January 4, 2010 |
When the New Year's resolution calls for getting in shape fast, joining a gym and pushing yourself hard every day probably won't happen. What will work? Having someone scream, "Drop and give me 20!" Fitness boot camps may be one of the fastest ways to go from zero to fit. The setup is simple enough: A trainer leads a group of clients through an intense hour of cardio and functional-strength training. The secret lies in the circuit-style workout that toggles between cardio and muscle building.
February 21, 2014 |
Fitness trackers are all the rage. But how to choose one? First off, know what you're looking for. Fitness trackers and pedometers are great for walkers and runners but not as adept if, say, you're a swimmer or cyclist. And if you are not a gadget geek, save yourself the grief and go for a simple model. Shop around, read reviews and ask friends for recommendations. In the meantime, here are two of our go-to devices: The One: This model from Fitbit tracks steps, stairs, sleep and more.
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.
July 6, 2013 |
Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career. Tell me what people should consider when they're deciding where to work out. They need to make sure that it is attainable in their lifestyle, not for a short period of time, so I always tell people they need an at-home option and a destination option.
October 16, 2010
Cincinnati Bengals player Terrell Owens' life hasn't exactly been private over the past few years. But those who've followed his personal ups and downs might be less familiar with the athlete's unwavering dedication to his sport, his fitness and his physical health. "I've been in the game for 15 years now," he said, speaking at "Conversations on Beauty, Health & Wellness," Saturday's daylong event sponsored by LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine. "I have to motivate and push myself at all times.
August 20, 2004
Re "Little League's Losing Streak," editorial, Aug. 17: Among the many cited Little League alternatives for physical activity available to kids, you failed to mention one that has been around since long before Little League, Pop Warner, AYSO and all the rest: Boy Scouts. Scouts get to do canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking and many other fitness-related activities. In these activities, "everybody plays" all the time. Almost all organized youth sports programs (even soccer)