It was in 1936 that Jack LaLanne opened the nation's first health club, in Oakland, California, but for five years before that he had conducted private research on the physiological benefits of heavy exercise. Local firemen and policemen came to his backyard, where he recorded their reps and weight loads and strength changes - all for the first time.
In Jack LaLanne is Still and Animal, Donald Katz interviews the man who proved to America that physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle is possible at any age.
Jack LaLanne is Still and Animal is one of the fascinating profiles featured in The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories by award-winning journalist Donald Katz, available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
It was originally published in Outside, November 1995.
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