U Gym Strength Tips

16 Nov 2011
By Ahlanlive.com

Ahlan! editor Nathan Kay’s fourth and final column from the U energy gym

Rear Deltoid Cable Fly

The reverse fly targets the rear delts, rhomboids and trapezius, which sit between the shoulder blades.

The start position for this exercise varies from hands slightly crossed in front of you, to hands crossed all the way to the elbows in front of you.

You then move your hands back with your arms straight in a “fly” motion until they have extended behind your back. 

Finally, you return through the same range of motion to the start position.

Throughout the exercise, your knees should be slightly bent.

L Pull-Ups

The L pull-up is an advanced version of the pull-up, increasing the work done by the abdominal muscles.

Grasp the pull-up bar with an overhead grip, with your hands shoulder width apart.

Hang from the pull-up bar, so that your arms are completely straight.

Lift your legs up until they are straight out in front of you.

Bend your elbows and pull your chest up towards the bar. Your legs should remain at a 90 degree angle.

Raise your body until your shoulders are above the bar.


A typical boxing session stimulates all muscle groups and provides the perfect combination of aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (short-burst, without oxygen) exercise. Indeed, the boxers’ workout is guaranteed to get anyone into the best shape of  their lives.

Ski Ergonomic Machine

Is a great machine to use as it builds strength in the upper body, core and legs, it provides a quality aerobic workout and finally it encourages a proper and effective Nordic skiing technique.

Personal Trainer
Many thanks to u energy & Fitness trainer Shaveer Haripershad

So I’ve been personally trained for four weeks, and I’m delighted with the results. To be completely honest, I didn’t expect to feel much of a difference in just a month, but after three weekly sessions I actually feel a lot more toned and have more energy every day. As promised in this column last week, turn the page to see Shav’s top tips for lower body strength for women, and finally many thanks from me Shav!