LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack LaLanne is being remembered in Los Angeles by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other fitness buffs who call him a pioneer.

Schwarzenegger told mourners at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills memorial park that LaLanne was a “true saint” who helped millions of people avoid poor health.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the former governor of California compared LaLanne to leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

LaLanne was 96 when he died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his Morro Bay home on Jan. 23.

He was an apostle of fitness decades before celebrity exercise gurus began to flood the airwaves.

As early as 1936, he opened a gym that encouraged weight-training for women, and his TV show offered viewers ways to shape up.

Preaching exercise and a healthy diet, LaLanne also wrote books and marketed supplements and juicers.

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Comments (4)
  1. Karen says:

    Jack LaLanne DID influence me. When he passed, I reminded my mother that I indeed brought her to the TV and we exercised. Today, I’m 50 and my resting heart rate is the same as my age. THANK YOU Jack LaLanne. I even joined your gym and am still a member. I plan on exercising until the day I die too.

  2. Jennae Davison says:

    Jack was a man who inspired and encouraged so many people. From “jumping jacks” in grade school to pumping iron in the gym, Jack LaLanne pioneered the very thing we know as physical fitness today. This article, and the video included, is a great reflection on his life and accomplishments: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/01/jack_lalanne_will_shame_you_wi.html

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