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LA Fit Expo shows off latest products in health, nutrition

Vest

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Richard Beber creates high-priced weighted vests that are better suited to the shape of a woman.

Fitness Expo

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Roland Kickinger is with Sexy Nutrition. He offers clients an eye scan to determine how well their digestive system and major organs are working.

LA Fitness Coffee

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LA Fitness Coffee at the LA Fit Expo. The company claims the coffee's blend of 16 herbs and spices can lead to weight loss.

Squatty Potty

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The Squatty Potty is designed to give people better posture on the toilet, supposedly leading to better health.

Squatty Potty 2

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Bill Edwards is the man behind the Squatty Potty. He claims it can heal hemorrhoids, increase bladder function, and maybe lower your risk of colon cancer.


Amid the strongman contests, double-dutch competitions and exercise classes at this weekend's 10th annual LA Fit Expo, the estimated 40,000 attendees could peruse the latest supposed breakthrough health and fitness products.

You name it, they had it: eye scans, "fitness coffee," high-priced workout vests, even the Squatty Potty.

The Studio City-based Sexy Nutrition offers eye scans that can allegedly discover the problems with a person’s digestive system and major organs. 

“It’s an eye scan where we scan your iris and then we will measure internal deviations – strengths and weaknesses. According to this health evaluation, we will then give you specific protocols” for a customized diet, said the company’s Roland Kickinger.

A few booths over, LA Fitness Coffee pitched itself as a weight-loss drink thanks to its blend of 16 herbs and spices, including ginger, licorice, cardamom and tumeric.

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Expo Line: Routes, fees, stations, and more

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Screenshot via Metro.net

Route of the new Expo Line.

 

Metro's new Expo Line is a light rail.

Service begins Saturday, April 28, 2012

Free rides on opening day. 

Train travels 8.6-miles from Downtown Los Angeles to Culver City.

Full trip takes under 30 minutes.

Station stops every 12 minutes.

176 pieces of new public art debut will debut in the stations.

Follow the train on Twitter and Facebook (or Blog /Website)

 

Station stops:

  • 7th / Metro (Shared with Blue Line)
  • Pico (Shared with Blue Line)
  • 23rd Street
  • Jefferson/USC
  • Expo Park/USC
  • Vermont/Expo
  • Western/Expo
  • Crenshaw/Expo
  • Farmdale
  • La Brea/Expo
  • La Cienega/Jefferson
  • Culver City (set to open Summer 2012)

 

Printables & Resources:

Fact Sheet 
Maps 
Expo Line Art Guide 
Destination Guide
Trip Planner
Fares 

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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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Expo Line to open April 28, mayor announces (updated)

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An Expo Line clearance testing site in West L.A. The new line was set to announce an opening date sometime in the next few months.

Expo Line details were revealed today -- the long awaited line will open April 28, the mayor announced on Friday.

The first phase of the Expo Line will shuttle travelers between the 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega/Jefferson station. The trip should take under 30 minutes, and trains will run every 12 minutes, according to Metro officials.

Also, free rides on opening day. [ROUTE MAP]

Part two of phase one will be operational over the summer, and will take riders the rest of the distance to Culver City, says Metro's blog, The Source.

Expo Line station stops (Phase 1):

  • 7th / Metro (Shared with Blue Line)
  • Pico (Shared with Blue Line)
  • 23rd Street
  • Jefferson/USC
  • Expo Park/USC
  • Vermont/Expo
  • Western/Expo
  • Crenshaw/Expo
  • Farmdale
  • La Brea/Expo
  • La Cienega/Jefferson
  • Culver City(set to open Summer 2012)

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