x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Move of the Week: Pilates push-up

This Pilates exercise stretches the back and the backs of the legs while increasing shoulder stability

Press back up, walking your hands back towards your feet. Lee Hoagland/The National
Press back up, walking your hands back towards your feet. Lee Hoagland/The National

Lashley Pulsipher, a Pilates instructor at Exhale fitness studio in Dubai, demonstrates the last exercise in our eight-part weekly series of Pilates workouts. 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.

"A press-up is always a great full-body exercise; this Pilates variation stretches the back and the backs of the legs while increasing shoulder stability."

Do one press-up - or as many as you can manage - with your elbows in, close to your ribs.

Press back up through what is almost like a downwards dog position from yoga, walking your hands back towards your feet.

Roll up slowly, articulating the spine, creating suppleness and length in the back of the body.

 

Top tip: "What makes this Pilates press-up different is that it's a tricep press-up, not a straight chest-press."

 

Mat Pilates classes at Exhale start from 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