JACK LALANNE QUOTES

American fitness expert (1914-2011)

Jack LaLanne quote

15 minutes to warm up? Does a lion warm up when he's hungry? "Uh oh, here comes an antelope. Better warm up." No! He just goes out there and eats the sucker.

JACK LALANNE, "30 Inspirational health quotes by fitness guru Jack LaLanne", Examiner, May 18, 2013

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How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday. Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. If I put inferior foods in my body today, I'm going to be inferior tomorrow, it's that simple.

JACK LALANNE, "30 Inspirational health quotes by fitness guru Jack LaLanne", Examiner, May 18, 2013

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What the hell do doctors know about exercise? Most of them know zero. You gotta push elderly people to failure like anybody else. Then the body responds.

JACK LALANNE, interview with Bill Phillips, March 21, 2001

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My top priority in life is my workout. Regardless of what happens, I hit that gym. Even when I was in the hospital twice with serious knee operations: Right after I came out of anesthesia, there was a chin bar over my head and dumbbells. I worked out immediately.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Playboy, 1984

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I can't die. It would ruin my image.

JACK LALANNE, "Jack LaLanne, Founder of Modern Fitness Movement, Dies at 96", New York Times, January 23, 2011

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Everything you do in life, I don't care, good or bad -- don't blame God, don't blame the devil, don't blame me, blame you. You control everything! The thoughts you think, the words you utter, the foods you eat, the exercise you do. Everything is controlled by you.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Share Guide

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You can't separate the mind and body. It's impossible.

JACK LALANNE, interview with Bill Phillips, March 21, 2001

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Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.

JACK LALANNE, "30 Inspirational health quotes by fitness guru Jack LaLanne", Examiner, May 18, 2013

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We know today about nutrition and we know about exercise. There's no reason for anybody to be sick and tired, fat and out of shape -- it's ridiculous! This has got to be taught in the schools. It's got to be taught in kindergarten. That's when kids should first get the idea that the most important thing in your life is your health and your body.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Alive Magazine, March 2007

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If man makes it, I don't eat it!

JACK LALANNE, "Jack LaLanne on Aging Well", Tony Horton Life, December 18, 2010

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I tell people that the scales lie. You may have played basketball and weighed 175 pounds, with a 30-inch waist, back when you were in college. And you may still weigh 175 at 55. But you probably have a 35-inch waist and you've probably lost 30 or 40 pounds of muscle -- and gained 30 or 40 pounds of fat. The tape measure doesn't lie. Get that tape measure out and put it on your hips and your waist. Keep checking it. And keep exercising and cutting those calories down until that tape measure gets close to where you were in your prime.

JACK LALANNE, interview with Bill Phillips, March 21, 2001

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The first thing I did when I was forty years old, I put handcuffs on and I jumped off Alcatraz prison and swam to San Francisco handcuffed. That made national publicity. Then, there were three or four years where I would do more difficult feats. Another birthday I towed a thousand pound boat across the Golden Gate. On my 65th Birthday I towed 65 boats a mile and a half in Tokyo. On my 70th Birthday I towed 70 boats with 70 people in it with my feet and hands tied a mile and a half in Long Beach.... My next Birthday I will be 93. I'm gonna tow my wife across the bathtub.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Alive Magazine, March 2007

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The crusade is never off my mind -- the exercise I do, the food I eat, the thought I think -- all this and how I can help make my profession better-respected. To me, this one thing -- physical culture and nutrition -- is the salvation of America.

JACK LALANNE, "Jack LaLanne dies at 96; spiritual father of U.S. fitness movement", Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2011

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It's important to change things around. Maybe for 30 days I might do ten reps with high weight, but the tenth rep should be to failure.... Then you build muscle and you build strength. Then for say 30 days I'll cut the weight down a bit and do fifteen reps. Then maybe for 30 days I'll add weight and do only 5 or 6 reps, then for another 30 days I'll do everything really slow. Try that sometimes. Like you are doing a prayer. Eight counts to bring it up and eight counts to let it down. That is very hard, I'll tell you! Then I'd do everything for a while real fast. You aren't used to any of this so the body responds.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Share Guide

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Virtually everything we do in life is a matter of habit. Habits make us who we are. Why not change your habits to better your life?

JACK LALANNE, Fiscal Fitness: 8 Steps to Wealth & Health from America's Leaders of Fitness

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My workout is my obligation to life. It's my tranquilizer. It's part of the way I tell the truth--and telling the truth is what's kept me going all these years.

JACK LALANNE, "Jack LaLanne Is Still an Animal", Outside Online, May 2, 2004

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You only live once, why be miserable? Fat people are miserable -- you are carrying 50 lbs on your shoulders all day, you get a disease called "pooped-out itis". Don't tell me that they are happy with the way they look and feel. I have to be honest, that is all I have.

JACK LALANNE, interview with James Marshall, September 16, 2007

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I was the worst, most sickly kid of all -- 30 pounds underweight. The girls used to beat me up. Actually I was a mean kid, early on because I had no self-esteem.

JACK LALANNE, Live Young Forever: 12 Steps to Optimum Health, Fitness and Longevity

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How do you know what's really organic? Today, there's all these impurities in the water and the air. The water for the fruits and vegetables has junk in it. If you get enough vitamins and minerals out of normal food and whole grains, and you get enough proteins and exercise (that's the key) then nature builds up a tolerance to all of these things. It's survival of the fittest. You can't have everything perfect, that's impossible, but the fit survive.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Share Guide

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If it tastes good, spit it out. All those cakes and pies and candy and ice cream -- all that terrible fast food stuff! I just bought a new corvette sports car ... would I put oil in the gas tank? Would I?

JACK LALANNE, interview, Alive Magazine, March 2007

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