This 3-Move Workout For a Stronger Body Only Takes 15 Minutes
Trying to figure out what you should do for your next workout is as challenging as figuring out when you're even going to find the time to exercise. With this workout, there's no research required, and it only takes 15 minutes. As busy as we get, we can always find time for an episode of Scandal, and those commercials alone are much longer than this workout.
This workout isn't just time efficient; it's also effective. By the end of the workout, you'll have worked your entire body while also getting your heart rate up. To put together this workout, we enlisted the help of Youfit Health Club's National Director of Fitness, Raphael Konforti. "While it's pretty quick, you'll be working the majority of the time. By doing this circuit, you'll spend as much time exercising as some people do in 30 minutes," Konforti told us.
Directions: Do each exercise for a total of 45 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Do not take breaks between each move. After completing all three exercises, rest for 45 seconds. Repeat for five rounds.
Keep reading for more details and tips on each exercise.
The king, or — as we like to think of it — queen, of all exercises is the deadlift. Deadlifts target the backside of the body, from the hamstrings and glutes all the way up the back. If you were picturing yourself picking up Jon Snow out of that icy lake, this is the move for you.
Trainer tip: "Deadlifts are the go-to move for targeting and tightening up the glutes and strengthening the back," said Konforti. "To lower the intensity, you can decrease the weight or do partial range of motion, stopping at knee height."
If deadlifts are the queen of exercises, squats aren't far behind. Depending on your speed, squats can also rev the heart rate up.
Trainer tip: "We squat in everyday life all the time. From getting on and off the couch to picking something up, it's an essential move that makes life easier," said Konforti.
Push-ups are a full-body affair, making them one of our favorite exercises. If you find yourself motivated to master push-ups after this workout, you need to start our 30-Day 100 Push-Up Challenge.
Trainer tip: "Push-ups have survived just about every fitness fad there is — rest assured you're in good hands with this move," said Konforti. "Push-ups can also be modified by placing the knees on the ground or by elevating the hands to a couch or wall."