“I am blessed to have the LaLanne name and really honored to continue that fitness legacy with the CrossFit method,” says Chris LaLanne, owner of LaLanne Fitness and grandnephew to the great Jack LaLanne, the health and fitness pioneer who recently passed away at age 96. Chris, his wife Maribel and their son celebrate Jack’s legacy at their San Francisco box.
“He was a pioneer godfather of fitness, and so he was just trying to just demonstrate that to do fitness or to become fit, you’re capable of doing anything. Your body is amazing,” Maribel says.
Jack LaLanne helped people help themselves, which is the same mission Chris and Maribel have taken up through LaLanne Fitness. He says the LaLanne name helps draw an older crowd, while CrossFit draws in younger athletes.
“I think Jack would be very proud of the growth of our community and to see us move on and expand and grow even bigger,” Chris says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 19 090112 by Neil Anderson, published Jan. 13, 2009.