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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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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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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Don't talk age! Age has nothing to do with it. One of my guys who started out at my gym is 87 now, and he still does ten bench-press reps with a hundred-pound dumbbell in each hand. He's training to set a leg-pressing record. I put things in the guy's brain way back when, and now he'll never get away from it.

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

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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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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 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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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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Billy Graham was for the hereafter. I'm for the here and now.

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

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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 need to make good health a hobby.

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

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Physical fitness takes commitment to exercise just as it requires good nutrition. But it doesn't have to be painful. Just the opposite: Vigorous exercise actually is stimulating. It boosts your energy levels, invigorates your mind, and just feels good afterward. The hardest part, of course, is getting started.

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

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You don't get it. I am one runaway son of a bitch! I am an animal! I want to eat everything! I want to get drunk every single night! I want to screw every woman there is! We are all wild animals. But we must learn to use our minds. We must learn to control the bestial and sensual sides of ourselves!

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

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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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I eat 6 or 7 raw vegetables every day, 4 or 5 pieces of fresh fruit. I eat egg whites each day. If I eat bread, it has to be whole wheat. I eat brown rice. I don't eat between meals. I eat at 11 o'clock in the morning and 7 o'clock at night.

JACK LALANNE, interview, Alive Magazine, March 2007

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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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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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