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May 13, 1985 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Joaquim Cruz's long, sinewy legs, which carried him out of a Brazilian slum and to a gold medal in the Olympic 800-meter race last summer, were being pounded and manipulated by a therapist the way one would tenderize a steak. Occasionally, when the therapist reached a sensitive spot near the hamstring, Cruz winced and tightened his muscles. It was obvious that, on this day, Cruz wasn't enjoying his hour-long massage.
September 8, 2003 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at
This exercise will strengthen not only your back and gluteal muscles but also will align your spine and stretch out your chest muscles, helping you avoid developing a rounded upper back. * 1 Lie face down on a mat with your legs straight. Reach your arms to the side at shoulder level with the palms facing the floor. Keep your inner legs close together with the soles of your feet facing upward.
March 28, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
When it comes to training your abdominals, it's important to include the deepest layer of this muscle group ? the transversus abdominis, which is responsible for flattening the stomach. Here is a great way to target this area. Lie face up on a flat, level surface. If you have a Pilates Circle, place it between your inner ankles and straighten your legs above your hips. (If you don't have this piece of equipment, you can do the same exercise without it.) Extend your arms to the sides and bend your elbows so that your hands are over your head.
January 26, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If lower back pain, sciatica or stiffness is slowing you down, steal this move from yin yoga, a gentle style of practice known for its longer-held stretches. This stretch, demonstrated by fitness expert and yogi Jennifer Kries and used in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, will melt away tension, ease pain and clear your mind. What it does The shoelace opens and loosens your hips, stretches your lower back and legs and relieves stress. What to do Start on your hands and knees.
March 7, 1992
My curiosity is aroused. After the Winter Olympics, how long did it take the medical profession to get Paula Zahn's legs uncrossed? WILLIAM J. LEWIS Carson
September 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanism found inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides the first known example of working gears that evolved in a living being. "It's a wonderful example of the clever solutions that nature comes up with," said Robert Full, a biomechanist at UC Berkeley who was not involved in the study.
September 23, 2002
Legs for Life, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology, offers free information and screening through Saturday on peripheral vascular disease, a common but potentially fatal problem in which the arteries carrying blood to the legs or arms become clogged. (877) 357-2847 or
February 10, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Cyclist Anthony Zahn of Riverside, winner of a bronze medal in the individual time trial road event at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, is accustomed to racing the clock. But he's also engaged in a bigger and unwinnable race, a battle he's facing with humor and courage. Zahn, 37, has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a hereditary disorder that affects the nerves in the arms and legs and leads to loss of sensation and atrophied muscles. It has no cure and Zahn said Friday there are correlations between high-intensity activity — such as cycling — and an acceleration of the disease.
September 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
The burpee exercise done with a medicine ball is a wonder in efficiency, working several muscle groups at once, while raising your heart rate to burn fat, says Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. What it does This explosive move works the muscles of your legs, chest, arms and shoulders. What to do Start by standing with legs more than hip-width apart, clutching a medicine ball of 2 to 10 pounds at your chest with both hands.
January 20, 1985 | RUTH YOUNGBLOOD, United Press International
Multiple sclerosis patient Ed Wojcik lay in his bed in despair, unable to move his legs, focus his eyes or speak intelligibly. Once again, the summer heat was taking its toll, but Wojcik's mind was active. "If astronauts can keep cool and comfortable during space walks despite searing solar radiation, maybe something can be done for me," the retired engineer figured.
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