Got 15 minutes? Try my ‘Done in a Flash’ workout

To busy to exercise? No time to get a little sweat on? Too many commitments vying for your attention?


Got 15 minutes? (Of course you do!) Try my ‘Done in a Flash’ workout.

All you need is a quarter of an hour. Fifteen measly minutes of your day. You know, the 15 minutes it takes for the rice to cook? The dishes in the dishwasher to air dry? Your kids to brush their teeth for bed?

You can do it while you watch TV. While you wait for your turn in the bathroom. During your kid’s soccer practice.

All you need is a water bottle, a pair of hand weights (I’m not picky, substitute soup cans if you must), comfortable clothes and supportive shoes and a device that measures time (a timer or a clock with a second hand). Go get them now!

The ‘Done in a Flash’ workout consists of a circuit of 5 exercises. Five exercises, that’s it!

You will perform each exercise for (up to) 1 minute, moving from one exercise to the next with minimal rest between. Complete the circuit three times and you’re done. In a flash.

This workout is appropriate for beginners and can be made challenging enough for even the 5-day-a-week gym goer (see below).

Beginners: use only body weight. If unable to complete the full 60 seconds, go as long as you can, and rest until the end of the minute. Immediately start the next exercise.

Intermediate and Advanced exercisers: see relevant modifications. Complete the circuit 6 times for a longer workout. Add plyometric squat jumps and switch jumps at the end!

Did you try it? What did you think? Were you ‘done in a flash’?

Disclaimer: While I am a certified Personal Trainer, this workout was not written with your specific needs in mind and as such, may not lead to the attainment of your personal fitness goals. Please consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.



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  1. Great quick routine! Good to take on the road, too. Could use water bottles in place of the weights–if your hotel room supplies them πŸ™‚

  2. you rock.
    Im sending this to my sister too.
    she works out in her cubicle (I know I know :)) and this is PERFECT.

  3. GIves flashing a whole new meaning! Don’t you love the word “Balderdash!”?

    • Yes, love it! Do you know the game by the same name? Interesting tid bit; the people who came up with it lived across the street from me when I was growing up. One of the creators, Laura Robinson, was my babysitter! And that’s not balderdash!

  4. Pinned, thanks for sharing we’ll have to give this a try.

  5. I don’t like to exercise but I know I need. I will definitely give this a try. By the way, what does “Pin Me” mean?

    • Susan, Pin Me is a reference to Pinterest, a relativel new social media platform for organizing your favorite web content visually on boards. If you use Pinterest, you can pin a photo of the workout to one of your boards for later reference. When you click on a picture displayed on a Pinterest board, it takes you directly to it’s original location on the web. You need an invite to join. If you want one email me and I’ll send you an invite via email!

  6. Great workout. And I even figured out how to pin it!

  7. Thank you Tamara, woke up this morning thinking oh boy I won’t have time…but this sure got me up and doing something…now I really gotto run! Thank you!

  8. Okay I have 15 minutes…haha! Great routine to try out. I pinned you! Hope your weekend is healthfully fun!

  9. You got me I do have 15 minutes! No reason not to now! Thanks. This helps lots!

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