squat and row

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Squat and Row

What it does: It strengths the glutes/quads/hamstrings and all of the muscles in your back.

How to do it: Grab the handles of a cable machine, with the cables attached at the bottom of the machine, and step back a few feet. (If you don't have access to a cable machine at your gym, you can secure a resistance band around the base of a sturdy piece of furniture at home.) Stand with your feet hip width apart and your toes pointed straight ahead. Extend your arms out in front of you (there should be no slack in the cable or resistance band), shift your hips back and lower down into a half-squat. Press through your heels to come back to standing as you pull the cables toward your rib cage. Do up to 3 sets of 12 reps.