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August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung wanted to outfit their new L.A. boutique, Poketo, with display tables that were not only modern but also inexpensive. Their solution was a cool, custom look that could easily translate as a DIY desk. “I wanted the look to be simple, honest and modern,” said Vadakan, who agreed to share the materials and process with readers. One key, Vadakan said, was a solid-core birch door repurposed as a tabletop. He bought 42-by-80-inch doors, $138 each, from Taylor Brothers Architectural Products in Silver Lake, but stock doors at most hardware stores also would work.
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SPORTS
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
HEALTH
July 25, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here are two variations of back arches that will help counter the effects of rounded shoulders. Slouching tends to shorten the muscles in the front of your body and can overstretch the muscles in the back. These moves reverse that action and help improve your posture. Lie face-down on a mat. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your buttocks. Reach back and grasp each ankle with the same-side's hand. Keep your heels close together and your knees parallel to each other as you inhale and raise your chest and legs away from the floor.
HEALTH
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.
HEALTH
October 20, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
You want your legs to look great from all angles? Why aren't you doing a lunge that works your thighs all the way around? The skater lunge, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and featured on his "Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout" video game, hits all the major muscle groups in your upper legs, without putting as much strain on your knees. What it does This challenging exercise works your glutes, quadriceps and a bit of your adductor muscles and hamstrings, for 360-degree sculpting.
HEALTH
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.
HEALTH
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 www.legsforlife.org.
HEALTH
July 28, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trainer Jackie Warner says she loves the exercise called sprawls because it is based on mixed martial arts practices. It focuses on the upper body and is very challenging, says Warner, whose latest book is "10 Pounds in 10 Days. " What it does Sprawls will work the chest, shoulders and body core. How to do it Stand on a soft surface such as grass, with legs straight and shoulder width apart. Lean forward and place your palms down on the ground in front of you, also about shoulder-width apart, then fling your body backward so that your body is extended, legs straight.
HEALTH
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.
NEWS
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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