x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Move of the Week: Elevated split squat

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

Keeping your body as vertical as possible, drop straight down until your knee touches the floor. Satish Kumar / The National
Keeping your body as vertical as possible, drop straight down until your knee touches the floor. Satish Kumar / The National

Inger Larson, the head nutritionist and trainer at Scandinavian Health & Performance (SHP) in Dubai, demonstrates the third 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 fitness routine.

"This exercise is a static lunge. Be aware that the level you are able to bring your knee down will depend on the length of your quadriceps."

Keep your body as vertical as possible, then drop straight down trying to touch your knee to the floor.

Be sure to maintain the body - head, shoulders, hips and knees - in a straight line. Then push yourself back up again.

Repeat the movement, ensuring it is slow and controlled. The knee must be aligned with the foot and hips at all times. To progress to the next level, add weights.

Top tip You don't have to use a step or elevate the front foot as demonstrated. This exercise can also be done by putting your rear foot on the sofa, for example.

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