Posted Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at 12:39 PM
Fitness pioneer and juicer enthusiast Jack LaLanne died yesterday at the age of 96. A two-time member of
80 Over 80
" list, LaLanne began broadcasting fitness programs in 1951 and stayed on the air for decades. Last week, as part of
special fitness issue
, Emily Yoffe
tried out some of his vintage 60s workouts
While she found the routines "barely more strenuous than brewing a pot of tea," Yoffe also highlights LaLanne's "winning, evangelical confidence" in his female viewers. "He spoke directly to these women, and he wanted their lives to be better," she writes.
LaLanne seems to have loved the ladies till the very last: In an interview last September with ESPN , he attributed his health and longevity to a lifelong devotion to "clean thoughts and dirty girls."