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July 28, 2012 | By Roy M. Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Some tips for stand-up paddleboarding, from top pro Danny Ching: The paddle: Generally, it should be your height plus 8 to 10 inches. Too short a paddle will make you hunch over and hurt your back. Too long can hurt your shoulders. Stability: Stand in the center of the board with feet shoulder width apart, using the handle as a reference point. Look forward and keep an erect torso and a slight bend in the knees. Think of the paddle as a third leg of a tripod and a stabilizing tool.
January 9, 2012 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Use light weights in this exercise for a convenient, fast and effective way to work the fronts and backs of your arms at the same time. Remember to pull your abdominal muscles in to support your spine in this forward bend. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Grasp a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells, bend your knees slightly and lean forward so your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Keep your elbows next to the sides of your torso. Straighten your right arm behind you until your elbow is straight and next to your body.
December 5, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Begin and end your workouts with this simple but very effective stretch for the sides of your torso. If your hips are tight, you will also feel a deep stretch there as well. Remember to breathe fully and completely while you are holding the pose. Kneel on a flat, padded surface. Keep your right knee on the floor and place your left foot flat on the floor to the side as shown: heel in line with your right knee, toes pointed to the left and your knee directly above your left ankle.
September 23, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Not long into the so-so action thriller "Abduction," Lily Collins is living every teen girl's dream, hanging out in Taylor Lautner's bedroom. No … it's not like that . They're two high-school seniors, sitting on opposite ends of the bed while researching a class project on missing children. They're scrolling through pictures of kids on their laptops, guessing what the children might look like today. For the Record, 7:26 a.m. Sept. 23: The headline on an earlier version of this online article incorrectly referred to Taylor Lautner as Tyler.
May 30, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Your internal and external obliques are located on the sides of the torso. They are responsible for bending and rotating your torso and are used in almost every activity. To train them properly, incorporate twisting moves like this one. Lie face-up on a mat or a flat, padded surface. Raise your legs straight up and bend your knees so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Place both hands behind your head, elbows pointed to the sides. On an exhalation, contract your abdominals and bring your right shoulder toward your left hip. Pause.
March 10, 2011 | By Jim Pelt
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Dodgers said Thursday they hope pitcher Jon Garland will at most miss one or two starts when the season begins because of a strained oblique muscle in his torso. "We still have three weeks left in camp and we really don't need a fifth starter for a little while into the season, so hopefully he won't miss much more than a turn or two," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said after an MRI exam confirmed Garland's injury. Manager Don Mattingly said John Ely and Tim Redding ?
January 3, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Practice this classic yoga posture called "reverse warrior" to strengthen your legs, stretch the muscles on the sides of your torso and open your hips. Remember to be patient with this pose. With regular practice, it will help ease back pain and improve your posture and gait. Begin with your feet parallel to each other in a wide stance. Turn your right foot out and your left foot in slightly. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle so that your right knee is directly above your right foot.
November 28, 2010 | By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who was slashing his mother's boyfriend with a cleaver Friday night in Rowland Heights, authorities said Saturday. Deputies were called to an apartment at the 18500 block of Colima Road shortly after 9 p.m. and flagged by a woman telling them her son was attacking the other man, said Deputy Mark Pope. It was unclear how many deputies rushed into the apartment, but once in there, they saw a man straddling the woman's boyfriend and slashing his head with a meat cleaver, Pope said.
November 22, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If one side of your back feels a little tighter than the other, perform this stretch on a regular basis. It's a simple, excellent way to bring flexibility and balance to both sides of your torso. Start by kneeling on a padded surface or mat. Position a yoga block on the floor just to the right of your body. Place your right foot on the floor with your toes, knee and thigh pointing to the right. Be sure your right heel is lined up across from your left knee. Lift your chest and let your arms hang straight down.
November 15, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here's a simple way to gain flexibility in your lats, chest and shoulders using a wall to support your body weight. Remember to do it after training with weights or whenever your upper body feels stiff. Face a flat, stable wall, and stand a few inches away. Step your left leg about 3 feet behind you, with your right toes facing forward and your left toes turned slightly outward. Rest your arms straight above you on the wall. Inhale and lean toward the wall, bending at your hips. On an exhalation, press your palms together and slide your forearms down along the wall, bending at the elbows.
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