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Episode 12: Elaine Lalanne Age 95 | "If you want to live... Move"


Elaine LaLanne

In this episode we had a chance to talk with a Living Legend.

Elaine is a sparkling, vivacious, motivational public speaker, known and loved by thousands for her warmth, spontaneity, and personal inspiration to others toward a greater joy of living. Even at 95 her appearances are vital, dynamic and life changing to people of all ages. She stimulates, motivates and educates! Since her early days as a television pioneer, and host in 1948, Elaine has lit up screens all over America. She was also an integral part of her husband Jack LaLanne’s television programs, speaking, and other public engagements. As a solo speaker, Elaine was sponsored by Post Cereal promoting her program and her book, Dynastride, a walk and exercise program for all ages. She also toured the country promoting her books. Elaine has invigorated the Jack LaLanne Power and Fusion Juicer infomercials and has made appearances on countless television programs such as The Today Show, The Early Show, Friends, Fox and Friends and Howard Stern. Her unique insight towards nutrition and staying in good physical condition is the reason Elaine commonly becomes a recurring guest at many places where she speaks. At 95 she still hasn’t slowed down and can still do full body push ups. Her years of experience combined with her contemporary business savvy provide an exclusive insight into Jack Lalanne as she answers everyone's questions about her husband. Her presentations even include footage of some of his superhuman feats of strength! Elaine LaLanne, she looks young, she acts young, and inspires her audience to be young at any age! With infectious excitement, she paints a picture of the “YOU” that you want to be.

 

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Have you ever felt like you were speaking with a living legend? That is how we felt in this episode when we were talking with Elaine Lalanne.


Elaine Lalanne is the wife of the great, late Jack Lalanne. Jack is known as the Godfather of Fitness and she is known as the First Lady of Fitness. In this episode Elaine shares about their life, their accomplishments and their relationship. There are so many exercises and pieces of equipment that we use today that are the brainchild of Jack Lalanne.


Talk about Overcomers. Jack accomplished so many things with Elaine at his side. He rehabbed himself before there were rehab clinics to go to. In fact rehabbing his own knee was the spark for his invention of the leg extension that many physical therapists and exercise enthusiasts still use today. Jack was a Chiropractor before it was an accepted profession. He was a manufacturer of fitness equipment before there was such a thing. He opened the first health club in a time when people were being advised against the form of exercise that he was offering. And beyond that in order to equip his gym he had to design, engineer and manufacture the things he wanted to use.


Jack was first labeled a crackpot before he was called an authority. He had to go against so many mainstream beliefs to bring us the advancements in exercise that we still enjoy today.


Elaine shares 95 years of wisdom in this episode. She shares her ARCH acronym for living in Harmony. She shares quotes to live by. She gives advice for a healthy mindset and a long life.


We hope you enjoy this episode. And we hope it gives a proper tribute to these two legends of fitness.

 

MORE ON THE EPISODE

8:22 - 9:05 - Elaine shares about the first commercial that she ever did back in 1948 when Television did not come on until 6PM at night and her pay for the commercial was $10


15:03 - 17:13 - Nowadays it is common for our doctors and coaches of various sports to encourage exercise including resistance training but when Jack Lalanne was first promoting resistance training he was called a crackpot and made fun of. Can you imagine it ...


17:19 - 17:40 - Jack Lalanne was the Steve Jobs or the Walt Disney of fitness. I say that because he was such a visionary. In this clip I was speaking with Elaine Lalanne about how when we open up our gyms we order our equipment but when Jack opened up his first gyms he had to create it because it did not exist yet. When the typical person goes to the gym they witness the exercises being done and choose form different equipment but imagine what it would be like to want to do exercises that haven't been done yet on equipment that hasn't yet been created.


20:33 - 21:21 - Elaine Lalanne shares with us how Jack invented the first resistance bands which were called Glamor bands.


32:57 - 35:40 - Life lessons from Elaine Lalanne. She shares an acronym of ARCH which stands for Attitude, Resistance, Consistency and Harmony. Give a listen. It could change your life.


44:10 - 45:22 - Do you think you are too old to get in shape? Listen to this advice from 95 year old Elaine Lalanne. She tells you what to do if age or injury is keeping you from being healthy.


50:43 - 51:32 - instagram size At Journey I like to say "if you are going to get to a goal then you need to light a fire inside your soul." Elaine Lalanne shares one of her favorite quotes that is very similar. "Tis the set of the soul that sees the goal and not the storms of life." In life we can't get distracted by obstacles.

 

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ABOUT TRAVIS BARNES

Before Travis Barnes became a best-selling author, international presenter, founder and franchisor of Journey Fitness 333 he spent a decade of his life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Upon returning home to his wife and daughter he worked hard to grow himself in the fitness industry so he could buy his family a home of their own. 2 months after buying their home Tropical Storm Lee caused it to be flooded to the second floor. Approximately 1 year after the flood while still rebuilding their home and during the Christmas holiday season Travis was let go from his employment as COO for a local fitness company. After he and his wife spent 6 months as traveling trainers and while still living on an unemployment check and in a FEMA trailer, they began what is now a fitness franchise . Most recently and with the rest of the industry Travis has overcome the obstacles of the pandemic by redesigning his business. Travis has used the pandemic as an opportunity to instead of returning to business as normal, he has returned to business as better than normal. Travis is an Overcomer.


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