While actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone may be the most well-known faces of physical fitness, it's gurus and innovators like Jack LaLanne that have made fitness and physical well-being such an important and highly regarded part of life. Born in September 1914, LaLanne is an iconic and highly influential figure for the fitness movement of the late half of the 20th century.
Born in San Francisco, California, Jack LaLanne has always kept his home city close to his heart. A weak and underweight child, he has described himself as being 'addicted to fast food and sugar' in his youth. He was out of shape, unable to complete even the most basic exercise, and so unhappy with the way he looked that he turned to eating disorders and unhealthy diets as a way to look better.
After dropping out of school at a teenager, LaLanne heard a speech from health and training leader Paul Bragg, denouncing high-risk foods like fatty meats and sugar. He immediately made changes in his life, dropping sweet foods and high-fat meals from his diet, and taking up exercise at a pace that would stun even the most enthusiastic and dedicated athlete.