Reality is, we don’t always have an hour or two to fit in fitness. The good news is, there’s growing evidence that short, intense workouts can have significant impact, whether your goals are weight loss, muscle toning, or just working up a sweat.

When you’re short on time but don’t want to forgo fitness, a great workout video can make all the difference. Healthline searched for the year’s best workout videos that last 20 minutes or less. From full-body to core, flexibility to fat-burning, there’s a quick, challenging workout here for everyone.

Best 15-Minute Beginner Workout for Fat Burning

This speedy workout takes you through 15 challenging but low-impact exercises to work you out from head to toe. Certified trainer Emi Wong explains proper technique throughout the video. A handy timer in the corner lets you know how much longer you have for each exercise.

10-Minute Booty Burn

This quick, intense workout from Pamela Reif targets your glutes with no equipment or weights needed. Follow the full-length workout, which features a mix of booty exercises for 30 seconds each plus all the direction you need.

15-Minute Fat Burning Tabata Workout

Four rounds, seven exercises, 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest — and then you’re done! Follow the Body Coach during this high-intensity workout, which features challenging exercises like burpees, high knees, thrusters, mountain climbers, and more.

15-Minute Intense Six-Pack Ab Workout No Equipment

Burn out your core and learn proper technique for a variety of different core exercises from HASfit. With modifications for beginners, this is a great way to try a mix of movements to really work those abdominal muscles.

15-Minute Abs Workout

Jordan Yeoh shares his 15-minute ab routine, a Tabata workout with seven exercises and five rounds. Follow Jordan’s lead to burn out those core muscles. You’ll be sore afterward, but over time will see results!

15-Minute No-Equipment At-Home Cardio Workout

This cardio routine includes low-impact modifications so you can decide how hard to work. Directions in this circuit training video are clear and easy to follow. You don’t need any equipment to get your sweat on.

15-Minute Beginner Flexibility Routine

This full-body beginner flexibility routine is for people at any fitness level. Tom Merrick, the Bodyweight Warrior, offers clear direction to stretch your body from head to toe. Listen to his instructions and follow his form for proper technique and a relaxing, invigorating stretch throughout the body.

7-Minute Morning Workout Routine for Men

This is a seven-minute metabolic morning workout from Fit Father designed to boost your energy levels and metabolism. Combine pushups, burpees, air squats, and mountain climbers in four structured cycles of 10 seconds on and 10 seconds off, with an optional three-minute cooldown at the end. You’ll hit all the major muscle groups in the shortest amount of time.

The 7-Minute HIIT Workout

Celebrity fitness trainer Donovan Green shows Dr. Oz the value of a seven-minute high-intensity interval workout. Start with a basic one-minute warmup and a dynamic full-body stretch before moving into a series of resistance and cardio movements for one minute each. The key is to work as hard as you can for all seven minutes.

15-Minute Total Core/Ab Workout

Follow Maddie Lymburner through seven different ab exercises for one minute each, followed by 30 seconds of ab pulses. It’s an intense 15-minute core workout with tons of compound movements to hit your abdominals from every angle.

15-Minute No-Equipment, Full-Body Tabata Workout

This video is a full-body workout with advanced options and modifications. You’ll be finished in just 15 minutes after getting in classic and effective exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, and more.

If you want to nominate a video for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.


Jessica Timmons has been a freelance writer since 2007. She writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady accounts and the occasional one-off project, all while juggling the busy lives of her four kids with her ever-accommodating husband. She loves weightlifting, really great lattes, and family time.