x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Move of the Week: Back extension with arm lift

The sixth exercise in our eight-part weekly series of workouts.

Start in a hanging position with your torso and head towards the floor. Satish Kumar / The National
Start in a hanging position with your torso and head towards the floor. Satish Kumar / The National

Inger Larson, the head nutritionist and trainer at Scandinavian Health and Performance (SHP) in Dubai, demonstrates the sixth exercise in our eight-part weekly series of workouts, while the gym's owner and head trainer Ian Houghton provides a step-by-step below. Do this move alone or incorporate it into your own fitness routine. Go to www.thenational.ae/moveoftheweek, where we collect the workouts and post video demonstrations.

"This exercise can be performed using a light weight or nothing at all. The trick is to make sure your feet are elevated so you remain fairly horizontal."

Using gym equipment, your start position is hanging with your torso and head towards the floor.

Raise your upper body into a straight line, then lift your arms straight out in front of you.

Hold the top position for three to five seconds before bringing your arms back towards your chest then lowering again.

Top tip: Make sure to squeeze the glutes throughout for the best results.

SHP is in Unit 1304, Swiss Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai. Call 050 464 9396 or visit www.shpdubai.com