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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.
June 14, 2004 | Jeannine Steine
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.
January 3, 2011
Surfing may be a clich├ęd 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 | STEPHANIE OAKES
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.
April 18, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The sand dune is 270 feet long and 115 feet wide at the top, with an average slope of 27.7 degrees. Climbing it is a heart-pounding cardio workout, favored by professional and amateur athletes alike. But the popularity of Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park nearly did it in when nearby homeowners complained that fitness buffs were taking their parking spots, crowding their streets and leaving trash throughout the well-kept neighborhood. The dune itself was taking a beating too, as nearly 8,000 people tackled it last July.
May 15, 2006 | John Briley, Washington Post
Within seconds of meeting Keith McLaughlin and stepping on a late-model Precor elliptical machine, I learned the hard truth: I'd been misusing this ubiquitous, deceptively simple-looking aerobic exercise device for years. Don't laugh. You've been messing up too. I came to Sports Club/LA, a tony health club in Washington, D.C.
September 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
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 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Ben Bolch
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.
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