Jack LaLanne Challenges
1954 (age 40): Jack
swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco underwater
with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks. A world record.
1955 (age 41): Jack
swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco while
handcuffed. When interviewed afterward, he was quoted as saying that the
worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which reduced his chance
to star jump significantly.
1956 (age 42): Jack
set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You
Asked For It, a television program hosted by Art Baker.
1957 (age 43): Jack
swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. The
swift ocean currents turned this 1-mile swim into a swimming distance of 6.5
1958 (age 44): Jack
maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco
shore. The 30-mile trip took 9.5 hours.
1959 (age 45): The
Jack LaLanne Show went nationwide, Jack did 1,000 star jumps and 1,000
chin-ups in 1 hour and 22 minutes .
1974 (age 60): For
the second time, Jack swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf. Again,
he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a
1975 (age 61): Repeating
his performance of 21 years earlier, Jack again swam the entire length of
the Golden Gate Bridge underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was
shackled and towed a 1,000-pound boat.
1976 (age 62): To
commemorate the United States bicentennial, Jack swam 1 mile in Long Beach
Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing
the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people (representing the Spirit of
1979 (age 65): Jack
towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and
shackled, and the boats were filled with a total of 6,500 pounds of
Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.
1980 (age 66): Jack
towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he
towed them for more than 1 mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 (age 70): Once
again handcuffed and shackled, Jack fought strong winds and currents as he
swam 1.5 miles while towing 70 boats (bearing a total of 70 people) from the
Queen's Way Bridge in Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary.