Exercise king LaLanne wants to reach listeners

Jaaaack's baaaack!

Jack LaLanne, the godfather of fitness whose exercise show was on television for a record 34 years, is doing it again.

This time on radio.

"I'm going to pioneer fitness on Internet radio," LaLanne says. "Listen to me. I dare you."

His show may be heard at 9 a.m. Mondays at

In addition to LaLanne, the program features his wife, Elaine, and his 30-year-old grandnephew, who is a personal trainer.

Q: How are you going to teach me to exercise on the radio?

A: Are you sitting down? Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. That's how. You will understand what I am doing. Like sit forward in your chair. Pretend you are riding a bicycle. Pump hard, hard, hard.

Q: Jack, you're 93. Shouldn't you be enjoying life?

A: There is always only one thing on my mind: helping people look good, feel good and live longer. There are so many quacks saying do this for five minutes or do that or eat this or that. I am going to give them the truth.

Q: And what is the truth?

A: Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Together, you've got a kingdom. If you have a Corvette, you don't put water in the tank. The human machine deserves the same treatment. No cake, pies, ice cream, soda. Your hair is out of shape. Your skin is terrible. Your elimination is bad. The wrong fuel in the human machine does that. I am going to motivate people to eat better.

Q: Who is your audience? Older people?

A: My audience is everybody. You know, I invented most of the equipment in gyms.

Q: What do you do every day?

A: My life is an open book. I'm 93 and Elaine is 82. She's my partner and my buddy. We've never been busier or more successful. I have a new book about health and fitness coming out shortly and my juicer commercial on television is selling megamillions. Even in France and Italy. I get thousands of letters.

Q: What do you eat daily?

A: I eat five or six raw vegetables, two or three fruits and some brown rice. Makes me feel so good. If man makes it, don't eat it. You can have a treat once in a while but remember a hamburger is about 2,000 calories and that's all people should eat in a day if they want to lose weight. Would you give your dog a cup of coffee and a doughnut?

Q: Were you always in great shape?

A: Nah. I was a real sick kid. Thirty pounds underweight and psychotic. I was thinking of dropping out of high school. I went to a health lecture. Put a bee in my bonnet. Got on my knees and prayed for the willpower to refrain from eating food that was destroying me. I was a vegetarian for six years and I started working out. Today I eat fish and sometimes a little turkey. Chicken has too much fat. I practice what I preach.

Q: And, of course, you still work out?

A: Two hours every day, seven days a week. Weights for an hour and a half, 30 minutes in the pool. I change my program every 30 days. Do something you can enjoy. Don't get bored. Honestly, I hate to work out but I love the results.

Q: Are you going to talk to your listeners personally?

A: They can send me questions through a blog. This is big stuff. I only have one thing on my mind. Helping people.

Q: And encouraging them to buy a juicer?

A: That's the healthiest thing to do.