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June 29, 2009 | Karen Voight
Back pain can often be the result of very tight gluteal muscles. So we all need to stretch our hips. This is true for athletic people and for those who are sedentary. Here are two variations of stretches that will help you develop more flexibility in your outer hip muscles. -- Karen Voight 1 Stand arms' length away from a sturdy chair. Facing the back of the chair, balance on your left leg as you bend your right knee and place your right ankle across your left thigh (just above the knee).
April 21, 2014 | By Kari Howard
In the past few days at Coachella, there's been a lot of writhing and hip-pumping (deliberately avoiding the word that starts with T and rhymes with working). I've seen people standing so still, it's as if they're on a high that's left them feeling like they'll shatter if they take one step. And that was all just onstage. PHOTOS: Weekend 2 | Weekend 1 The range was so striking, I decided to rank some of these artists on the movement spectrum. Ranked from least action to most, they are: 10. Paul Westerberg of the Replacements.  First, this was one of my top two acts of the weekend - so fans, control your outrage, please.
October 5, 2009 | Karen Voight
The more active we are, the tighter our hips tend to be. Perform this stretch on a regular basis and you'll keep those strong gluteal muscles flexible. -- Karen Voight 1Sit in a cross-legged position on the floor. Inhale and sit up tall. Hold your right ankle in the palms of both hands above your left knee. Relax the right buttock muscle and allow your right thigh and knee to drop toward the ground. Hold for 3 to 6 breaths. 2Move into a deeper stretch by grasping your hands together under your right leg and cradling your ankle and knee in your arms.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
May 23, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Develop strength and balance in your back muscles as well as flexibility in your hips with this seated pose. Remember to keep your back upright and straight during the entire move, and don't be surprised if it's more difficult on one side than the other. Begin by sitting upright on a level surface. Extend both legs out in front of you, knees and toes pointed up to the ceiling and back straight. Bend your left knee and place your left ankle across your right thigh just above the knee.
September 27, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Overtraining your legs or heavy strength training for your thighs can lead to tight quadriceps and hip flexor muscles. It's important to keep these muscles flexible with a simple move, which you can do at a wall for added stability. When you feel comfortable, move away from the wall and practice holding your balance while practicing this pose. Face a flat wall and stand an arms-length away. Shift your weight over your right leg, bend your left knee and grasp your left hand around the arch of your left foot.
February 1, 2010
This is a great stretch for loosening up the outside of your hips and thighs. It you're not limber enough to hold your foot, you can hook a strap or a towel around it to help you reach it. -- Karen Voight 1Lying on your back, bend your right knee into your chest. Keep your left leg extended straight out on the floor in front of you. Straighten your right leg, holding the outer edge of your right food with your left hand or using a strap. Press the thumb of your right hand to the top of your right thigh where it meets your torso.
March 5, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Seldom has a top-billed star of a play spent less time on stage than does Billy Dee Williams in "If These Hips Could Talk," at the Wiltern. I didn't time his appearances, but it felt as if they totaled about 15 minutes out of a show that lasts almost three hours. His raffish looks and voice still have their appeal, and his name is surely expected to lure middle-aged women who still think of Williams as the hottest man in Hollywood.
August 11, 2003
The key to playing great tennis, according to tennis coach Jack Broudy, isn't just in the swing. The hips have a lot to do with a player's ability -- specifically, rotating those hips in a figure-8 motion. That movement, Broudy said, adds to a player's range of motion and helps maintain balance. * The 8-Board: Broudy's business partner Paul Mayberry invented the 8-Board to help people become comfortable with making a figure-8 motion before they engage in sports such as tennis and golf.
October 13, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
A stability ball is a powerful ally in your quest for flatter abdominals and a cinched waist. Not only can it make that plank or crunch more challenging, it also ups the ante on standing abdominal work such as the Russian twist, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer and group fitness instructor Amy Dixon, who uses the move on her "Give Me 10 Core Cuts" DVD. What it does This exercise tones your core, loosens your hips and gets your heart...
April 10, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
One of the major draws of this year's Coachella - and the whole of the upcoming festival season - is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," helped define the late 1990s and '00s. Outkast, which headlines Coachella's opening night Friday, is one of America's great hip-hop exports. A smart, sonically curious Southern concern, the team reveled in pushing the boundaries of a genre that was trying to recover from the twin deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court. One of those bullets penetrated Reeva Steenkamp's head and broke up in her brain, causing a catastrophic injury, and another hit her right hip, shattered a hip bone and broke into small pieces in her body, said pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy.
March 5, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. A "Game of Thrones" mixtape. Let that sink in for a second. Now. What would that sound like? War drums and pastoral lutes? Maybe some gutteral Gregorian chants? Music that sounds like Marcus Mumford's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather? Lots of Iron Maiden? Deep tracks from Jethro Tull? No. When you think of “Game of Thrones,” you think hip-hop and reggaeton -- of course -- and if you don't, the series is hoping its new mix will set you on the proper course.
March 4, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Fox has tapped Grammy award-winning producer and rapper Timbaland to produce and write music for the new pilot "Empire," the network announced Tuesday. “Empire” is a family drama anchored in the hip-hop world and will feature both original and current music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will star. Howard will play Lucious Lyon, the charismatic, savvy head of a record label. Henson will portray Cookie, Lucious' ex-wife, who spent 17 years behind bars for dealing drugs and upon her release for good behavior returns to reclaim what she feels is hers after she funneled all that drug money into her husband's fledgling music business.
February 26, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches on "The Voice" amped up the inter-chair drama -- yes, even further -- on night two of the Season 6 blind auditions. There was name-calling, umbrage taking and the defending of reputations. (Usher and the rest of us have been advised to remember Shakira's hips aren't the only part of her that don't lie.) There were sneaky last-minute spins to try to outmaneuver the competition (backfired!), crude jokes at one another's expense (something about rainbows and orifices it's best not to dwell on)
February 24, 2014 | Randall Roberts
One of the year's most anticipated hip-hop releases, Schoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" lives up to its buzz. Both heavy with bass and filled with memorable hooks, Q's long-gestating major label debut is tight in length and rich with intent. "Oxymoron" arrives in the wake of fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar's Grammy album of the year nominated "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. " That's a lot of pressure for anyone's major label debut, but Schoolboy Q meets those expectations. "Oxymoron" presents 12 bass-heavy tracks upon which the artist born Quincy Hanley explores his neighborhood, his hedonism and his rough-and-tumble early life hawking Oxycontin tablets on street corners near his 51st Street and Hoover neighborhood.
December 1, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
You might not think of the crab as nature's most graceful creature, but if you mimic its stance when you stretch, you'll open up the tight muscles of your front body and give your backside a workout at the same time. Demonstrated here by fitness expert Mike Fitch, who uses it in his Animal Flow body-weight resistance class, launching in January at all Equinox gyms, the crab reach is a great way to warm up and start your fitness routine. What it does The exercise stretches all of the muscles along the front of your body while flexing the hamstrings, glutes, back extensors and arms.
August 8, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This is a simple yet challenging way to strengthen your gluteal and hamstring muscles. The stretch band adds resistance to increase the intensity of this move, but you can also get the benefits without it. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart. Stretch a resistance band across your hips and anchor the band on each end with your hands. Raise your hips up to the ceiling, further stretching the band. Hold your hips up as you straighten your right leg in front of you, forming a 45-degree angle with the floor.
February 23, 2014 | By Adam Winkler
What's the best way to minimize the number of guns on California's streets? That's the question confronting gun control supporters after this month's ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down San Diego's restrictions on carrying handguns in public. That case was brought by gun owners who applied for but were denied permits to carry concealed weapons. San Diego will undoubtedly appeal the decision in the hope of saving its restrictive policy for awarding concealed carry permits.
February 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers' starting backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick didn't play against the Toronto Raptors Friday night, but there is a chance Paul and Redick could play Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said they will "get together as a unit" Saturday so Paul and Redick "can be active" and a decision can be made on whether they play. Paul missed his 18th consecutive game with a separated right shoulder and appears to have the best chance of playing against the Raptors.
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