The 15-Minute Explosive Workout To Blast Away Those Extra Pounds

Nothing blasts away stubborn fat like high-intensity workouts. It gets your heart really pumping hard and gets you to feel those extra calories burning away. This workout exercises many different muscle groups in one go. The more muscle involved, the greater the metabolic demand during and after the workout. Because it needs minimum equipment and hardly any floor space, you can do it at home or your hotel room if you’re traveling.

How To Do The Workout

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You’ll need a pair of dumbbells for this workout. Go with medium weights you’re comfortable holding. The workout consists of three circuits, each with four exercises. Starting with the first one, set a timer for five minutes and complete 10 reps of each move in order, repeating the circuit as many times as you can in that frame. After those five minutes, go right to the next circuit; repeat the same pattern for circuits 2 and 3.

Circuit 1

Squat to Press

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Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders. Hold a weight in each hand in front of your shoulders, palms facing each other. Bend your knees and sit back until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Stand as you extend your arms, pressing the weights overhead. Reverse the movement to lower into the next rep.

Lunge with Curl

Stand with your feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your sides. Take a big step forward with your right foot and bend your knees; lower your body until your right thigh is parallel to the floor as you bend your elbows, curling the weights toward your shoulders. Push through your right heel and step back, standing as you lower the weights to your sides and return to start. Alternate legs with every rep.

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Renegade Row

Get into a pushup position, hands resting on dumbbells. Bend your right elbow to raise the weight to the side of your torso as you keep your hipbones pointing toward the floor. Lower the weight to return to start. Finish all reps, then repeat on opposite side.

Hammer Curl to Press

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand by your shoulders, palms facing each other, elbows pointing down. Extend your arms straight up, lifting weights overhead. Lower weights to return to start.

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Circuit 2

Front Raise

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand in front of your thighs, palms facing your body. Raise your arms to shoulder height in front of you, then slowly lower to start.

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Side Raise

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your sides and palms facing in. Raise arms to shoulder height out to sides, then lower to start.

Rear Fly

Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees bent slightly, torso hinged forward, weights extended toward the floor and palms facing in. Raise your arms to shoulder height out to sides, then lower to start.

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Dumbbell Press

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell above each shoulder with your elbows bent out to sides and palms facing forward. Extend your arms straight up, raising weights overhead. Lower the weights to return to start.

Circuit 3

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Bicycle

Lie face up with hands behind your head. Bend your knees, lifting your feet as you crunch up. Keep your shoulder blades and legs lifted as you rotate your right elbow to your left knee and extend your right leg. Quickly switch sides to complete one rep.

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Lie face down with arms out to sides, palms down. Contract your glutes and abs as you lift your legs, chest, and arms off the floor. Pause; lower to start.

Crunch

Lie face up with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Bend your elbows and place your hands behind your head. Keep your head and neck aligned as you raise your shoulder blades off the floor. Slowly lower to start.

Split Jump

Start in a lunge with your right foot in front. Push off your feet as you jump up and switch legs, landing in a lunge with your left foot in front. Continue to jump, switching legs with every rep.