Workout Routines

15-Minute Workout: Squat for Size

The squat is the king of exercises. So what else do you need? Set up the bar in the squat rack and let's get to work.

by CSCS, MS
man standing at squat rack with barbell
Duration 15 min
Exercises 1
Equipment Yes

Nothing fancy here. Just a hearty helping of the traditional barbell back squat. Perform as many sets of six squats as you can in a 15 minute time frame. That's it. How hard can it be? We'll let you decide for yourself. Before tackling this total-body beatdown, be sure to follow the tips below.

Workout Tips

Pick a weight that you can normally do for 12 reps.

I always want to stress full range of motion - or as the kids nowadays like to call it ATG. If you have restrictions see a certified professional who can help you assess what needs correcting and then go about fixing it. Remember the goal is six reps per set so make sure you take enough time between sets. But ...

Your ultimate goal is how many sets of six can you perform in the allotted time, so rest wisely and quickly.

The 15 Pay Off

The squat is the king of exercises. It not only trains your legs but is one of the best abdominal exercises you can do. It will help you grow a bigger upper body, and will offer a damn good cardiovascular workout. Even though it’s only 15 minutes, this workout is not for the faint of heart. Work with a partner/spotter to be pushed to the limits.

The Workout

Exercise 1

Barbell Squat You'll need: Barbell How to
Barbell Squat thumbnail
-- sets
6 reps
-- rest
Perform as many sets of six squats as you can in a 15 minute time frame.
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