Regarded by many as the godfather of fitness, Jack LaLanne passed away last week at 96. I have never seen any of the 3000 episodes of his television show, and before last week I didn’t know much about the man. However, after a quick scan of the internet, I am pretty sure the “godfather of fitness” label is absolutely correct.
At 42 he set the world record for pushups: 1033 in 23 minutes (on television). At 45 he completed 1000 pushups and 1000 chin-ups in 1 hour 22 minutes. At 54 he challenged the 21 year old Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwartzenegger, to a chin-up competition and terminated the Terminator!
The picture above is Mr. LaLanne at age 90, an inspiration for us all.
As I mentioned in this previous post, I have been running sprints every week with my family. I knew I hadn’t set any records, but I was happy with my improving times. Curiosity got the best of me, so I looked up the USA Masters Track and Field Rankings for 2010. Let’s just say the men’s 400 meter champ (age 80-84) has me beat, as does the women’s champ (age 70-74). Ouch. And Wow!
How do you stack up?
|Age Group||400 Meter Men||400 Meter Women||100 Meter Men||100 Meter Women|
I find it humbling that Jack LaLanne did more than 50x the number of pushups that I can do. Equally humbling is the fact that several 80 year old men and 70 year old women can beat me in a lap around the track. In spite of that, I am inspired by their accomplishments and even more motivated to keep improving.