June 14, 2004 |
Aerobics classes used to be all about the cardio. Maybe some resistance and abdominal work was done at the end, but the hour was pretty much devoted to raising heart rates and getting the sweat to flow. A recent trend has been incorporating strength training by doing circuits or using equipment that adds a strength component. In Denise Austin's new video, "Power Zone: The Ultimate Metabolism Boosting Workout," Austin incorporates a stretchy fitness band throughout the workout.
August 12, 2002 |
Question: I like to do both cardiovascular and strength-training exercises on the same day. Is it better to do one before the other or does it matter? Answer: This has been an ongoing question for years. Coaches and professional athletes who train for specific sports especially want to know which sequence will most assist our efforts to lose weight, improve cardio function and gain strength. But there has been little research on which order of exercises is most advantageous.
January 3, 2011
Surfing may be a clichéd pastime in Southern California, but make no mistake, it is physically and mentally challenging. The pros just make it look easy. Catching a wave may be harder than it seems, but after a class or two even the most challenged surfer can maneuver on a board. "The most important thing is somebody's will ? if they want to do it," says Patrick Murphy, owner of Venice-based Learn to Surf LA. "The oldest person we've had here was 72, and he stood up on his board.
April 30, 2001 |
Question: I was wondering if there is a type of exercise to reduce the fat from my thighs soon, especially the inner and outer parts. Please consider that I don't want bulky muscles. CHERYL BREWER Newport Beach Answer: For summer, get to work today on these exercises. * Straight-Legged Deadlift: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Grasp two light dumbbells and let them hang in front of your body.
June 25, 1997 |
Dyan Cannon's two cats, Puppy and Kitty, were snoozing in cushy chairs while we sat on her living room floor, talking, laughing and snacking on fruit. The actress, whose latest movie, "Out to Sea," with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, opens next week, slowly peeled the skin from a tangerine. "Look at that," Cannon, 60, observed. The tangerine spray had caught inside a sunbeam and that made her smile. * Question: You're really enjoying life, aren't you?
April 6, 2013 |
If you were trying to conjure up a perfect group cardio workout, it just might look like one of the classes at ElliptiFit. Classes at the boutique fitness studio in Los Angeles offer a low-impact, full-body workout. There's upbeat music. Individualized instruction. It's all over in a brisk 45 minutes. And, best of all, classes take place under low lights, so you don't have to worry about sticking out like a sore thumb if you've never seen an elliptical machine before, much less danced with one. ElliptiFit is the brainchild of owner and head fitness instructor Annette Comerchero, who says her goal was "the best possible workout you can get, in the shortest amount of time possible, having the most fun. " Check, check and check.
September 20, 2013 |
The burpee exercise done with a medicine ball is a wonder in efficiency, working several muscle groups at once, while raising your heart rate to burn fat, says Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. What it does This explosive move works the muscles of your legs, chest, arms and shoulders. What to do Start by standing with legs more than hip-width apart, clutching a medicine ball of 2 to 10 pounds at your chest with both hands.
December 5, 2002 |
Dating in Los Angeles can make you feel like you're just spinning your wheels, but these days spinning my wheels is actually getting me somewhere. At least four times a week, I find myself in a dim, sweaty room where the music pumps so loud the walls sometimes vibrate. We ride stationary bikes during one-hour challenges that take us up and down hills, through intense interval jumps, and endurance tests.
November 11, 2010 |
The gut checks came early for Nikki Caldwell's team, far removed from the glare of a big game. At any given moment during a preseason practice, the UCLA women's basketball coach would make her players line up on the court and, one by one, look at themselves in a mirror that had been pulled off the locker room wall. If a player felt she had given a full effort, she would give a thumps-up and move on. If not, she would flash a thumbs-down and the entire team would commence an intense two-minute cardio workout.