15 Minute High-Intensity Workout — No Excuses

I don’t care how busy you are. You have 15 minutes. You do. Don’t lie to yourself. So if you don’t have time for your own full workout, try this one. Only 15 minutes. Extremely simple. All you need is a timer. You could use your phone if it has one too. You can get some of your family to do it with you–it will make it more fun (and entertaining) this way. Most everyone can do it, unless you have a significant injury. Just try it! It gets you working, your heart rate up, hopefully sweating, and your core/legs strong. So here it is…

  • 1 minute mountain climbers

  • 1 minute russian twists

  • 1 minute lunges


Meaning, you perform 1 minute of mountain climbers, 1 minute of russian twists, then 1 minute of lunges. And REPEAT FIVE TIMES. Take as little rest as possible. If you do so, you will have completed a very efficient, high-intensity, muscle-burning workout.

With the mountain climbers, I want you to go as quickly as possible. Keeping the pace up is one thing, but you also need to try to get those feet as close to the hands as possible to complete a good exercise.

With the russian twists, make sure you are doing complete rotations. This means that it’s not just your hands moving side to side, but also your shoulders. You’re doing a complete twist from either side. Once you’ve mastered that rotation, try to get a solid speed going.

With the lunges, if you have enough room you can do moving lunges. Otherwise, place your hands on your hips, lunge forward with the right, bring it back to center, then lunge forward with the left. This way, you stay in the same spot, but still get the full extension of the exercise.

Good luck, work hard, and sweat often! 

13 Responses to "15 Minute High-Intensity Workout — No Excuses"

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  1. calmyourbeans

    January 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

  2. A Bou-tiful Life

    January 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for this. Now I don’t have to search for today’s workout!

  3. Cindy

    January 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    These are some of my favorite moves to get my heart rate up :)

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  5. Andjxx

    January 31, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Looks like Ouch!!

  6. AmyS

    February 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Love short workouts you can do at home!

    • hungryandfit

      February 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      They’re the best!

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  10. Sofia Häger

    August 27, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Hey! I love this workout! I actually just did it! Thanks for the motivation and I’m wondering if you have any tips on similar HIT workouts? Thank you!

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