times!

I will most likely never achieve world wide fame like LaLanne did, but I feel like I can relate to him on several levels. For starters, I am for the most part a health freak and a gym rat because I know if I plan on living a relatively long life, you really have no choice. Although my medical mishaps during 2010 somewhat limited my activity, I couldn't imagine how sick I would be if I DIDN'T exercise. You won’t find me swimming around Alcatraz when I’m 60, but God-willing, I’ll still be out and about telling people “I told you so.”

Like LaLanne, I know how it feels to start a venture and practically have everybody think you are stone cold crazy for doing so (hint: you’re reading an article on the same website that people once told me “they just weren’t feeling” upon its launch )  In the mid 1930’s, LaLanne started a health studio when everybody thought he was out of his mind. But despite the naysayers, LaLanne prevailed. From his popular television show that everyone has seen on ESPN Classic, to the successful Power Juicers he pitched on infomercials, LaLanne inspired many to take a look at themselves in the mirror (no pun intended) so they could strive for a better life. Jack LaLanne was a epitomy of a trailblazer, and we’ll unfortunately never see the likes of him again.

After all, how many jacked 96 year-olds have YOU bumped into lately?!