15-Minute Workouts for Busy People

Achieve any fitness goal in 15 minutes or less with one of these 10 quick and simple routines

November 12, 2010
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Quick and Simple Routines

It takes about a millisecond to find a reason not to exercise when you have three places to be and your BlackBerry's on fire. Luckily for you, it is possible to squeeze a workout into your busy schedule with these effective 15-minute routines from Men's Health and Women's Health magazines. Whether you want to build bigger biceps, lose weight, or sculpt a sexy back, we've got you covered--so stop making excuses and start sweating. 

7 Easy stretches to do at work

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Beth Bischoff
Tighten Your Core

Target your core muscles with these four exercises that also work your calves and quads. Start during a commercial break, and you'll be back in front of the TV before Monday Night Football returns.

Try the 2-Minute Drill

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Beth Bischoff
Flatten Your Belly without Crunches

Ditch the boring crunch routine and try this quick workout that also strengthens your lower-body and back muscles for faster results. You don't even have to hit the gym to complete these four easy moves.

Get a Flat Belly Fast! No Crunches!

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Beth Bischoff
Build Bigger Biceps

All you need is 8 minutes to bulk up your arms. The variety of exercises and repetitions found in these three moves is an expert-approved way to stimulate muscle growth. 

The Superfast Circuit

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Beth Bischoff
Tone Your Triceps

Grab a pair of dumbbells and bid farewell to flabby arms. Just perform these three easy exercises 2 or 3 days a week and you'll turn heads at the next cocktail party.

Sculpt Sexy Arms

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Beth Bischoff
Bulk Up Your Lower Body

Condition your calves, quads, glutes, and hamstrings with these four dumbbell moves. Strengthen your legs and save the skinny jeans for your girlfriend, sister, and neighborhood hipster.

15-Minute Workout: Ground Force

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Beth Bischoff
Build Long, Lean Legs

Challenge your lower-body muscles in the time it takes to blow-dry your hair. Perform these three moves and tone your butt, thighs, and hamstrings in no time.

15 Minutes to a Scorching Lower Half

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Beth Bischoff
Strengthen Your Whole Body

This workout combines multiple moves into each exercise for a routine that challenges your muscles from head to toe. All you need is a barbell and a few weights.

Muscle Made Easy

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Beth Bischoff
Sculpt a Sexy Back

To shape your upper back and shoulders, try this triumvirate of body-weight exercises. You'll improve your posture and boost your confidence. 
The Best Exercises for a Backless Dress

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Beth Bischoff
Blast Fat Fast

Three efficient moves and 15 minutes is all it takes to fire up your metabolism. By performing exercises that work every muscle group, you'll condition your body to burn more calories and build lean tissue.
3 Moves to Rev Your Metabolism

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Beth Bischoff
Improve Your Sex Life

Who says all your workout goals have to be fitness-oriented? Enhance your satisfaction in the boudoir with four exercises that target smaller muscles--and make a huge difference in your sex life.

4 Sex Exercises to Try

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