You know you should, but you can never seem to find the time! We all know exercise is so important for our overall health. Tomorrow, skip the snooze button and you will have time to fit in this quick 15 minute strength circuit workout. This workout alternates upper body and lower body muscle groups to help you blast more calories in less time. It only takes 15 minutes, so get moving!
For 30 seconds, complete as many reps of each exercise as you can. Do not stop between exercises. Move from one exercise to the next, completing as many reps of each exercise as you can for 30 seconds. Then, rest one minute between circuits. Repeat for a total of three to four sets.
You will need hand weights to complete this workout, try starting with eight to 12 pound weights.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides, palms facing your body. Sit your hips back and bend your knees to lower your body as far as you can, keeping your back flat and core tight. Press through your heels to return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat for 30 seconds.
Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend forward from the hips until your chest is almost parallel to the floor, arms straight and weights in line with your shoulders. Pull the dumbbells up, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Pause and return to starting position. That’s one rep. Continue for 30 seconds.
Place your hands on the floor just outside your shoulders, and extend your legs behind you, body forming a straight line from head to heels. Keep your back flat while you lower your body toward the floor. Straighten your arms to return to start. Repeat for 30 seconds.
Get into a pushup position with your hands resting on dumbbells and your feet slightly more than hip-width apart. Brace your abs as you pull one dumbbell toward your waist. Pause, lower the weight, and then repeat with the other arm. That’s one rep. Continue for 30 seconds.
Hold a pair of dumbbells just outside your shoulders, palms facing each other. Press the weights directly overhead until your arms are completely straight. Pause, and then slowly lower back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Continue for 30 seconds.
Stand with your left foot two feet in front of your right, holding a dumbbell vertically in front of your chest with both hands. Bend your knees to lower your body until your left thigh is parallel and your shin is perpendicular to the floor. Straighten your legs to return to start. That’s one rep. Continue for 30 seconds, and then switches sides and repeat.
Rest for one minute. Then start at the beginning again and repeat for three to four sets. Then get ready for your day and feel great that you have already fit in your workout today!