Jack LaLanne will receive a posthumous lifetime achievement award next month as five new members will be inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.
This year’s class includes William “Bill” Crawford, the owner and operator of Bill Crawford’s Basic Training, Scottsdale, AZ, and Sara Kooperman, the CEO of SCW Fitness Education, Les Mills Midwest and WaterinMotion. Other inductees are Francis “Rudy” Ruettiger, owner of Rudy’s Gym, Shorewood, IL; Dave Parise, one of the top personal trainers in the country; and the late Sylvia Ulback, a Hollywood fitness guru in the early 20th century.
LaLanne was a 2005 National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee.
“I will never forget the time Jack came into my Nautilus Club on Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles,” Crawford recalls. “It was early in my career, somewhere around 1979. He told me that this time, fitness was here to stay and encouraged me to stick with it. He said I was on the right track. At a time when my friends and family were trying to convince me to get a real job, his words of encouragement meant a lot.”
The induction ceremony will take place April 29 in Glendale Heights, IL. TV fitness personality Gilad Janklowicz, a good friend of LaLanne’s and a 2007 National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee, is scheduled to accept the award on his behalf.
On Saturday, LaLanne was one of six inaugural inductees in the International Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony that was part of the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH. In addition to LaLanne, the inductees were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cory Everson, Mark Henry, Randy Couture and Chuck Wepner.