| Sep 24, 2012
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown — a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters.
They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from...
| Oct 14, 2012
I had such expectations, the cast sounding terrific, the early Oscar buzz.
Then I went and paid to see the worst movie ever made — dumbfounding how anyone ever agreed to make it — an idiotic, stupefying, colossal waste of time.
I sat there...
| Jul 14, 2012
What do you get when you mate old-school strength devices like push-up bars, ab wheels and vertical knee-raise, dip and pull-up stations with balls? Some of the most innovative, effective home fitness devices to come along in recent years.
| Feb 13, 2012
Here's an exercise that will help you get strong abdominals and a flexible spine. For best results, perform this move three or four times a week.
Sit on a flat, padded surface or mat. Place a small inflatable ball or small, firm pillow behind your...
| Jul 28, 2012
Admittedly, I am in the 50th percentile of everything — looks, intelligence, sex appeal, strength. My core muscle group is mostly pudding. I have the muscle tone of $1.99-a-pound sirloin.
When I exercise vigorously, I emit the faint aroma of fresh-...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 5:01 PM
Head west on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. First, you hit the monumentalist architecture of the 24-Hour Fitness club and Road Runner Sports. Then comes the more modest cash-for-gold outlet and a pawnshop. Finally, half-hidden behind a clutch of palm trees...
| Jul 28, 2012
Not many people had heard of stand-up paddleboarding until 10 years ago, when surfing star Laird Hamilton started catching gigantic waves standing on an oversized surfboard that he propelled with a long outrigger kayak paddle. But SUP, as it's known,...
| Jul 28, 2012
Stand-up paddleboarding is free once you get the gear — but the gear's not cheap. Besides the board itself, the shopping list includes a paddle; a personal flotation device (PFD), which has to be worn by those 12 and under or otherwise carried;...
| Aug 11, 2012
If you're ready to ride a bike for fitness but not ready to hunch over like a Tour de France racer or tackle death-defying single-track trails in the mountains, a single-speed, bulbous-tire beach cruiser won't do. You need a "fitness bike," what the...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:52 PM
Bob Baffert is flat on his back and hears those around him saying he has the "widow maker," like he doesn't already know his chest is killing him.
He's in Dubai this past March. He's 59 and figures he's doomed.
"It was like, 'oh man, this is it.' I'm...
| Apr 21, 2012
Home workout products made of resistance cords, including stretchy rubber tubing and retractable nylon cables, usually don't get much respect from hard-core fitness freaks. The innovative products below could change that. Often inexpensive and portable,...