The 15 Best 15-Minute Workouts

Medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on May 18, 2016Written by Kristen Fischer on May 18, 2016
15 Places to Find 15-Minute Workouts

More and more research indicates that you don’t have to exercise for long amounts of time to get great results. Studies show that working out for short, more intense bursts of time every day can have equally lasting, or even more significant, weight loss results than exercising for longer periods just a couple of time a week.

Only have 15 minutes to spare? You can still get in a great workout with these online videos.

Daily Burn’s DB15

This online workout portal has plenty of routines to engage you, but the 15-minute series is the ultimate for anyone short on time. If you don’t have them, purchase home equipment such as dumbbells or a stability ball to use in this series of 15-minute workouts that covers everything from yoga to tabata. The goal is to do the 15 different workouts for 15 days.

Cost: $10 a month

Why we like it: Variety, variety, variety!

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PopSugar’s At-Home Boxing Workout

Milan Costich and Anna Renderer lead you through a primer on model Gigi Hadid’s favorite workout: boxing. This light cardio workout keeps the whole body involved. You can use a light dumbbell, or no weights at all.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Lots of twists that target areas you may not work out very often.

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FitnessBlender.com’s Cardio and Toning Boot Camp

Kelly from FitnessBlender.com leads you through a quick cardio and toning workout. Don’t be intimidated by the boot camp name — it’s just nine exercises and 15 minutes of your time. Added bonus: You don’t need any equipment.

Cost: Free

Why we like it: Track your progress with the counter bar!

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HASfit’s Beginner Workout for Weight Loss & Strength

Coach Kozak leads this low-impact workout for weight loss and strength. All you need to get started are a couple of light dumbbells. The moves are easy to follow but also perfect for enhancing your flexibility and strength.

Cost: Free

Why we like it: A motivating coach. No quitting!

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Abs, Butt, & Thighs Workout

This circuit hosted by Jessica Smith requires no equipment, and includes a bunch of exercises you may have never seen before. Targeting your body’s midsection of abs, thighs, and buttocks, this is a great way to get your core primed for summer.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: She focuses on breathing as you go.

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PopSugar’s Beginner Workout

No gym equipment? No problem! All you need for this 15-minute workout is a chair or sturdy couch. Hosted by Anna Renderer, this routine is ideal for beginners because the moves are simple and geared to helping you build up your strength and confidence.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Simple moves with a focus on getting them down right.

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SparkPeople’s Desk Workout

Can you exercise at your desk? You bet! This video shows you how to exercise in a cubicle. All you need is a wall, a chair, and the floor. The set of 10 exercises is designed to work all your major muscle groups, and ends with seated stretches.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Workout any time of day!

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YogaGlo

Here you’ll find every type of yoga, and meditation classes, too. Choose classes by the type of yoga, length of the class, or instructor. These provide expert yoga instruction and plenty of classes that fit the 15-minute mark for someone who’s short on time.

Cost: $18 per month.

Why we like it: There are over 3,000 classes to choose from.

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Shape Magazine’s Cardio Blast Workout

Torch some major calories in just 15 minutes with this cardio blast workout. Jessica Smith’s video on Shape.com includes a two and a half minute warmup followed by 15 minutes of pure cardio. You repeat each interval set twice through before moving onto the next one.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: You are guaranteed to sweat!

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GymRa’s Beginner Total Body Workout

GymRa’s video features instructor Marissa doing beginner high-intensity moves that will get your heart rate up fast. You’ll do burpees and in-place jogging, and use light dumbbells for more high-intensity exercise. Floor exercises at the end will help you wind down.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Good blend of cardio and strength exercises.

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Shaun T.’s Miracle Workout

Fitness maven Shaun T. offers this 15-minute full-body toning and cardio workout featured on Dr. Oz. You’ll stay on your feet the whole time and really work up a sweat — no floor exercises here!

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Dr. Oz joins in, wearing scrubs.

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Zeus Fitness’s Cardio Workout

Zeus Fitness’s intense cardio routine utilizes your body weight as resistance to burn fat and calories. If you want some new moves to add to your quick daily routine, this video offers some great suggestions for crafting a highly effective workout.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: He freestyles all the way.

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Fat-Burning Pylo Workout

Melissa Bender’s high-intensity training workout uses effective moves for optimal fat blasting in just 15 minutes. No equipment needed to get the burn on, but one exercise can make use of a jump rope if you have one available.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: Maximum burn in a little time.

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Chris Powell’s Workout for Beginners

You might know Chris Powell from “Extreme Weight Loss” on ABC, where he helps people reach their weight goals. This is step one of his program, so it’s doable for people at any level of the fitness spectrum.

Cost: Free.

Why we like it: A great combo of floor and standing exercises.

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Get Fit Fast’s 15 Minutes of Pain

Adam Harper isn’t joking when he says his workout is intense — this is a boot camp-style routine like no other. But it’s bound to give you the results you desire, which is ultimately the whole point of working out!

Cost: Free

Why we like it: The attention to detail when it comes to correct form.

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