HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY JACK LALANNE!!!
Happy Birthday Jack LaLanne!!! Last week, Maribel and I brought flowers to Jack’s memorial down in Los Angeles. Today would have been his 100th Birthday and we would like you all to celebrate his life with us. His messages of health and fitness will live on forever through the mind and body of the American people and I am proud to continue this legacy with YOU and our amazing CrossFit community.
Over the years, I’ve heard lots of stories from people I meet and last week one of our members asked me about the WHITE DOGS that co-starred with uncle Jack on the The Jack LaLanne Show. Were they actually his dogs, living with the family, trained by Jack himself?… So, I decided to dig up the real story. Like many other Americans, you may share fond memories of watching Jack with the white german shepherds… enjoy these pics:)
“‘Happy’ was the star of the show,” Jack says. ‘Happy’ was the first of four beautiful white German Shepherds, all of whom would grace the show’s set, trotting on and off the during tapings, sometime getting in the way of Jack’s exercise routines. Following ‘Happy’ came ‘Smiley’, ‘Waldo’ and ‘Chuck’. Once, ‘Happy’ had puppies, and one of them became destined to appear on the show. Jack held a naming contest, with the entrant with the best name winning an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas. The winning name came from a UCLA student, who submitted ‘WALTER’ — an acronym for “We All Love To Exercise Regularly.”
“Having the dogs on the show was a big part of the show’s success as well,” Elaine says. “People loved exercising with Jack, but it was also fun to have the dogs running around in the background, too.” But, why the dogs? How did Jack get the idea to put a dog on the show? “To attract kids,” he recalls. “The kids had control of the TV in the morning. And I’d say, “Boys and girls, if you go get mommy and daddy and bring them over to the TV, I’ll have Happy do a special trick for you. And I would have him sit up, roll over and do all kinds of stuff. I had to do that to get an audience, boy.”
In 1959 at the age of 45, Jack LaLanne completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 pull-ups in 1 hours and 22 minutes. Let’s honor this great man today at the gym with a 4 person team workout… “Jack LaLanne”: For time: 1000, Pull-ups, 1,000 Push-ups. All team members must complete 250 reps of each movement. Only two team members may work at a time. Movements may be alternated and all reps may be partitioned anyhow. All members with less than 4 months of CrossFit experience should reduce the rep count to half of each (125) and scale pull-ups to ring rows and scale push-ups to knees.