Cardio

The 10-minute holiday workout routine

Torch fat and improve your cardio—wherever you are—with this rapid-fire, bodyweight-only program.

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Duration 10
Exercises 5
Equipment X

Look, we all love the holiday season—but all the traveling, office parties, get-togethers, and miscellaneous chaos can really put a dent in your gym time. Hell, by the time New Year's Eve rolls around, you're practically begging for a quiet week alone with your beloved squat rack.

But even if you've had to sacrifice your Sunday lifts so you can attend brunch at your girlfriend's parents' house, we'll bet you still have a little time to get your sweat on. That's why we've created this 10-minute workout program. It's designed to kick-start your heart rate and burn a few calories, even when your schedule conspires against you. Plus, there's no equipment necessary—your bodyweight alone will suffice.

Directions

Perform the workout four to six times a week. Set a timer for however long you have to train—even if you've got only 10 minutes. Complete as many reps as you can of each exercise, and count them. Stop the set when your form breaks, and rest as needed. Make note of your total number of reps for the workout.

Each time you repeat the workout with the same time period, try to complete more total reps. For example, if you worked out for 10 minutes on Monday and 25 minutes on Wednesday but could manage only 10 minutes again on Friday, try to get more work done in Friday's session than in Monday's.

Begin your next workout with the exercise that ended your previous session.

For more fat-torching workouts

Check out the five rules of fast fat loss, the perfect 24-hour day for fat loss, and how to burn fat.

For a complete archive of our daily quick-hit routines, go to mensfitness.com/todaysworkout.

The 10-minute holiday workout routine

Exercise 1.

Bodyweight Squat You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
-- reps
Rest as needed rest

Exercise 2.

Jump Squat You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
-- reps
Rest as needed rest

Exercise 3.

Pushup How to
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-- sets
-- reps
Rest as needed rest

Exercise 4.

Lateral Bound You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
-- reps
Rest as needed rest

Exercise 5.

Burpee You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
-- reps
Rest as needed rest
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