x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Move of the Week: TRX chest press

This TRX exercise will target the muscles in your chest, triceps, shoulders and core.

Step 3. Satish Kumar / The National
Step 3. Satish Kumar / The National

Michael Lancaster, a TRX-trained personal trainer at Dubai's Platform 3 gym, demonstrates the first in our eight-part weekly exercise series of TRX workouts. Do this move alone, incorporate it into your own fitness routine or watch this space over the next seven weeks to create a comprehensive, total-body, strength-building regime.

1. Have the TRX extended to its full length. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your arms extended in front, holding the TRX handles in line with the chest. Keep the body in line with no bend in the hips or knees.

2. Keeping the core muscles tight, lower the body so that the arms bend to 90 degrees at the elbow.

3. Raise the body back to the starting position, focusing the tension through the chest and arms.

Key point Make sure your hands are high enough during the movement so that the straps don't rub against your arms.

Progression/variation Take one foot off the floor to put an emphasis on your balance.

Muscles targeted Chest, triceps, shoulders and core.

Sets and reps One to three sets of 15 to 20 reps, with 30 seconds to one-minute rest between sets.

Equipment Platform 3 sells TRX Suspension Trainers for Dh950. They can also be purchased from major sporting shops throughout the UAE.