When we think of genius, for the most part we think in terms of mental or intellectual power. We think of brilliant human beings.
We think of mathematicians or inventors or writers. Painters and sculptors may be in a slightly different category — a little more physical and intuitive — but even here, we still don’t think of artistic gifts as a physical skill. It’s the quality of the mind and heart that manifests as paint on canvas.
In light of this, let’s look at the foundation of our topic for this session, which is physical genius– the genius that expresses itself through physical action, whether it’s running or swimming or hitting a ball or, perhaps, even hitting another person. By the time we’re done,
I think you’ll have an appreciation of what physical genius really is — how you can connect with it in your own life — and how the person I’ve chosen as our model in this session can help you do that.
He once did 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes — an average of 44 push-ups every 60 seconds.
He towed 70 boats at once, carrying 70 people each from the Queen’s Way Bridge in Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary ocean liner, which was anchored a mile and a half away — and he was handcuffed and shackled while he did it. This was to celebrate his 70th birthday.
He also has made the supposedly impossible swim from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. He not only made it, but once again he was handcuffed and shackled when he did it.
Just to make it more interesting, he was towing a 1,000 pound boat.
Jack LaLanne is over 87 years old, and there’s one more feat he intends to accomplish. It’s a swim from Catalina Island to Los Angeles — a distance of 26 miles – and he wants to do it underwater.
Jack LaLanne did not start out as a genius of physical fitness. Into his teenage years, he was a sugar addict and junk food junkie. In an interview, he explained what this meant. “It made me weak and it made me mean,” he said. “It also made me sick. I was nearsighted, and I had terrible skin problems.
He was 15 years old when he attended a talk by a nutritionist in his hometown of Oakland, California. This was a turning point in his life — and at that moment, he decided to totally recreate himself.
He began lifting weights at the local YMCA, and he made changes in what he ate and drank. He also read everything he could find on anatomy, nutrition, and health. Very
quickly, Jack developed the lean, muscular body of an athlete – and a thorough knowledge of physical fitness to go with it. But rather than keep all this to himself, he was determined to share it with the world.
He began to develop approaches to physical fitness and nutrition that were both … Read More