Trainer Tip – Squat to High Pull

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 The squat to high pull is an exercise that I like to do frequently to strengthen my lower and upper body at the same time.  You get everything in the front and back of your legs, your butt, core, and shoulders.  Since so many muscles are at work, you will also notice your heart rate increase.  Therefore, there is a cardiovascular benefit as well.  To start, grab either a kettlebell, or two dumbbells and stand up tall with your feet about shoulder width apart with the weight in front of your thighs.  If you’re looking to get a little more inner thigh involved, you can separate your feet a little more.  From there, drop down into a squat as low as you can while keeping good form.  Once you’re as low as you can get, drive through your heels to stand up.  As you’re coming up, bring the kettlebell, or dumbbells up high until your elbows are even with your shoulders.  Keep in mind too that the kettlebell or dumbbells should never come up above your elbows.  For an extra challenge, you can do this exercise with one arm instead of two!

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