Wiki quotes him as saying “that “physical culture and nutrition — is the salvation of America.” LaLanne, was greatly influenced by health food pioneer Paul Bragg. After hearing one of Bragg’s talks, Jack was “born again,” which resulted in a new focus on nutrition, and daily workouts. LaLanne started fitness clubs, authored many books, hosted television exercise programs, invented exercise machines, and inspired billions all over the world to live healthier lives. In addition to these accomplishments, Jack also performed some pretty amazing personal feats of strength and endurance. Here is a list from his Wiki page.
- 1954 (age 40): swam the entire length (8,981 ft/1.7 mi) of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, under water, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of air tanks and other equipment strapped to his body; a world record.
- 1955 (age 41): swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. When interviewed afterwards he was quoted as saying that the worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which significantly reduced his chance to do a jumping jack.
- 1956 (age 42): set what was claimed as a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You Asked For It, a television program hosted by Art Baker.
- 1957 (age 43): swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound (1,100 kg; 180 st) cabin cruiser. The swift ocean currents turned this one-mile (1.6 km) swim into a swimming distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).
- 1958 (age 44): maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore. The 30-mile (48 km) trip took 9.5 hours.
- 1959 (age 45): did 1,000 star jumps and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes, to promote The Jack LaLanne Show going nationwide. LaLanne said this was the most difficult of his stunts, but only because the skin on his hands started ripping off during the chin-ups. He felt he couldn’t stop because it would be seen as a public failure.
- 1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.
- 1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, he again swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.
- 1976 (age 62): To commemorate the “Spirit of ’76”, United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
- 1979 (age 65): towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.
- 1980 (age 66): towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.
- 1984 (age 70): handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.
He had a tremendous influence on international missions, including the China Inland Mission effort.
in 1858 Moody began a Sunday school in an abandoned freight car, and was, before long teaching 1,500 children every week. He preached to crowds of tens of thousands here in America as well as all over Europe, often turning thousands away from his popular rallies. One of the thoughts that inspired Moody was a comment from his friend, Evangelist Henry Varley who said: “The world has yet to see what God will do with, and for, and through, and in, and by, the man who is fully consecrated to Him.” Perhaps D.L. Moody’s life was the answer to that.
Moody’s legacy includes Moody Bible Institute, Moody Radio, Moody Publishers, and much much more. His life continues to bear fruit for the kingdom of God.
Now I in no way intend to deride the accomplishments and life of Jack LaLanne, I am sure he was a good man.
I used these two men and the legacies of their lives to illustrate the following verse: “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”