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Exercise of the Month

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Exercise of the Month

Each month, I am going to highlight one exercise—or a group of exercises---that I think will benefit you in your quest to become leaner, stronger, and fitter.

It may target a particular section of your body (think butt, hips, abs, etc.), and are all designed to get that area tighter…toner…and stronger.

This month, I am going to highlight a combination exercise that targets your ENTIRE body—all in one motion.

It’s called the Squat Thruster (or the squat into dumbbell press)—and it’s a killer for your butt, shoulders, and core.

Actually…it’s more of a full body exercise than anything else.  If you’re looking to get stronger legs, butt, shoulders, and core…then this exercise is for you.

But it’s not just about your butt…or your shoulders…or even your core…

This exercise also improves the mobility in your hips, tones and strengthens your upper back, and gets your heart rate up as you do it.

Here’s how to perform the DB Squat Thruster:

1. Begin with the dumbbells at your side, your legs are shoulder width apart, and your abs “tucked” in towards your spine (for stability).

2. Lower your body until your knees and hips are fully bent (90 degree angle) or until your thighs are just past parallel and your knees travel slightly outward in the direction of your toes (normal squat position).

3. Pause at the bottom of the movement for 1 to 3 seconds.  Squeeze your glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, and push your body (through the heels) upwards, extending at the knees and hips as you move upwards.

4. As you accelerate to the top of the movement, drive the dumbbells up to the shoulders, and then drive them up off the shoulders and up.  “Throw” the weight from your shoulders, and drive the dumbbells over your head by extending the arms upward.

If you want to add a little spice to your leg workout—or just add a killer exercise to your workout--then you should definitely give the DB Squat Thruster a try.

More on the way, So STAY TUNED and any questions just give us a call 518-456-2582


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