The First Lady of Fitness Inspired Generations of Women Athletes, Including COE’s Jan Todd

Like many of her generation, Jan Todd, interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and a legend in the powerlifting community, struggled to identify women leaders in fitness. “I was always looking for role models,” says Todd. Fortunately, she found one in Elaine LaLanne, the wife of fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne, who is a staunch advocate for staying active no matter what your age, and an inspiration to women athletes worldwide.