Jack LaLanne's 10 Most Thrilling Fitness Stunts
Swim a mile while handcuffed, shackled, and towing a boat? No problem
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2011 9:13 AM CST
IIn this Nov. 7, 1975 file photo, fitness expert Jack LaLanne, 61, comes out of the chilly water after a successful swim from the Marin County side along the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Jack LaLanne, the legendary fitness guru who died yesterday at 96, was known for his insane physical feats. Aol News rounds up his top 10 stunts:

  • 1955, age 41: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf—a distance of 1.23 miles—while handcuffed.
  • 1957, age 43: Swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a cabin cruiser … which weighed 2,500 pounds. The one-mile swim turned into a six-and-a-half-mile journey thanks to ocean currents.

  • 1958, age 44: Paddle boarded nonstop for nine-and-a-half hours—a 30-mile trip.
  • 1974, age 60: He repeated his 1955 Alcatraz stunt, but in addition to the handcuffs he was also shackled … and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
  • 1976, age 62: To celebrate the US Bicentennial, he swam one mile—again shackled and handcuffed—while towing 13 boats (symbolizing the 13 original colonies) with 76 people on board.
Click for the complete list, including the feat LaLanne himself called his most challenging.

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Jan 24, 2011 4:14 PM CST
Hollywood gossip has it that Jack used to strap a Polish sausage between his legs before he put those tights on; it had something to do with his ratings.
Jan 24, 2011 4:11 PM CST
I remember watching Jack in the mid nineteen-sixties when I was a young boy and was very impressed with his enthusiasm with physical fitness; it was contagious. 96 years is a long run. I guess I’ll need to dig out my Juicer and have a health drink on him. RIP.
Jan 24, 2011 3:12 PM CST
For the ladies in my neighborhood growing up, all Jack LaLanne needed was to keep wearing those tights. RIP Jack