Jack LaLanne “A Founding Father of the Fitness Movement”


I wrote this back in 2011, the day after I learned of Jack LaLanne’s passing.  I have included a YouTube posting I just recorded.

Jack, you are greatly missed  and  you continue to inspire.

Thank you,

Joe

“I can’t afford to die, it will wreck my image!” Jack LaLanne.

PCPFS Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jack L...

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Well Jack, death could never wreck your image.  Yesterday, fellow chiropractor and fitness enthusiast, Jack LaLanne left this earth.

I know the nick-name, godfather of fitness, was most often associated with Jack LaLanne, but in my mind, along with Bernarr MacFadden and Angelo Siciliano better known as Charles Atlas, these three men made up the holy trinity of health.  They were the founding fathers of the mass media fitness movement.

However, unlike the founding fathers of our country who gathered at a hall in Philadelphia, these three great men spanned different eras, and Jack spanned the globe.  Atlas and LaLanne both learned either directly or indirectly from MacFadden and each went on to impact anyone who has ever broken a sweat in the name of fitness.

Jack LaLanne was a bodybuilder and one of the original visitors of muscle beach.   An unhealthy, sugar addicted child he met MacFadden inspired Paul Bragg, and it was through Bragg that a young Jack was given the foundations to take control of his health.  Jack used his newly found education and sought to inspire the world.

If you have ever used a leg extension or smith machine — you have Jack to thank.

If you are an athlete who utilizes weight training to excel in your chosen sport — you have Jack to thank.

If you are a woman who enjoys the benefits of exercise and weight training, yep, you guessed it — you have Jack to thank.

Bernarr Macfadden,

Image via Wikipedia

Bernarr McFadden scowled,Weakness is a Crime, Don’t be a criminal!”

Charles Atlas promised, “To make a man out of you.”

Jack, well, he came into our homes every morning and showed us that being fit and healthy was a goal unto itself.

Before experts complicated exercise, Jack kept it all simple.   Although he owned and endorsed health clubs, he showed us how to work out at home.  While medicine was searching for a panacea in a pill, Jack knew that proper nutrition  combined  with exercise were the only keys to good health.  He, through his longevity, demonstrated how easy it was to remain fit and live a healthy life.

Dr. Jack LaLanne had a profound influence on me.  It was his example I followed when I set up my simplified eating plan.  It was his model I used when I designed my easy and effective exercise strategy.  And, it was his inspiration I followed when I chose brevity and basics in writing my book.

Jack LaLanne receives a Lifetime Achievement A...

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The last interview I saw was on his 95th birthday.  He was spry, excited and as motivational as ever — he had a glint in his eye and a joy in his voice.  I know it is unrealistic, but some people you just never expect to die, and in Jack’s case that is not so far-fetched.

His physical existence may have ceased, but because of  every person who endeavors to improve their health via lifting a weight, jogging,  swimming,  doing a Jumping Jack, so named for him,  or choosing a bowl of berries over a bowl of ice cream — Jack LaLanne will live on forever.

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q

and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

Flying On An Airliner Fat or Fit?


I just returned from a vacation out to sun soaked southern California.  I was going to write a posting about how much easier the trip is now that I am fit; then I remembered — I already did.

I’m not sure how many of you remember the past case of film director extraordinaire Kevin Smith beingKevin Smith @ Macworld bumped from a flight because, it was reported, of his weight.  I remember back in my super heavyweight days, boarding a plane and holding my breath, waiting for those dreaded words, “You are too fat to fly.”

Back in my morbidly obese days, most of my flights were not solo. I was usually accompanied by my significant other, so lifting the armrest and spilling into her seat was not an issue. However, I vividly remember for take-off and landing, with the armrests down,  I could manage to squeeze into the seat. However,  my extra mass spilled into the other seat. My body would mold itself over the top and the bottom of both armrests. Many claim that they can fit in the seat with both armrests down, but that doesn’t mean they actually fit in the seat.

I said I flew with someone most times.  There were times I flew alone and on those occasions, I was concerned about making a fellow traveler, unfortunate enough to sit next to me, uncomfortable.  I remember seeing the face of the weary person as I waddled down the aisle, it was the look that was saying, please, please walk past me.  I was not only embarrassed, but I understood their dismay; so if it was possible, I would sacrifice my comfort and sit in the front row if a seat was open. You see, in the front seats the tray is not attached to the seat-back in front, because there is no seat-back in front. So it comes from the middle armrest  and because of that placement, it is not possible to lift the armrest. I could still sit in the seat, but trust me I didn’t fit, however, I would rather be uncomfortable myself, then force someone else to tolerate being seated next to me. It wasn’t fun for me either way, but my bulk left few options.

Back at the time of the “TO FAT TO FLY EVENT” It was reported that Mr. Smith had purchased two seats, but was able to board an earlier flight. On the earlier flight two seats were not available, so he would have to sit next to someone else. Mr. Smith, it had been reported, stated at the time that “he knows he is fat, but he is not too fat to fly.”

English: Director/Actor Kevin Smith at the 200...

I haven’t seen Kevin Smith lately, but in every picture and video I have seen he definitely appears more than just a bit overweight. I know back when I was three hundred and forty pounds, I never thought I was that fat. In my case and in many of those whom I work with, we never see just how overweight we actually are — or in my case was.

There are those who have metabolic and/or underlying medical conditions that cause obesity

The following  statements are not intended for those individuals.

There is a much displayed, self-absorbed logic that implies if one is overweight or obese, that is just the way it is and everyone else will just have to deal with it. I am sorry, I do not agree with that logic.

I do agree that one has the right to weigh however much one wants. I was in the morbidly obese category myself and while I did not say, “Hey I want to weigh 340 pounds,” it was still my choice. Through slothfulness and poor food consumption; it was my choice to allow myself to almost reach the 350 pound mark. So, with that said, if a person is one of the many who chooses an obese lifestyle, then one also must accept the responsibility for the limits obesity imposes.

I, on a fateful day, made a decision to accept responsibility for the self-made mound of flesh and fat I had morphed into and changed my physical condition. I don’t know how much Mr. Smith’s tips the scale these days.  I am aware that he has lost some weight, but claims he will never be thin.  If he would like to ensure that he will never again be fat, will be forever fit and enjoy a better quality of life for himself and his family,  I will make this offer:

I will give up my practice and dedicate one year of my life to help Kevin Smith shed his excess weight and improve his fitness.

Once we agree upon an  acceptable fee then, for that year, he will be my only client. I will relocate to an area of his choosing and assist him in embracing a fit lifestyle.

I doubt he will take me up on my offer, but I make one guarantee, once I get him in shape he will love his new fit lifestyle

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared onWYLN TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his web site www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

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Jack LaLanne “A Founding Father of the Fitness Movement”


I wrote this back in 2011, the day after I learned of Jack LaLanne’s passing.  I have included a YouTube posting I just recorded.

Jack, you are greatly missed  and  you continue to inspire.

Thank you,

Joe

“I can’t afford to die, it will wreck my image!” Jack LaLanne.

PCPFS Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jack L...

Image via Wikipedia

Well Jack, death could never wreck your image.  Yesterday, fellow chiropractor and fitness enthusiast, Jack LaLanne left this earth.

I know the nick-name, godfather of fitness, was most often associated with Jack LaLanne, but in my mind, along with Bernarr MacFadden and Angelo Siciliano better known as Charles Atlas, these three men made up the holy trinity of health.  They were the founding fathers of the mass media fitness movement.

However, unlike the founding fathers of our country who gathered at a hall in Philadelphia, these three great men spanned different eras, and Jack spanned the globe.  Atlas and LaLanne both learned either directly or indirectly from MacFadden and each went on to impact anyone who has ever broken a sweat in the name of fitness.

Jack LaLanne was a bodybuilder and one of the original visitors of muscle beach.   An unhealthy, sugar addicted child he met MacFadden inspired Paul Bragg, and it was through Bragg that a young Jack was given the foundations to take control of his health.  Jack used his newly found education and sought to inspire the world.

If you have ever used a leg extension or smith machine — you have Jack to thank.

If you are an athlete who utilizes weight training to excel in your chosen sport — you have Jack to thank.

If you are a woman who enjoys the benefits of exercise and weight training, yep, you guessed it — you have Jack to thank.

Bernarr Macfadden,

Image via Wikipedia

Bernarr McFadden scowled,Weakness is a Crime, Don’t be a criminal!”

Charles Atlas promised, “To make a man out of you.”

Jack, well, he came into our homes every morning and showed us that being fit and healthy was a goal unto itself.

Before experts complicated exercise, Jack kept it all simple.   Although he owned and endorsed health clubs, he showed us how to work out at home.  While medicine was searching for a panacea in a pill, Jack knew that proper nutrition  combined  with exercise were the only keys to good health.  He, through his longevity, demonstrated how easy it was to remain fit and live a healthy life.

Dr. Jack LaLanne had a profound influence on me.  It was his example I followed when I set up my simplified eating plan.  It was his model I used when I designed my easy and effective exercise strategy.  And, it was his inspiration I followed when I chose brevity and basics in writing my book.

Jack LaLanne receives a Lifetime Achievement A...

Image via Wikipedia

The last interview I saw was on his 95th birthday.  He was spry, excited and as motivational as ever — he had a glint in his eye and a joy in his voice.  I know it is unrealistic, but some people you just never expect to die, and in Jack’s case that is not so far-fetched.

His physical existence may have ceased, but because of  every person who endeavors to improve their health via lifting a weight, jogging,  swimming,  doing a Jumping Jack, so named for him,  or choosing a bowl of berries over a bowl of ice cream — Jack LaLanne will live on forever.

*****************************************************


Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q

and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

Good-bye Jack LaLanne


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Today is a sad day for those of us who are fitness enthusiast.  Anyone who has ever lifted a weight, jogged or done a jumping jack probably know the name Jack LaLanne.  I just read that one of the founding fathers of fitness and fellow chiropractor Jack LaLanne has passed away.  I have cited Jack LaLanne in previous writings and  I will write more later today.

McDonald’s and The Center for Science in the Public Interest


Doc Joe was listening to the Webster and Nancy show on  WILK newsradio this morning when he heard John Webster make mention of a lawsuit involving McDonald’s.  So, on  today’s pdocast Chiropractor Doc Joe Leonardi talks about the the Center for Sceince in the Public Interest‘s law suit involving fast food giant McDonald’s

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