RAC Aware- Inspirational Role Models… of the fitness industry

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Jack LalanneFitness Expert Spanning Multiple Decades
Known as “The Godfather of Fitness”. Touting the benefits of fitness before any of the other fitness gurus, Jack Lalanne hosted a fitness show on television for 32 years, from 1953-1985. Jack was known for taking fitness very seriously, and believed that the strength of the country depended on the physical fitness and health of its people. Jack holds numerous records that may very well never be broken, including one where he towed 70 rowboats the length of one mile in Long Beach Harbor. It should be mentioned that he was handcuffed, shackled, and 70 years old at the time.
Bruce LeePopularized Martial Arts
Known as the legendary Chinese movie star who fought to bring Kung Fu to Caucasians, Bruce Lee was way ahead of his time when it came to fitness. Friends stated that he kept dumbbells in every room of his house, and a few exercises, like “The Flag”, are specifically attributed to him. Bruce Lee released multiple books, but Tao of Jeet Kune Do, the book that detailed his martial art and philosophies on training, stands as his most valuable literary work.
Arnold SchwarzeneggerMulti-Talented Bodybuilder
Most people know Arnold for his many high-profile endeavors, like being the quintessential action movie star and the 38th governor of California. But before all that, Arnold defined himself as a champion bodybuilder, winning Mr. Olympia at age 20, and continuing to win the title seven additional times.
Jane FondaActress, Activist and Aerobics Queen
On April 24, 1982, Jane Fonda released her first workout video, “Jane Fonda’s Workout.” The first of her many aerobics tapes, she inspired women around the world to throw on a leotard, tights and leg warmers and “feel the burn!” Her video created a brand new industry, and became an important part of fitness history. At a time when gyms were still considered men’s spaces, women could get their “sweat on” in the comfort of their own living rooms.
Joseph PilatesExercise Pioneer
Joseph Pilates began to work with rehabilitating detainees who were suffering from diseases and injuries, in World War I. It was invention born of necessity that inspired him to utilize items that were available to him, like bed springs and beer keg rings, to create resistance exercise equipment for his patients. These were the unlikely beginnings of the equipment we use today, like the reformer and the magic circle.
Royce GracieIntroduced Brazilian Jujitsu to the World
Most major American cities now have at least one school dedicated to Brazilian Jujitsu, and that is because of one man, Royce Gracie. Although Gracie Jujitsu was invented by his father Helio, it was Royce who used it to dominate in the early days of mixed martial arts. Entering in his jujitsu uniform with his team of black belt brothers at his back, Royce went on to win UFC 1, UFC2, and UFC 4, before fighting Ken Shamrock to a draw in UFC 5. To this day, no fighter enters the octagon without a thorough knowledge of Brazilian jujitsu, and that fact is due to the success of one man, Royce Gracie.
Richard SimmonsPassionate Exercise Guru
Anyone who watched TV in the 1980 and 1990’s remembers the enthusiasm and iconic look of Richard Simmons. With an emphasis on helping people attain a healthy weight, his numerous appearances on popular shows like the Late Show with David Letterman and the Howard Stern Show have inspired many Americans to hit the gym for the first time. Using exercise to overcome his own childhood obesity, Richard Simmons continues to help millions of people with his remarkable passion and energy.