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February 14, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
February 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah, racked up awards for top spa last year among readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. It's an all-inclusive fitness hotel on 55 acres about a half hour away from St. George. The deal: The all-inclusive Spring Anticipation package comes with three meals daily, guided morning walks, unlimited fitness classes, free Wi-Fi, healthy cooking demonstrations and access to pools, bicycles and workout studios. It's a great way to stay active while unwinding in this red-rock retreat with 82 rooms and 24 suites.
November 12, 2009 | Tom Hamburger
Doctors supervising Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's medical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center frequently discussed concerns about the Muslim psychiatrist's behavior, including his aggressive proselytizing of patients, a Defense Department official said Wednesday. The problems led the doctors to question Hasan's fitness for military service, but no action was taken in the months before he was transferred from Washington to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he is suspected of opening fire last week on military and civilian personnel, killing 13 and wounding dozens.
December 14, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Writing about fitness, we see a lot of gear, clothing and gadgets -- some useful, some fun and some downright weird. So take our advice: When choosing a gift for a loved one this season, think practicality with a dash of indulgence. That doesn't mean said gift has to break the bank, but it should be more exciting than a basic cotton T-shirt or moisture-wicking socks. Here are our picks for some fitness-themed holiday gifts: :: A mat is the most basic piece of equipment in the yoga repertoire, and the most necessary.
October 16, 2010
Over the summer, Kristina Ripatti-Pearce completed Race Across America, a bicycle relay from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. It's considered one of the most difficult races in the world. But unlike her team members, Ripatti-Pearce faced an added challenge -- the young mother of two is paralyzed from the chest down. A former officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, Ripatti-Pearce was on a routine patrol in 2006 when she noticed a suspicious-looking man walking the streets in South L.A. After chasing him for blocks and then jumping on his back, the suspect turned and shot Ripatti-Pearce at point-blank range.
February 1, 2011 | Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Jane Fonda may be the ultimate multi-hyphenate: actress-activist-fitness guru-blogger-philanthropist-author. Now that her new batch of fitness videos for boomers and seniors has been released, the 73-year-old is reinventing herself yet again – this time in the social media space.   In a recent interview, Fonda discussed how she plans to combine her relatively newfound love of blogging (on and social media with her longtime commitment to fitness.   “Older women are the fastest-growing demographic for apps, for iPads – I was told that yesterday by someone I’m going to start working with on a much greater digital [project]
January 26, 1998
Trainer Julia Swinton leads a Corefit class at Zenith Insurance Co. in Woodland Hills. Norm Baker, vice president of human resources at Zenith, brought the training group in as part of the company's continuing effort to encourage fitness. The program has multiple benefits, Baker said. "Traditional barriers of title and level and even gender get broken down. We're all equals in the class. That spills out into the work floor."
April 19, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
An uncomfortable design, a steep price and a lack of features make Samsung's Gear Fit a device users should avoid. Along with two new smartwatches, the Gear Fit is one of three wearable gadgets Samsung began selling this month. The device is designed for owners to keep track of their health and fitness while also being able to check for any notifications they receive on their Samsung smartphones. At $199, the Gear Fit is one of the priciest fitness wearable devices. For the price, the Gear Fit, unlike its rivals, comes with a heart rate sensor -- the key feature to the device.
November 3, 1985 | Richard Eder, Richard Eder is a Times critic and contributor based in Boston
The other day, outside my downtown window, some 2,000 people ran by. That is not strictly true, in fact. It was the start of a 10-mile race and the runners had not had time to really get going. They were packed in from curb to curb the length of Charles Street, which is short. A shopkeeper thoughtfully placed a record player in his doorway to blast out the theme music from "Chariots of Fire." It was the only available image, canned, of the free heart.
September 30, 2009 | Gary Klein
Stafon Johnson's physique and fitness saved his life. The USC running back was able to survive a weightlifting accident because the muscles around his neck helped him keep open a breathing passage, Dr. Gudata Hinika, trauma director at California Hospital Medical Center, said at a news conference today. "Had that been any one of us, meaning me, I would not have survived," Hinika said. "His neck was so solid and so muscular, that actually helped maintain his airway." Johnson was injured Monday during a weightlifting session.
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