Is your schedule hectic, and you don’t have much time to exercise?
If so, read on because we are going to outline how to enjoy a simple 15 minute workout at home, even if you don’t have much equipment. And most importantly, it covers all of the major muscle groups, A-Z.
Let’s dive in.
15 Minute Workout At Home With Dumbbells
The purpose of this workout is to burn calories, help you get lean, and tone your muscles.
Here it goes:
|3-minute light cardio to warm-up||jumping jacks, jump rope, jog in place, high knees, etc.|
|Classic Push-up||Do as many reps as you can|
|Bent-over Dumbbell Rows||Aim for up to 15 reps or more if you’re using light weights|
|Dumbbell Side Raises||Control the tempo by raising and lowering the weight smoothly|
|Alternating Dumbbell Curls||Train through a full range of motion and squeeze your biceps at the top|
|2-dumbbell Kickbacks||Pick a pair of light dumbbells and train both triceps together|
|Crunches||Don’t worry so much about the rep count; strive to engage your abs on each rep|
|Bodyweight Squats||Do slow and controlled reps, descending as low as possible while keeping your heels on the ground|
15-Minute Workout At Home Without Dumbbells
The following workout is excellent for burning extra calories and developing several major muscle groups.
Here’s how to do it:
|3-minute light cardio to warm up||Jumping jacks, jump rope, jog in place, high knees, etc.|
|Classic Push-up||Do slow and controlled reps, descending until your nose is an inch or two from the floor|
|Bench Push-up||You can do these on a sturdy chair or even the kitchen counter|
|Chin-ups *||You will need a Pull-up bar|
|Supermans *||If you don’t have a pull-up bar, do these on the floor|
|Bench dips||Great for developing the triceps|
|Crunches||It’s best to have an exercise mat|
|Plank||You can pick from many variations|
|Bodyweight Squat||Descend until your thighs are parallel to the floor|
Sets And Reps Recommendations
Here are some workout recommendations for sets and reps based on fitness level:
- Beginner – 1 or 2 sets, 10 to 15 reps
- Intermediate – 2 or 3 sets, 6 to 12 reps
- Advanced – 3 or 4 sets, 6 to 12 reps
Of course, there are merely suggestions. You can experiment with different rep ranges and do more or fewer sets to see what works best.
Rest Periods, Workout Duration, and More
Let’s go over some additional recommendations for your 15-minute workout at home:
- Rest for 30 seconds between sets
- Rest up to 60 seconds between exercises
- An exercise ball can provide more options for effective workouts
- For weight loss, do additional cardio after your workout
If done correctly, the workout should take roughly 15 minutes or slightly more if you take longer to warm up.
Safety And Final Words
Any good workout starts with a warm-up session to prepare your body, reduce the injury risk, and optimize your performance. (1)
Your warm-up should begin with light cardio (e.g., jumping jacks) to raise your core body temperature. From there, do some dynamic stretching to improve muscle flexibility and overall mobility. Leg and arm swings, torso rotations, and bodyweight squats are good options.
From there, do a few warm-up sets, where you perform the first workout activity at a lower intensity. For example, if you’re about to do push-ups as a first movement, do a couple of warm-up sets of knee or incline push-ups.
Home Workouts Are Super Effective
You can achieve more variations in the gym which can be helpful, but it’s not crucial to achieve great results.
So whether you’re looking for a home bicep workout, home tricep workout, home chest workout, home back workout, or anything in between, the possibilities are endless. Home workouts are every bit as effective as gym workouts if you have the right plan.
- Elizabeth Quinn, M. S. (2020, March 13). Prevent injuries. Verywell Fit.
Home workouts: More effective than the gym? Orlando Health. (n.d.).