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Ending position for bent over row with Laura Salcedo at Cross Fit Mountain’s Edge. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Personal Trainer - In tennis, powerful swings start with a strong back

Apr 21, 2014 6:00am

I like training sports athletes. It’s fun to create a program for people with sport-specific performance as their goal. It’s a diversion from my usual efforts to make a male athlete “buff” or a...

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Movie Review — ‘Out of the Furnace’

Dec 06, 2013 1:20pm

Shortly after announcing to the world that they’re expecting a baby, a couple of teens are sent to kill each other, as well as a beloved 80-year-old woman and other national heroes, all to...

Trainer Laura Salcedo demonstrates the starting position for the L-Sit exercise. (Justin Yurkanin, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

PERSONAL TRAINER - Put L-sits on list for better strength, stability

Dec 04, 2013 6:21pm

L-Sit is a powerful gymnastic basic. Gymnasts pass through the L-sit a few times during a routine as a transitional movement. It is a demonstration of strength, stability and virtuosity.

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Book Review - ‘The Dogs of Christmas’ by W. Bruce Cameron

Dec 02, 2013 8:02pm

This Christmas, you’re giving up a lot.

You’re giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You’re giving up money to make sure the best gifts are beneath that tree on Christmas...

Trainer Laura Salcedo demonstrates the finishing position for the close grip push-up at Mountains Edge CrossFit in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (Justin Yurkanin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Personal Trainer - Working ‘go’ muscles aids ‘show’ muscles

Nov 29, 2013 4:47pm

Confusing “show muscles” with “go muscles” is a frequent mistake in the fitness culture.

“Show muscles” are everything you can see from the front: abs, chest, biceps and quads (if you don’t...

Movie Review - ‘Homefront’

Nov 29, 2013 3:20pm

James Franco is both the best and the worst thing about “Homefront,” the new backwoods thriller in which Jason Statham turns rednecks into broken-necks.

“My name is Gator Bodine,” Franco...

Let the holiday cooking begin

Updated: Nov 27, 2013 11:02pm

Cheese balls and cheese dip … the holidays would not be complete without them, and there are as many recipes for each as there are people who make them. It seems that all local cookbooks will have...

Book Review - ‘Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World’ by Mark Ellwood

Nov 25, 2013 9:02pm

You thought you’d never reach the door.

There you were, day after Thanksgiving, three o’dark a.m., and the Black Friday line stretched a mile in front of you.

What, exactly, possessed...

‘Hunger Games’ sequel ‘Catching Fire’ much better than it needs to be

Nov 22, 2013 3:43pm

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” should more than satisfy the cravings of fans who’ve spent the 20-month gap between movies quivering with anticipation.

Get it? Quiver-ing?

Oh, well....

Book Review - ‘27: A History of the 27 Club’ by Howard Sounes

Nov 18, 2013 5:06pm

You remember the first time you heard it.

Was it the guitar that first touched your soul and called you to dance? Or maybe the bluesy tones made you sway, or the sitar, the drums, the listen...

Movie Review - ‘All Is Lost’ steers Redford into Oscar contention

Nov 15, 2013 10:39pm

Just you and Robert Redford. On a boat. With no one around for miles.

Watching “All Is Lost” is like living out the fantasy pretty much every heterosexual woman has had at some point during...