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Michele Olson, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery and certified strength and conditioning specialist, loves the dumbbell snatch because of its numerous training benefits. "It's a functional movement, and it engages a variety of muscles in the legs, hips, abs, back, and shoulders," she says. This kettlebell-style move also accelerates the heart rate to burn major calories.
How to do it: Stand with feet wider than shoulders, holding a heavy dumbbell in right hand and left arm extended to side. Keeping head level, chest up, and knees tracking straight ahead, push glutes back to lower into a squat. Explode through hips as right arm performs an upright row. Once dumbbell is at shoulder level, rotate hand up and press weight overhead powerfully (as if punching knuckles through the ceiling). Olson recommends learning the move first, trying 1 set of 10 on each side, and then adding an 8- to 10-pound dumbbell and doing 2 sets of 10 on each side.
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