97-Year-Old Woman Who Revolutionized Fitness Industry Shares Her Anti-Aging Secret

Published 09/05/2023, 8:10 AM EDT

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Legends in bodybuilding are always coming forward with stories and practices. The Golden Era bodybuilding saw Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dorian Yates, among others, who made the bodybuilding industry famous. There was another such woman named Elaine LaLanne, along with her husband, who revolutionized the fitness industry for the common mass, along with bodybuilding.

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She started very young, but now she is 97 years old and continues to exercise every day. She inspires many people even today and has been doing so all her life along with her husband, Jack. 

Elaine LaLanne’s story of introducing bodybuilding to the world

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According to the New York Times, the woman in question helped people become fit and healthy for 50 years along with Jack LaLanne who is her husband. The duo were television personalities who worked as hosts, producers, and guest stars in their fitness show. This show kick-started the fitness world as we know it today.

The woman who is 97 years old and loves to talk in aphorisms has a mantra that says, “Twenty minutes a day gets me on my way,” and she also added about her age, “It’s not a problem, it’s an experience.” She also believes that people do not need extravagant gym equipment to become shredded. According to her, “You do the best you can with the equipment you have”

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At this age she still does two-dozen jackknifes and incline pushups. LaLanne still believes the motivational aspects she said along with her husband for decades. Jack and Elaine inspired the fitness world from 1951 to 1985 and started the fitness movement. Let’s see how they started their exercise and fitness business.

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Jack and Elaine, the creators of fitness as we know it today

Jack was a natural showman performing in acrobatics on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach in the 1930s, while Elaine helped him behind the stage. They owned a huge entertainment and entrepreneurial empire, which included a TV show and several fitness gadgets, food supplements, as well as a gym chain with more than 100 locations all around the nation.

After Jack’s demise in 2011, Elaine ran the BeFit enterprise that has archival videos and memorabilia, under the license of LaLanne’s name. Elaine has also written two books and is preparing for a movie where Mark Wahlberg will play the role of her husband, Jack. The LaLanne’s had such an influence on bodybuilding that even Lou Ferrigno takes her advice still today. 

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Jack and Elaine were in different industries at the start. The then 27-year-old Elaine was a reporter of sorts who smoked and ate doughnuts for breakfast, but after meeting Jack, who was a bodybuilder, she fell for him and his lifestyle of healthy living. Then they took the world by storm with their teamwork of fitness and entertainment. Their legacy is still living and makes the fitness world go round. The foundation of exercising and healthy living came from LaLanne’s and it will live on. One thing that remains constant through the decades is Elaine’s belief, “You have to move. If you don’t move, you become immovable,” and this is true for health as well as life. How do you feel after knowing the incredible legacy of the couple? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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Tanushree Bhowmick is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from an eminent university. Gymnastics, Football, and Fitness have always intrigued Tanushree and inspired her in her professional writing career and lifestyle.
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