Think you can’t get in a good workout in 15 minutes? Think again. Men’s Health has an entire book of 15 minute workouts packed with everything from body weight to dumbbell to specialty equipment … something for everyone. Check it out here and check out the sample workout below.
Complete the circuit by doing each exercise for 45 seconds. Rest 1 minute. Repeat 2 or 3 times. Start with a 15-pound dumbbell. Add weight as you progress, but don’t go so heavy that you need to rest between exercises.
With arms nearly straight and feet just beyond shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell over your right shoulder. Bend your knees and forcefully rotate your torso left as you draw your arms down and across your body. When your hands go past your left ankle, reverse the motion. Then switch sides. Keep your abs tight to prevent injury.
Standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, grasp a dumbbell by the ends and hold it straight out from your eyes. Now try to press the ends together as you simultaneously push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Pause, and push back up.
3. Standing Pressout
With your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell by its ends and next to your chest. Try to press the ends together as you simultaneously push the dumbbell away from your body and slightly up (to eye level) until your arms are straight. Pause, and pull the dumbbell back as you squeeze your shoulder blades together.
4. Towel Row
Secure a towel around a dumbbell’s handle. Grab an end of the towel with each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend at your hips, keep your lower back flat, and lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor. Pull the towel ends to either side of your abdomen. Pause and lower the towel.