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July 21, 2008 | Jay Blahnik, Special to The Times
I have heard that the push-up is the best overall exercise for toning and strengthening the upper body. Is this true? Dan Long Beach There is no perfect exercise -- but the push-up is pretty darn close. It doesn't require any equipment, it conditions several muscles at the same time and it can be done almost anywhere.
October 17, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Shares of Mattel Inc. rose 92 cents today after the company announced that its third-quarter profit dropped 3.5% as the global economic downturn hurt sales of its Barbie dolls and Fisher-Price toys. Investors pushed the stock to $20.50, up 4.7%, because of Mattel's wider profit margins, lower commodity prices and effective cost cutting, analysts said. "They've been able to successfully raise prices and aggressively shave operating expenses," said Chris White, an analyst with Wedbush Securities Inc. "So the thinking is, with these improvements in place, there's a lot of earnings leverage and earnings can grow."
September 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans spent more in August than the month before, buying more cars and paying up for gas. But many funded their expenditures by raiding their savings accounts. Consumer spending, a major contributor to the country's economic activity, increased 0.5%, or $57.2 billion, to a total of $11.2 trillion. The gauge had risen 0.4% in July, according to the Commerce Department . But personal income only grew 0.1%, the same amount as in July. The savings rate slipped to 3.7% of after-tax income after reaching 4.1% the previous month.
July 7, 2008 | Karen Voight
Even everyday activities require upper body strength, especially in the biceps (which help bend the arms), the triceps (which straighten the arms) and the deltoids (which lift the arms). The traditional push-up is an excellent way to strengthen all these muscles at once. And for an extra challenge, try doing it with a yoga block. -- Karen Voight 1Start on all fours, positioning a yoga block just beneath your frontal hip bones. Now place your hands directly below your shoulders. Curl your toes under and straighten your knees.
August 17, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Looking for a total body exercise that stretches and strengthens? Try the down dog push-up. Demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element's Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners DVD, this move tones your upper and lower body, while loosening up your hips and hamstrings. What it does This hard-body twist on a classic yoga pose builds strength in the core, chest, arms and shoulders and leaves you feeling long and limber. How to do it Start with feet together on a yoga mat and place your hands down on the mat in front of you. Shift your hips up and back until you are in an inverted "V" position.
February 20, 2006 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at
The push-up is always an effective and efficient strength-training move because it works your chest, back and arms. But if you're looking for a new way to do push-ups, try performing them with a set of dumbbells in your hands. You'll support your wrists and get a different angle on a traditional exercise. Start off by doing this move on your knees and, as you progress, straighten your legs and perform it on your toes.
July 12, 2001 | BRUCE KLUGER and DAVID SLAVIN, Bruce Kluger and David Slavin write political satire for
Message to cable news watchers: Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride. AOL Time Warner has named Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine, to head CNN. This occurs just one week after a liberal media watchdog group condemned rival Fox News Channel for what it believes is Fox's chronic conservative slant.
January 24, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Two of the largest U.S. thrifts, Golden West Financial Corp. and Glendale Federal Bank, said Thursday that fourth-quarter profits rose, as a recovering California economy spurred borrowing. By meeting or beating Wall Street expectations, thrifts confirmed they have recovered from the late 1980s and early '90s, when high interest rates and regulatory changes wiped out hundreds of savings banks. Oakland-based Golden West, the third-largest thrift company in the U.S.
April 21, 1989 | TOM REDBURN, Times Staff Writer
West Germany's central bank pushed up two key lending rates Thursday, sending U.S. financial markets into a brief tailspin and abruptly ending a week-old rally that had been fueled by speculation that the Federal Reserve might allow U.S. interest rates to fall. The German action, which caught traders by surprise, provided another sign of how intertwined global financial markets have become in recent years. The move apparently surprised President Bush as well and could lead to renewed tensions between West Germany and the Administration over international economic policies aimed at quelling inflation and stabilizing the U.S. dollar.
July 30, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Flawed specifications for a dam in southern New Mexico cost taxpayers an extra $58.9 million, Interior Department auditors concluded. A contractor was awarded a fixed bid of $44.8 million to build the Brantley Dam, located on the Pecos River 15 miles north of Carlsbad and begun in 1984. But contractors later received $58.9 million more for increased construction costs and interest.
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