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Old 30 January 2011, 08:05 PM
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Comment: Jack Lalanne passed away last week and now I keep hearing people
say that the "Jumping Jack" was named for him. Others seem to think a
jumping jack is a centuries-old toy that the exercise resembles. Which is
correct, if either?
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Old 30 January 2011, 10:35 PM
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I actually have a third theory (which admittedly I have just made up) that it dates from the days of the sailing (Royal) Navy where exercise was neccessary but space limited and jumping exercises were the logical result. British sailors were known at the time (and still are in some circles as Jacks (or Jack Tars)).
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Old 31 January 2011, 02:44 PM
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I did jumping jacks in gym class long before Jack LaLanne was a celebrity.

The jumping jack toy dates from the 1880s. Since its motion was the same as the exercise, it seems logical that the toy was the origin.
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Old 31 January 2011, 03:22 PM
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I agree that Lalanne wasn't the source of the term, but how old were you when you started taking PE? Lalanne was on network TV more than 50 years ago.
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Old 31 January 2011, 04:36 PM
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I started to say, jumping jacks may go all the way back to the Middle Ages, but hey--Jack LaLanne died old!

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I agree that Lalanne wasn't the source of the term, but how old were you when you started taking PE? Lalanne was on network TV more than 50 years ago.
I started doing them in first grade, when I was six. That was 52 years ago.
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Old 01 February 2011, 02:57 PM
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You need to update your profile.
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They were also saying on XM yesterday that he is the source of the term "jacked" when used to mean muscle-y. I call shenanigans on that too, because I think it's a relatively new term (15-20 years?) long after LaLanne was really known for being buff, and not a juice guy.
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I figure the name "Jack" is (or, rather, was) just very common. Look at how many folk tales and nursery rhymes have someone named Jack, John or a variant there of.
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They were also saying on XM yesterday that he is the source of the term "jacked" when used to mean muscle-y. I call shenanigans on that too, because I think it's a relatively new term (15-20 years?) long after LaLanne was really known for being buff, and not a juice guy.
No, he WAS a juice guy! I totally want one of his juicers
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Is a jumping jack the same as a "star jump"?

Maybe they changed the name when he got more famous.
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No, he WAS a juice guy! I totally want one of his juicers
Oh, yeah, he definitely was the juice guy. I was just saying that, IIRC, by the time "jacked" meant "ripped" he was the juice guy, and not as well known as someone who had been, at one time in his life, "Jacked."
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