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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.
April 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
BOSTON  -- Celeste Corcoran, 47, of Lowell, Mass., lost both her legs in the marathon explosions. Her daughter Sydney, a 17-year-old high school senior, was also wounded, hit with shrapnel. The two were staying in the same room at Boston Medical Center on Sunday, tended by Celeste's husband, Kevin Corcoran, 48, a truck driver so stoic that he wouldn't admit he, too, had been injured in the bombing. Lacerations on his legs went unattended for two days as he helped his family.
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.
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.
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
January 29, 2004 | Rafer Weigel, Times Staff Writer
Richard Benavente, a senior at Bellflower St. John Bosco, knows he represents a lot of things to a lot of people. He's their underdog, an inspiration, or, at the least, an example of the benefits of hard work and determination. He just doesn't think of himself that way. Benavente says he's "just a wrestler" determined to win. And he is doing just that -- with only one arm.
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.
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
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.
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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