10 Minute Workout: Short, Intense Workout To Get Fit

No Time To Work Out? How To Make The Most Of Just 10 Minutes

If you've got 10 minutes, you've got a workout.

That's the consensus among exercise researchers, who are finding full benefits from abridged workout circuits.

In fact, some research has suggested that a short blast of intense exercise can boost metabolism for the entire day more effectively than a workout that's slow and steady. And other doctors stress that a regular exercise practice, even if it's just 10 minutes, can have a lasting impact on heart health and mental acuity, NPR reports.

But not all 10-minute routines are created equal, so we asked some of our go-to fitness experts to create short programs just for you. Here are a few different takes -- from a bodyweight conditioning circuit to a yoga program.

Ben Greenfield, Fitness and Triathlon expert, Get-Fit Guy podcast host:
Complete the following three times through:
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 15 body weight squats
  • 15 push-ups or knee push-ups
  • 15 reverse lunges per side
  • 15 dips (using chair, bench or other elevated surface)

Kristin McGee, Celebrity Yoga and Pilates Instructor:
Do 10 sun salutations, 5 Surya Namaskara A and five Surya Namaskara B.

Joe Dowdell, CSCS, Founder & CEO of Peak Performance gym:
Do the following circuit three times (and see below for a photo guide):
  • 10-12 DB Goblet Squats
  • AMRAP ("As Many Reps As Possible") Push Ups
  • 10-12 Romanian DB Deadlifts
  • 10-12 Chin Ups (band assisted if necessary)
  • 10-12 Standing DB Push Press
  • 30 second Prone Plank
Goblet Squat—Dumbbell

Joe Dowdell's 10 Minute Circuit Workout

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