What Singapore Fitness Professionals Can Learn From Jack LaLanne

February 6, 2011

Photo Image of Fitness Guru Jack LaLanneOn Sunday, January 23 2010, American Fitness Icon – Jack LaLanne  – passed away peacefully at the ripe old age of 96 after a bout of pneumonia.

Tributes to him poured in from all parts of the world in remembrance of this Great Fitness Guru who almost single-handedly revolutionized the fitness industry, and brought fitness to the masses.

Tales of his past fitness feats and wonderful personality filled the Media as America and the rest of the world struggle to come to terms with the loss of this iconic figure.

Though thousands of miles apart, many over here in Asia – particularly Singapore – felt the impact of the loss too.

As our tribute to this great Fitness Guru, we – at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network – would like to dedicate this blog post to the Father Of Fitness, and at the same time, hopefully inspire all our local personal trainers, fitness instructors, wellness coaches and other exercise instructors  to live up to the high standards set by this fitness pioneer.

As a fitness professional, Jack LaLanne embodies everything that a professional in the fitness/wellness industry should possess – and more – and these include the following:

Being A Superb Role Model

In every aspect, Jack “walked the talk” of his fitness ideology. From his vigorous exercise routines to his strict dietary intake, Jack was a walking embodiment of what a fitness professional should be. Compare him to some of today’s so-called “fitness professionals” – who smoke, drink, party and do drugs – it’s not difficult to see why Jack is a true legend and role model in every sense of the word! 

Being A Great Communicator

Without a doubt, Jack was a superb communicator and people’s person. His effervescent and positive personality coupled with his natural charm helped him to spread the message of fitness and health effectively to the masses. Countless individuals have their lives transformed through exposure to Jack’s TV programs, books and various other products.

Being  A Creative And Innovative Fitness Practitioner

At a time when weight-training was hardly practised and even frowned upon, Jack bravely went against conventional wisdom and daringly advocated training with weights to both men and women. He was also one of the first – if not the first – to promote home fitness training through the use of simple household items like chairs and towels to get into shape. Truly a maverick and pioneer in innovative fitness training!

Being A Lifelong Learner

If there’s one person who truly deserves the award of a lifelong learner, it must be Jack. Always seeking for new ways to challenge and stimulate the human body; Jack carried his obsession with fitness education and learning all the way to his last days, never once, content to rest on his laurels. A true professional – right to the end.  

Being An Inspiration

Who can forget Jack’s great feats of strength, stamina and human endurance – including doing more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on a television show, and swimming from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat! Few, if any fitness professionals in the world could come within a whisker of duplicating Jack’s stupendous feats. And let’s not forget that great physique of his which he carried so well right up to his nineties. Compare that to some of the bloated, out-of-shape “fitness pros” that we see nowadays, it further reinforces how inspiring Jack’s life was.

As Jack passed on to a better world, we hope that the values, morals and example that he has left behind for us, would forever be a yard stick for Singapore fitness trainers and local exercise instructors to measure up to.