September 14, 2013 |
Mimi Benz discovered her fervor for hot exercise by accident. She had taken heated yoga classes but had never thought to combine high temperatures with her true passion, indoor cycling, until the air conditioning broke during a cycling class at her gym. From that first hot ride, she was hooked. "I loved it," says Benz, explaining that with a heated workout she didn't have to waste time warming up. "It improves blood flow throughout your body, so you go into a high-calorie burn more quickly.
September 6, 2013 |
The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband is one of the latest entries in the growing field of wearable fitness tracking devices. The wristband, arriving on the heels of the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband but priced lower at $99.95, is a cool little gadget that, like the others, motivates you to up your activity game. Unlike its predecessor, the Fitbit One, the Flex is a minimalist silicone bracelet that comes in small or large, black or slate, to be worn 24/7 so you're always on the hook.
September 6, 2013 |
Put that exercise tubing to work with the lawn mower, a version of the classic bent-over row. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey, who uses it in his "Core: Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great upper-body strength move to add to your routine. What it does The stationary lunge and pull works your latissimus dorsi and rear deltoid muscles, as well as a bit of your biceps. In the advanced version, the triceps also are engaged. What to do Place the tubing on the floor and step on it with your right foot, leaving just a little bit sticking out to the outside of the foot.
August 31, 2013 |
Outside of team sports and oft-dreaded physical education classes, exercise for kids has always been a catch-as-catch-can affair. And nowadays, drawing any youngster from ever-present computer screens can be a daunting challenge for parents. Some of the latest success stories take a page from popular fitness trends favored by adults. Scaled to suit budding athletes, these activities are designed to engage a kid's mind and provide a good workout. -- CrossFit Kids at CrossFit Hollywood CrossFit Kids at CrossFit Hollywood: (323)
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August 28, 2013 |
Several guns and other equipment were stolen from a California Highway Patrol vehicle this week, officials confirmed Wednesday. The weapons were stolen while CHP officers conducted a training exercise Monday afternoon at Stevenson Ranch in Santa Clarita, said CHP spokesman Saul Gomez. The thief or thieves made off with two AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, two shotguns and two Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handguns, the Santa Clarita Valley News reported. A bulletproof vest, handcuff keys and an officer's ID badge were also taken.
August 23, 2013 |
My co-tester went off to college last week, and I'm a little worried about how he'll keep in shape. Ever since I started this fitness gear column for the Los Angeles Times in 2002 - now up to 280 of them - my son, Joey, has helped me test pull-up bars, elliptical machines, pole-driven skateboards, Trikkes, mountain bikes, golf Frisbees, mini-snow sleds, bodysurfing hand-planes, five-toed running shoes and more. At 7, Joey was my stoker on the back of a $600 Raleigh Companion kid-friendly tandem, which I then bought and rode him to school and back on every day until eighth grade, when he told me it wasn't cool anymore.
August 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The brutal military crackdown on civilian protesters in Egypt has damaged President Obama's already battered prestige and credibility in the Middle East, analysts say, but the deepening crisis isn't likely to threaten America's core security interests in one of the world's most volatile regions. Egypt's powerful military leadership may be offended by Obama's decision Thursday to cancel a biennial joint military training exercise that was scheduled to start next month to show his displeasure with the rising death toll, arbitrary arrests and virtual martial law. But the generals who toppled the democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3 are not likely to suspend crucial counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington, halt oil tankers and other commercial shipping in the Suez Canal, or jettison the peace treaty with Israel that has formed a cornerstone of regional peace for three decades.
August 15, 2013 |
CHILMARK, Mass. -- President Obama on Thursday canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt in the wake of a violent crackdown on civilians by Egyptian security forces. Obama, who met Thursday morning with his national security team, said he is also ordering a review of other steps the United States might take amid concerns about the continuing violence. “We want to sustain our relationship with Egypt,” Obama said, but “our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets.” The biannual “Bright Star” military exercise with the Egyptian military was scheduled to take place next month.
August 9, 2013 |
Kettle bell exercises are a great multi-tasker, packing cardio and strength training in one fluid, low-impact session. The kettle bell snatch is a natural progression for those who have mastered the basic kettle bell swing. The move is demonstrated here by David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train LA in Hollywood. What it does The swing-and-press movement works your back, glutes, hamstrings, triceps and shoulders. What to do From a standing position with feet more than shoulder-width apart, grab the kettle bell and swing it between your legs, keeping your spine in a neutral (not arched)
August 3, 2013 |
It's been a year since Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Since then, some basic facts about Page have come to light. We now know that he was involved with white supremacy groups and that he was the founding member and vocalist for a neo-Nazi band. A former soldier, he had been heard to disparage Muslims, calling them "towel heads. " Even Page's body served as a temple for his racist beliefs, bearing a tattoo of the number "14. " Among white supremacists, this stands for a 14-word credo coined by one of their heroes, David Lane: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.