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.
June 27, 2013 |
If you go to a gym to work out, you know the sinking feeling when you arrive only to find that it seems everyone who has a membership has decided to muscle up at the same time. But now there's an app for figuring out the times when the gym is going to be mega-crowded. GymFlow this week launched an early tester program for its Apple and Android app, which promises to give users a real-time measure of how crowded local gyms are. A group of USC students created the app last fall and tested it out at the school's Lyon Recreation Center.
June 2, 2013 |
Stairmaster for 10 minutes, treadmill for 30 minutes, three sets of 10 repetitions including barbells, dumbbells, weight machines, and then repeat them all. Although I'm no stranger to the gym, it's challenging to stay fit and to keep track of my workouts. Luckily, there are a slew of fitness apps and tech tools to help. So much so, that the mobile health app marketplace has an estimated 97,000 apps for iOS and Android that want to help you lose weight, track your fitness, manage chronic diseases and address other health issues, according to Research2guidance research specialists.
May 21, 2013 |
More physical education in kindergarten through fifth grade means less chance of obesity, especially for boys, researchers say. The study provides some of the first evidence of a causal effect between gym and childhood obesity. It is to be published in the Journal of Health Economics. A number of health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have advocated for increased gym class time as one response to the dramatic rise in childhood overweight and obesity.
May 19, 2013 |
Tracy Anderson Given all the buzz last month around the opening of fitness guru Tracy Anderson's flagship super-studio in Brentwood - a partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is Exhibit A for Anderson's handiwork - it comes as no surprise that the celebrity trainer is extending her lifestyle brand into fashion. Just weeks ago, the Tracy Anderson line debuted with compression-fit capri leggings ($60) in three eye-catching fabrics: red tartan plaid, oversize multi-color polka dot and glittery metallic.
April 21, 2013 |
As details have begun to flow about the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers, the media and the public have seized on some obvious bullet points: that the perpetrators were Muslims; that they were of Chechen descent; that they seemed alienated (one of the brothers allegedly said he "didn't understand America. ") There's one detail about the life of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, though, that I hope doesn't get blamed for his later actions. Tamerlan, who died in a gun battle with police Friday morning, trained as a boxer, sometimes at a local fight gym called Wai Kru, which has two locations in the Boston area.