January 3, 2011
Kicking and punching are great for boosting one's heart rate and toning muscles. But add some self-defense and street-fighting techniques and the adrenaline really starts to flow. Krav Maga is the Israel Defense Forces' hand-to-hand fighting and self-defense system, taught to ordinary Joes and Janes who want to be able to handle themselves if attacked. This challenging, full-body workout will also get anyone in shape. "With Krav Maga your focus is on defending yourself, so you're working out without realizing you're working out," says Marcus Kowal, general manager and instructor at Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center in West L.A., which has franchises across the country.
January 3, 2011 |
Put away the eggnog and break out the tennis shoes ? it's New Year's resolution time, and no doubt millions have made the pledge to get fit. Many of them will join a gym only to find they're bored with the monotony of cardio equipment and weight training routines. But exercise shouldn't be drudgery. Plenty of pleasurable activities deliver a legitimate workout without the hamster-on-a-wheel feeling. Surfing, kayaking, ballroom dancing, trail running and self-defense classes are just a few ways to avoid a fitness rut or supplement a regular gym workout.
January 2, 2011 |
The new year is the perfect time to get out of your fitness rut -- especially if resolutions are on the line. These two workouts couldn't be more different: self-defense technique Krav Maga and ballroom dancing. Yet each offers a way to shape up and build skills. Here are two experts who can get you started. Los Angeles Times staff writer Jeannine Stein will host a live Web chat Monday at 11 a.m. PST (1 p.m. CST, 2 p.m. EST) first with Darren Levine , a master of the Israeli combat technique Krav Maga, and then with ballroom dance instructor Peri Rogovin of 3rd Street Dance in L.A. Each will answer questions and give advice on their specialties.
December 30, 2010 |
With New Year's resolutions in the planning stages, we're sure that many of you are contemplating getting in shape. Again. What's the strategy--joining a gym? Buying a treadmill for the house? Why not do something fun that's also a workout? The Aqualillies , a Los Angeles-based synchronized swimming and dance troupe, is starting up six-week sessions of classes from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12 at the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach. A prerequisite for the classes is having good swimming skills and being able to do the the crawl, backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke.
May 9, 2005 |
When Christy Adair decided to take a self-defense class, she figured it would come in handy when she was traveling solo in foreign countries for work. What the production auditor didn't count on was how it would help her handle volatile producers, negotiate for better jobs, drop annoying friends and give the boot to her boyfriend. Going through the program, she says, "was almost like a rebirth. I became the person I always needed to be."
October 4, 2004 |
Though exercise is in and of itself a good thing, some people prefer folding it into another pursuit such as dance, rock climbing or in-line skating. In "Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method -- for Fitness and Self-Defense," learning self-defense moves can also serve as a vigorous upper and lower body workout.