fitness: September’s 15 minute workout

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Working toward muscle fatigue is a favorite of mine, and my all time favorite workout for that is Piyo.
For those moments when you just can’t squeeze in a 30 minute workout, this 15 minute circuit is sure to do the trick for you.

15 minute circuit

What you’ll need:

-8-10 lb weights

2-3 times a week, complete this circuit, in order, moving from one to another without resting. The goal is to do 4 rounds while minimizing – or eliminating – rest times in-between.

1. Dumbbell Squat Press

Begin by holding weights at your shoulders, elbows bent, feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and lower into a wide squat with your thighs nearly parallel to the floor. As you stand, press the weights overhead until your arms are straight. Repeat – do 10 times.

2. Dumbbell Deadlift

Stand tall in your best posture with weights in front of your thighs, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Engage your core as you bend at the hips to lower your torso to parallel with the floor. Keep your back flat and weights close to your legs. Squeeze your gluten and slowly roll back up. Repeat – do 20 times.

3. Weighted Row

Start in a pushup with each hand on a weight, holding your feet slightly wider than your hips. Bend your right elbow to raise the weight to your ribs. Keep your torso parallel to the floor and squeeze your gluten for balance. Lower your arm to return to start. Repeat on left side. That’s one rep – do 20 times.

4. Dumbbell Mountain Climber

Start in a pushup position with each hand on a weight. Engage your abs as you lift your right foot off the floor and slowly bring your knee toward your chest. Return your right leg to start, then repeat with your left leg. That’s one rep – do 20 times.

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