What a thrill it was when I looked across the aisle! I was in the Columbus Veterans Memorial Arena in Columbus, Ohio at the Finals of the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding and Arnold Strongman Competitions. I arrived early and had a great seat near the orchestra and stage.
As I casually turned my head, my heart skipped a beat as I caught glimpse of the only fitness icon higher on my own personal pantheon than Arnold himself.
I was sitting across from Jack LaLanne!
The “godfather of fitness”, the “first fitness superhero”, host of The Jack LaLanne Show from 1953 to 1985! A trained chiropractor and World War II veteran, Jack started his Oakland California gym in 1936, which served as the prototype for dozens of gyms throughout the country that bore his name. Upon his death, Arnold Schwarzenneger called him “an apostle of fitness” who inspired “billions all over the world to live healthier lives.”
So after my knees stopped shaking like a nervous little boy finally meeting his idol, I popped out of my seat to go over and say hello. I congratulated him on being selected for the Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award that would be presented to him later that night and he reminded me to keep doing my push ups! We snapped a quick photo and I returned to my seat to enjoy the awesome evening.
One of most admirable qualities about Jack LaLanne was his PASSION! Passion to motivate people to take better care of themselves through exercise and nutrition. A passion to inspire people to smile and appreciate their lives so they could experience a happier and more productive life.
Take three minutes out of your day and view this inspirational clip from the Jack LaLanne Show about Unhappy People, where he explains how health and happiness comes from within.
Click here to view the 3 minute video on YouTube.
The Addams Family was one of my all time favorite TV shows! I would literally burst out laughing at the absurd comedy performed by this taleted group of actors. While the dialogue was quite witty, the physical comedy took the cake for me and always provided me with a great belly laugh. (Probably why I loved the Three Stooges as well.)
You’ve probably noticed that not only does a good belly laugh feel great, but it cuts through the daily stress and changes your physical state from one of tension and stress to a state of joy and relaxed ease.
A belly breath forces you to breath deeply down to your center, that place thats located an inch or two below your navel and an inch or two inside your belly. The “power center” is the physical center of mass of your body, but also representes the center of your being. Breathing to your center puts you into “the Zone”, that physiological state where you perform at your best in a relaxed but energized state.
This is probably the reason why I’ve been obsessed by a dumb but hilarious video re-edit that someone named Wally posted on YouTube and Facebook. It’s an Addam’s Family clip set to cool music, and I ‘ve been watching it every morning lately. (Which may seem strange but I don’t care, I love it!)
No matter how I feel, it gets me laughing and brings my breath and energy down to my center, empowering me with good feelings as I get into the Zone! It’s a short silly clip, but I hope you enjoy it. Remember, there’s a reason we say that laughter is the best medicine. Get your daily dosage today by watching this clip!
Click here to view the video
Please let me know how you liked this clip and if you got the same belly aching reaction that I got from it by emailing me back!
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