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Video: Back in the day Jack LaLanne swam from Alcatraz to San Fran handcuffed

Posted Jan 25 2011 11:27am


As you probably know by now health and fitness guru and pioneer Jack LaLanne died over the weekend at the age of 96 in Morro Bay, California.

Not only did he swim length of the Golden Gate Bridge while toting 140 pounds of equipment but in this old video he swam three miles from Alcatraz to San Francisco handcuffed.

For any ones who ever considered racing the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon the notion of jumping into the frigid waters of the Bay may seem like a taunting feat, but just consider that LaLanne made that exact same swim years before the race ever existed and he did it handcuffed.

LaLanne said, “People thought I was a charlatan and a nut. The doctors were against me — they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks.’’

“When I first started out, I was considered a crackpot. The doctors used to say, ‘Don’t go to that Jack LaLanne, you’ll get hemorrhoids, you won’t get an erection, you women will look like men," he added.

They were of course all wrong.

Just watch the video below.

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