September 7, 2013 |
Greta Goplen stood in position with a cane at the ready, like a ninja warding off invisible foes. As an instructor yelled out directions to the class - "left, left, jab, jab, nose! right, right, jab, jab, nose!" - the 59-year-old raised her walking stick and nimbly thrust it out kung-fu style, swinging it to either side before jabbing it backward. Half an hour later, the class ended. A dozen women quickly sat down to rest artificial hips and arthritic knees. "But I'm not done killing yet," Goplen said, bashing an imaginary mugger on the ground.
September 1, 2013 |
If the first weekend of the high school football season is any indication of what's to come, fans had better be prepared to see lots of scoring. Twenty-two teams scored 50 or more points, and five were in the 60s. Blame it on the spread, no-huddle offenses, which are allowing teams to run plays in rapid fashion, creating more scoring opportunities. "It's definitely because of more plays," said Corona Centennial Coach Matt Logan, whose team scored 60 points against Henderson (Nev.)
August 31, 2013 |
While Marcus Landry has yet to sign a contract with the Lakers, the free agent forward is expected to join the team for training camp. On Friday, Ryan Ellerbusch of Maximum Exposure WI released a video clip on YouTube showing Landry's offseason workout. Former Milwaukee Vincent and Wisconsin #Badgers forward @Mlandry11 expected to be sharpshooter this year for @Lakers . http://t.co/mB6Rq7VCXE - Ryan Ellerbusch (@RyanEllerbusch) August 30, 2013 Landry was a solid presence on the Lakers' summer-league squad where he averaged a team-high 15.2 points through five games.
August 30, 2013 |
This fluid kettle bell combination will work your entire body. It requires that you master two old-school weightlifting movements, the clean and the jerk. Once you get it down, says David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train LA in Hollywood, you'll turn to it again and again because it works so many muscles in such a short time. What it does The combination works your hamstrings, quads, upper and lower back, grip, shoulders and triceps. And the double-dip movement allows you to lift heavier weights overhead for a longer time.
August 30, 2013 |
The Hollywood Bowl is meant to be an exceedingly pleasant place to spend a mild Southland summer evening. The real truth is that this unseasonable summer has probably been a gift to the Bowl gift shop, at least for selling sweat shirts to the unprepared. Thursday night, however, the gods of global warming were content. The temperature was warm enough for the Los Angeles Philharmonic players to remove their jackets but not sweltering for the audience. Brahms' most lyrical symphony, his lullaby-laden second, was on the bill.
August 23, 2013 |
My co-tester went off to college last week, and I'm a little worried about how he'll keep in shape. Ever since I started this fitness gear column for the Los Angeles Times in 2002 - now up to 280 of them - my son, Joey, has helped me test pull-up bars, elliptical machines, pole-driven skateboards, Trikkes, mountain bikes, golf Frisbees, mini-snow sleds, bodysurfing hand-planes, five-toed running shoes and more. At 7, Joey was my stoker on the back of a $600 Raleigh Companion kid-friendly tandem, which I then bought and rode him to school and back on every day until eighth grade, when he told me it wasn't cool anymore.
August 11, 2013 |
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is prepared to return to the lineup this week despite a sore right shoulder but said he hopes the discomfort does not linger. "Hopefully, it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season," he said. Ramirez, who leads the team with a 1.050 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, jammed his right shoulder Aug. 4. He completed a full workout Sunday but said he still felt discomfort when extending his arm on his swing and when throwing to first base.
August 9, 2013 |
The Health section of the Los Angeles Times is determined to help you reach your 2013 health and fitness goals via our #LATFit social media campaign. Friday morning, we're joined by "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince, who has a fitness tip that just might get you bouncing out of bed each morning to get in a workout: Work out with your dog. Pet obesity is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, obesity has increased by 37% in dogs, and a whopping 90% in cats in the past five years, according to a State of Pet Health Report issued by Banfield Pet Hospital, which operates over 800 clinics nationwide.
August 2, 2013 |
Back when I was a kid going to the beach every weekend with my dad, I never thought of body surfing as a workout. It was just pure exhilaration - dog-paddling out there for hours, waiting for a good swell, then swimming like crazy for a couple of seconds to catch the wave and ride it at eyeball level, a human surfboard in a rush of sound and foam. Gear wasn't necessary, other than a fin or two. But when I rediscovered body surfing recently, I was surprised to find that gear for it had evolved and that it was a fantastic all-body workout - and just as much fun as ever.
August 1, 2013 |
A workout by soccer giant Real Madrid on Friday, which was moved to UCLA from StubHub Center in Carson, is sold out and tickets are no longer available to the public, the Galaxy and UCLA said Thursday. The Galaxy initially planned for Real Madrid and Everton FC to hold the open training session at StubHub Center, the Galaxy's home field, with general-admission tickets priced at $35. The session is in preparation of the clubs' play Saturday at Dodger Stadium in the Guinness International Champions Cup. The Galaxy said Wednesday that Real Madrid asked to change the venue to UCLA, where the team has been training since arriving in Southern California on Sunday, and that because of the change Everton would not participate.