|Birth: ||Nov. 9, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 2011|
Los Angeles County
Naturopathic Doctor, Personal Trainer, Bodybuilder and author. Bob is also in the Fitness Hall of Fame.
Bob Delmonteque, maintained a chiseled physique well into his 70s and 80s.
There is not one pioneer in the fitness industry that did not love and respect Bob Del Monteque.
“He was really a freak of nature,” says Bill Hubner, a friend of Delmonteque’s for 50 years. “He was in such good shape. He kept himself in such good shape. Nobody at his age looked the way he did.”
Hubner is the owner of Paramount Fitness, Los Angeles, as well as Fitness USA, which has clubs in Michigan, Indiana and California. He also is a principal partner of The Rush Fitness Complex. Hubner says the secret to Delmonteque’s physique was his dedication.
“We would have a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner, and he would go in the other room and do 1,000 sit-ups,” Hubner says. “He was a great guy. A warm, caring, completely dedicated fitness guy. Everybody knew him and loved him. He made a lasting impression on everybody.”
In an email, Wilson wrote of Delmonteque: “The importance that Jack LaLanne was for public awareness of exercise, Bob Delmonteque was just as important for really pushing conditioning exercise, which was really cardio exercise as we refer to it today. Bob was the originator of a lot of great things in the fitness industry. Bob was willing to be the hands-on guy and let others get the credit.”
An author of several books, including “Lifelong Fitness 2004,” Delmonteque was perhaps best known as a trainer to the stars, training such Hollywood legends as John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
“I got them into shape for movies,” Delmonteque told Club Industry in a 2009 interview. “The studios, when they had an actor that was out of shape, they used to call me, and it was my job to get them into shape. It was a very, very easy thing to do because a lot of them were eating the wrong foods, drinking, not doing any exercise. You’d have two or three weeks. Almost all of the time, you would succeed.”
Delmonteque, who also worked with boxing great Jack Dempsey, long admired LaLanne, Club Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient who died earlier this year at the age of 96. Delmonteque said he wished he had some of the “pizzazz” that LaLanne had.
Delmonteque, who added that he had led “quite an illustrious life,” also worked alongside another Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Joe Weider, on his magazine, Muscle & Fitness. American Media Inc., the parent company of Weider Publications.
I was so not ready for Bob to go (Leah speaking). My boyfriend and I adored him dearly. Mike had just recently honored Bob at Muscle Beach, just in the nick of time for Bob to be aware of. Mike took a signed large poster by many of Bob’s admires to the hospital so Bob could see how much he was respected and adored. I was in the process of making Bob some of his favorite old movies on blank dvds when he passed. Wow, just wasn’t ready for him to go.
Holy Cross Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Maintained by: L. R. G.
Originally Created by: The Sunlight Caller
Record added: Dec 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81718996
Sweet Bob is layed to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Ca. I would like someone to send me a photo of his headstone? There was none naturally immediately. I don't drive. Or I'd be up there to see. Will when I can. email@example.com|
L. R. G.
Added: Feb. 29, 2012
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