15-Minute Home Workouts

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Too busy (or broke) for the gym? Try these fast and easy fitness routines you can do at home.
  1. 15-Minute Kettlebell (kb) Workout

    Equipment Needed: Kettlebell

    Front Squat

    Hold the kb by the horns in front of your chest while standing with your feet out slightly wider than shoulder-width apart; bend your knees and squat down and then return to a standing position, all while holding the kb in place.

    10 reps, 2 sets

    2 Arm Swing

    Stand with your knees bent and the kb resting ont he floor between your legs. Swing the kb back between your legs with both hands like you're hiking a football, and then swing it back up in front of you to chest height as you stand.

    15 reps, 2 sets

    Front Squat With kb Racked on the Left

    Same as the Front Squat, only hold the kb in front of your chest (place your left hand through the handle in an underhand grip and your right hand over your left; your elbows should be tucked in with the kb handle facing inward and the "bell" to the left), as you bend your knees and lower your butt toward the ground.

    5 reps, 2 sets

    Alternating Swing

    Same as the 2-arm swing, just use one arm now. Keep the free arm out to the side until you reach the top of the swing, where you'll grab the kb wih the other hand to alternate sides.

    20 reps, 2 sets

    Clean on the Left

    Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. The kb should be on the floor between your legs so the handle faces sideways. Rotate your left hand inward so your thumb is pointing back toward you and your elbow is facing out. Squat down keeping your back straight and grab the kb with your left hand. Lift the kb up from the ground as you straighten your legs, lifting the kb up to your chest at the same time (your elbow should be tucked in and the handle facing inward so kb is in the racked position). Return the kb to the ground, rotating your arm back as you return the kb to its original position on the ground. Repeat 2 sets of 8 on the right side.

    8 reps, 2 sets

    2 Arm Swing

    Stand with your knees bent and the kb resting ont he floor between your legs. Swing the kb back between your legs with both hands like you're hiking a football, and then swing it back up in front of you to chest height as you stand.

    15 reps, 2 sets

    Nestpert: Sarah Lurie, RKC, author of Kettlebells For Dummies (IronCoreKettlebells.com)

  2. 15-Minute Valslide Short and Sweet Circuit Workout

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    Equipment Needed: Valslide and Valband (Don’t have Valerie Walters’s secret weapons for whipping her celeb clients into shape? Pick up a kit at Valslide.com, where you can also learn more about the moves in this workout.)

    20 Valband Side Hops on each side

    15 Single Leg Step Up To High Steps on each side

    12 RDL’s

    5 Valslide 3 Point Reach Reverse Lunges on each side

    15 Fire Hydrant With Kicks on each side

    15 Cross and Touches on each side

    Repeat this circuit three times.

    Nestpert: Valerie Walters, celebrity personal trainer, creator of the Valslide , Red Carpet Ready and I Want My Bikini Body workouts.

  3. 15-Minute Total Body Blast Workout

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    Equipment Needed: Nada!

    Round 1

    Strength Exercise

    Squats, 2.5 minutes

    Cardio Challenge

    Jumping Jacks, 1 minute


    Toe Taps, 30 seconds

    Round 2

    Strength Exercise

    Push-ups, 2.5 minutes

    Cardio Challenge

    Squat Thrusts, 1 minute


    Step Touch, 30 seconds

    Round 3

    Strength Exercise

    Alternating Lunges, 2.5 minutes

    Cardio Challenge

    Ski Jumps, 1 minute


    March in Place, 30 seconds

    Final Stretches


    Standing Quad Stretch, 30 seconds for each leg


    Unilateral Hamstring Stretch, 30 seconds for each leg


    Chest Expansion, 30 seconds


    Spinal Stretch, 30 seconds

    Nestpert: Kimberly Spreen, director of group fitness for Life Time Fitness, director of Yoga for Life Power Yoga and cocreator/coproducer of EMPOWER! Fitness Events

  4. 15-Minute Combination Workout

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    Equipment Needed: Set of dumbbells

    Part 1: 10 Minutes of Aerobic Exercise

    Do each of the following moves for 1 minute each:

    March in Place

    Front Heel Touch

    March in Place

    Back Toe Touch

    March in Place

    Side Toe Touch

    March in Place

    Front Kick

    March in Place

    Hamstring Curl (bend and lift your leg behind you, alternating sides)

    Part 2: 1 Minute of Ab Strengthening

    2 sets of 10 Crunches

    Part 3: 3 Minutes of Upper-Body Strengthening

    10 Bicep Curls with each arm

    10 Floor Bench Presses

    10 Standing Rows (hold dumbbells with your arms straight down in front of your thighs, palms facing toward you and lift both up to your chest and lower down)

    Part 4: 1 Minute of Stretching

    Side Bend for 15 seconds on each side (reach your arm over your head as you lean to side)

    Toe Reach (sit with your legs stretched straight in front of you and reach your arms straight out and try to touch your toes; hold for 30 seconds)

    Nestpert: Richard R. Bradley III, author of Quick Fit: The Complete 15-Minute No-Sweat Workout

  5. 15-Minute Circuit Workout

    Equipment Needed: Set of dumbbells and a jump rope.

    Set 1

    Jump Rope, 2 minutes

    Bicep Curl Squats

    Curl the dumbbells up, palms facing up, as you squat down. 1 minute

    Alternating Front Lunge With Tricep Headbanger

    Hold one dumbbell over your head with both hands, keeping your arms stationary as you bend your elbows, lowering the weight behind your head. Lunge forward with your right leg as you straighten your arms and left the weight bag over your head. 1 minute

    Runner’s Lunge/Rear Deltoid Raise

    Standing with your chest over your knees, lunge forward with one leg as you shoot your other leg out in back of you. At the same time do a delta raise, lifting your arms straight out at your sides. Bring your arms back down to your sides as you straighten up. Alternate sides. 1 minute

    Set 2

    Jump Rope, 2 minutes

    Reverse Lunge With Dumbbell Punch Kick

    Hold dumbbells in front of your chest and lunge back with your right leg. As you straighten up out of the lunge, kick your right foot straight out in front of you and punch your left dumbbell at the same time. Alternate sides. 1 minute

    Plie Squats With Shoulder Circles

    Stand with legs a bit more than shoulder-width apart. Hold dumbbells above your head, palms facing forward. Bend legs into a squat as you bring your arms down and out to the sides. Straighten your legs and lift your arms back up at the same time. 1 minute

    Curtsy Lunge With Side Kick

    Stand with both arms in front of you in a boxer pose holding dumbbells. Step backward on a diagonal into a lunge with your right leg back (like a curtsy). As you straighten out of the lunge, do a side kick with your right foot and extend your right arms to the side, palm facing down. Alternate sides. 1 minute

    Set 3

    Jump Rope, 2 minutes

    Squat Pullover

    Stand with feet a little more than shoulder-width apart. Hold one weight with both hands with your arms straight and hands in front of your thighs. Bend your legs into a front squat, lifting the weight straight over your head and lowering it as you straighten up. 3 minutes

    Row Holding Squat

    Hold a squat nice and low and do dumbbell rows (lifting the dumbbell up toward your chest keeping your elbow close to your side and lowering back down so your arm is straight between your legs). Alternate sides. 1 minute

    Glute Bridge Fly

    Get down on the ground in bridge position with dumbbells in each hand and arms stretched straight out at your sides in a "T", with your palms facing up. Lift your booty as high as you can, making a bridge with your body. Bring your arms up over your chest keeping your elbows slightly bent, like you're hugging something. Lower your arms down and repeat, keeping your booty lifted the entire time. 1 minute

    Nestpert: Jackie Warner, author of This Is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever) and creator of four fitness DVDs, including Personal Training With Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training and Personal Training With Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs, and founder of an online personal-training service at JackieWarner.com