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10-Minute Strength Training

Fast, Effective Workouts


Updated July 16, 2009

If you only have 10 minutes for lifting weights, hit your large muscle groups to get the most out of your workout. Slow your reps down--i.e., 4 counts up, 4 counts down to really challenge your muscles. Do them while you watch TV, after work or whenever you can find the time. Try these moves:

All of these exercises use more than one muscle group, which means you get more bang for your buck. Add weight to make the exercises more difficult and perform between 8-16 reps.

Another option is compound movements. Putting two moves together is a great way to work your body in a short period of time. Keep the reps slow and easy to keep perfect form:

You can perform 8-16 reps of each exercise and repeat if you have time. Make sure you warm up with light cardio and stretch between exercises or after your workout. For more ideas, check out this 10-Minute Strength Workout.

No matter how busy you are, you can find time to exercise. Don't be afraid of exercise guidelines and whether you can meet them. Remember that it's always better to do something than nothing.

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