Week 4: quadruped: Lashley Pulsipher, a Pilates instructor at Exhale fitness studio in Dubai, demonstrates the fourth exercise in our eight-part weekly series of Pilates workouts. Do this move alone, incorporate it into your own fitness routine or watch this space over the next four weeks to create a comprehensive regimen. Go to www.thenational.ae/bodyandsoul, where we collect the workouts and post video demonstrations. "A great endurance exercise for strengthening the muscles in your back and improving posture."
Start in an all-fours position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your knees directly beneath your hips.
Raise your left leg, point your toes and then raise your right arm. Exhale and draw your abs in to keep your balance.
Vary the move by first doing it with your hands and feet pointed, in-turned and flexed. Flexing will target your hamstrings and your forearms; pointing will target the front of the leg, biceps and triceps.
Top tip: "Try to hold the move for 30 seconds on each side."
Mat Pilates classes at Exhale start at Dh60; Reformer Pilates costs Dh400 for a package of five sessions or Dh750 for 10. For details and timings, visit www.exhaledubai.com or call 04 424 3777